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Idaho House Moves State Closer to Health Care Disaster
Date:2/9/2010

Passage of Problem-Riddled Health Freedom Act Could See Idaho Lose $1.6 Billion from Feds & Thousands of Jobs

BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Idaho House approved legislation today laying the groundwork to oppose a non-existent federal health care law, the long-term effects of the move could be felt for years to come.  AARP is calling the Idaho Health Freedom Act (House Bill 391) a disastrous and problem-riddled piece of legislation that, if signed into law, could see Idaho lose nearly $1.6 billion in federal health care funding for the state and cost thousands of jobs.  

AARP has made the issue an "accountability vote" -- meaning it will record the roll call vote and inform its 180,000 Idaho members how their legislators voted.  Earlier today, AARP notified all members of the Idaho House of the "accountability vote" initiative, marking the first time the effort has been launched in the state.

"This legislation takes aim at opposing a law or issue that doesn't even exist -- that's simply irresponsible. It could deliver unknown consequences to Idaho's health care system and take years to undo," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho.  "If the Idaho Health Freedom Act becomes law, our state could lose money and jobs at a time when we can't afford to lose either."  

The legislation, cosponsored by Representatives Jim Clark, Lynn Luker and Raul Labrador, attempts to prohibit the federal government from requiring people to carry health insurance -- with
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