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AARP Urges Key Senate Committee to Say No to Idaho Health Freedom Act
Date:2/16/2010

Vague, Ill-Conceived Legislation Could Wreak Havoc on Idaho's Health Care System

BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Idaho families, businesses and retirees struggle with soaring health care costs, a vague bill aimed at tackling an issue in a non-existent federal health care law could make the crisis worse for many of the state's residents.  The Idaho Health Freedom Act (HB 391) is set to be heard by Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee tomorrow morning, and AARP says the legislation is unproven, untried and vague and is urging them to reject the bill.

"The short and long-term policy implications and unintended consequences of this bill could spell disaster for Idahoans," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho.  "The Idaho Health Freedom Act touts 'liberty' and 'freedom' as its guiding principles, however the bill could well tie the hands of state legislators to tackle real health care issues in Idaho."

The bill seeks to prohibit a federal government mandate for Idaho residents to have health insurance - though a policy has long been in place requiring students at state colleges and universities to carry health insurance, without it they can't enroll.  

AARP opposition to the Idaho Health Freedom Act.

  • The measure could draw the state into costly litigation, leaving Idaho's ability to tackle health care issues subject to a court interpretation.  
  • If passed and signed into law, it could result in the loss of over $1.6 billion'/>"/>

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