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Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:48

Letter to Lieutenant Governor, Brad Little

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I chasten Mr. Little for the company he keeps, define the term Conservative, and express my hope this is his penultimate February in his Job.

I received a standard form letter from Mr. Little, the other day -- I'm sure many of you received the same letter.  The letter was entitled : Presidential Inaugural Overshadowed by Federal Government's Failures.  And honestly, I agree with what he said.  But this month, we have been battling the Administration of the State on this State Insurance Exchange issue.  And that is what was on my mind, and in the context of that -- his rant on Barry O.  and the Federal Government seamed -- hollow.  Seemed a little pot calling the kettle black, if you will forgive an old euphemism.  So I wrote this pseudo-essay rant and sent it to him.  

By Jon Colson via Facebook:
Boise - Fellow Idaho patriots, today the Idaho Senate Commerce and Human resources committee betrayed Idaho. They voted to send senate bill 1042 to the full senate with their blessing.

They provided a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes in two days for the general public to give testimony, even though they had a room full of people who clearly opposed the measure by no less than 2 to 1.

On Tuesday, it was asked by Senator Lakey, why we should delay. I would ask, why were they in such a rush?

They took an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution...they betrayed that oath today.

Two of them had the nerve to opine about how they hate Obama+care, but voted in favor. Seven of them claim to be republicans but voted in favor.

The only dissent was Senator Brandon Durst, but his only opposition was not to the exchange, but that the legislature would have very limited oversight as presented.

So, most of you know that I am for tossing all incumbents in the 2014 primary, however I realize that it is sometimes hard to find challengers in all races. Here is a list of those who violated their oath today. Please be sure that there is a challenger in their next race or draft one: 

Idaho Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee
Senator Affiliation District Vote Notes
John Goedde RINO 4 Yes  
Dan Schmidt Democrat 5 Yes  
Todd Lakey RINO 12 Yes  
Fred Martin RINO 15 Yes  
Jim Patrick RINO 25 Yes  
Dean Cameron RINO 27 Yes disgusting support and CLEARLY loves his own voice
Jim Guthrie RINO 28 Yes  
John Tippets RINO 32 Yes  
Brandon Durst Democrat 18 NO voted against, but loves Obama+care & state exchange

 

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:35

It's about ETHICS!

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6 Reasons to Reject Governor Otter's State-run, Federally- controlled Health Insurance Exchange Agenda.

By Chad Inman

Originally posted on Facebook

BoiseIt’s about ETHICS! 6 Reasons to Reject Governor Otter’s State-run, Federally- controlled Health Insurance Exchange Agenda.

Democrats in Idaho's legislature have had a lot to say about ethics in our legislature, and what they believe have been breaches of ethics among Republicans. At times, the Democrats' concerns over the previous two years have been quite valid. Yet, today, both Democrats and many Republicans are complicit in colossal conflicts of interests, breaches of ethical trust, and a well-orchestrated effort by some of the special interests of corporate America to manipulate Idaho state law.

Consider these facts:

 

Last year, when a Republican candidate should have waltzed to victory, Mitt Romney got his teeth knocked in by a man who could fairly be called the single least competent American President in history. This beating had very real consequences.

1) Barack Obama feels empowered: Liberals are always vulgar in defeat and hubristic in victory, but Barack Obama has become so toweringly arrogant that it wouldn't be a surprise if he were getting himself fitted for a crown. He's acting as if he expects to have anything and everything he wants handed to him on a silver platter and if anything gets in his way, he'll simply shred the Constitution, ignore the law, or issue an executive order and dare the Republican Party to do something about it.

 

The one of the most amazing parts of this story

- is it if from NBC News!

EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

Letter from Representative Janet Trujillo

Representative Janet Trujillo Good Ladies and Gentlemen,

The healthcare questions have weighed heavy on my mind. I like so many was very disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision on June 28, 2012. When the decision came in I realized Idaho was at a crossroads. I was very open-minded compared to some in my political party and leaned toward a State Exchange even before the Governor came out with his decision. I had taken the initiative to come over to Boise and sit through some of the healthcare task force meetings. I have taken the time to do some extensive research on certain aspects of the law even going so far as getting AG opinions. I like so many have been listening to all the talk going around the capital and have been surprised by the amount of conflicting information available. With SB1042 hitting committee last week I knew I had to take the opportunity to read the bill and become educated for myself. After reading and becoming familiar with SB1042 I took the time this weekend to meet with experts on the Affordable Care Act. I have done a lot of reading, listening and asking questions which have lead me to a decision based on my research.

 

Thursday, 31 January 2013 19:56

Abortion, the State Exchange & Obama+Care!

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We don't need a State Exchange to preserve Idaho's Insurance Prohibition on Abortion.

Some in the insurance lobby are claiming: The State Exchange is the only way to protect the "abortion opt-out language" the pro-life groups put in
place last year. That statement is false. See email below. Also Mary Spaulding Balch, Director of State legislation with NRTL confirmed this. 

Attached are copies of the applicable statute (42 U.S. Code section 18023), and the implementing regulations (45 Code of Federal Regulations section 156.280) with regard to the state option to prohibit abortion coverage in "qualified health plans" sold through exchanges. As you can see, no distinction is made based on whether an exchange is state or federally operated.

Hope this helps.

Ed

 

 

The People Power Plan was developed by Dr. Loel Fenwick and Dr. Richard Sugden. It is a voluntary alternative to commercial insurance based on a distributed system of personal healthcare Internet portals in patients’ homes, in doctors’ offices and in the facilities of other providers of medical goods and services. (Patents are applied for.)

Personal healthcare portals give consumers control of their healthcare choices with medical information, comparable effectiveness of various medical options, control over their medical records, control of savings and payments, health status monitoring and access to “health navigators.”

In 2012 employers paid $12,000 for a family of four, and the family paid $5,000 (plus another $3,500 in out-of-pocket expenses) for insured healthcare. This totals more than $20,000 a year -- more than $800,000 over a 40 year working career. In the People Power plan, employers and employees instead pay post-tax contributions of only $12,500 a year, or approximately $500,000 over 40 years, into consumer-owned Insured Contingency Escrow (ICE) accounts that are dedicated to paying for specified expenses including health care.

Patients shop and pay for an average of under $200,000 for lifetime medical care, and buy very-high-deductible insurance to pay for expenses beyond the ICE balance. At current insurance costs, career family savings approximate $170,000.

The People Power plan will first be implemented as pilot programs in States where legislators can provide a level playing field where citizens are free and able to choose the care they want, and where providers, insurers and businesses are free to compete with the access, quality, service and pricing that consumers value. With changes in Federal and State law, the plan could be also offered to recipients of Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs.

 

 


 


 

Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:33

Why a State-Based Exchange is BAD for Idaho

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4 Reasons Why a State-Based Exchange is BAD for Idaho

by Sen. Russ Fulcher, Senate GOP Caucus Chairman

The legislature will soon vote whether or not to create a state-based health exchange in Idaho. An exchange is the implementation mechanism for Obamacare (ie: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA). At this point, a state-based exchange is the wrong move for Idaho, and here are four reasons why:

There is an astounding shortage of academic studies that analyze the negative economic impacts of environmental policies. Anyone who has ever worked for an industry that has been decimated by the stroke of a pen knows full well the damage that can result from the reckless pursuit of radical environmental policy. Nevertheless, many regulations that are proposed and adopted in the name of saving the planet solicit the best scientific and commercial data to inform the decision that is being made. As federal agencies propose new rules they are quick to identify science that supports what they want to do, and the commercial data that would indicate the economic costs of wilderness, endangered species listings, etc. is always lacking.

 

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