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Gov. Signs Law Putting Politics Before Patients
Date:3/17/2010

Idaho Health Freedom Act Does Nothing to Tackle State's Health Care Crisis & Everything to Make it Worse

BOISE, Idaho, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The health care crisis hundreds of thousands of Idahoans face every day may have just gone from bad to worse with the stroke of a pen.  Today, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed the Idaho Health Freedom Act into law, a bill strongly opposed by AARP.

"This law does nothing to make Idaho's health care crisis better and everything to make it worse -- it is bad policy," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho.  "Families, children and the elderly are facing real health care problems, high costs and no access to needed health care; this bill doesn't address those kitchen-table issues."

The new law takes aim at a possible health insurance mandate under a non-existent federal health care law.  The law also allocates a minimum of $100,000 to defend the matter in federal court if needed. Legal experts across the nation have said such legal actions stand little to no chance of success.  


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