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The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) is adding its voice to a lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Idaho, to throw out health care reform laws passed by Congress last year. The IFF sent a “friend of the court” letter, calling the laws unconstitutional, to the federal appeals court in Georgia that will hear the case in June. “Congress asserts authority…

A federal district judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a key provision within President Barack Obama's federal health care reforms that requires citizens to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.  According to one official in the Idaho attorney general's office, the ruling helps Idaho's own case against federal health reforms, though it doesn't necessarily set a precedent. Virginia filed suit earlier…

Possibly one of the most substantial pieces of law to come out of the 2010 legislative session was the Idaho Health Freedom Act, a bill allowing the state attorney general to sue the federal government over health care reforms, specifically a mandate requiring that all citizens purchase health insurance. The bill was signed by Gov. Butch Otter, who received national…

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, the first state executive in the nation to sign legislation allowing his state to sue the federal government over federal health care reforms, cheered a decision by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson Thursday which will allow a 20-state legal challenge to proceed. “I’m pleased that the judge saw the importance of considering the merits of our…

Idaho has already doled out $5,000 to cover the early costs of its share of a lawsuit against the federal government over recent health care laws approved by Congress. That expense is the result of the Idaho Health Freedom Act, one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be approved by the Idaho Legislature this year. The legislation gave…

Day two at the Idaho Republican Party's wrapped up as delegates were treated to a pulled pork sandwich dinner at the Riverbend Ranch, owned by businessman and GOP donor Frank Vandersloot, head of the Melaleuca corporation.  Republicans were treated to the free food, as well as addresses from Vandersloot, Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch, and Fox News contributor Rich Galen. On…

The Idaho branch of AARP said the state Senate's decision to approve the Idaho Health Freedom Act Tuesday could spell disaster for the state's health care system. “This legislation will do more harm than good for Idaho,” said AARP Idaho State Director Jim Wordelman. “This legislation does nothing to address the health care crisis facing hundreds of thousands of Idahoans…

The Idaho Senate voted 24-10 in favor of the Idaho Health Freedom Act Tuesday.  The legislation, which would shield Idahoans from possible federal health care mandates, now heads to the governor's desk.  The Idaho Health Freedom Act could also help the state in a potential lawsuit against the federal government over health care, according to its sponsor, Rep. Jim Clark,…

The Idaho Senate will likely debate and vote on the Idaho Health Freedom Act Tuesday.  The proposal would shield Idahoans from possible mandates related to federal health care reform.  It has been on the Senate calendar for debate since Feb. 25.  The main reason for the delay has been senators' efforts to act on pieces of legislation originating in the…

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