The Great State of Idaho is now not only the most beautiful State in the Union but now it is the BRIGHTEST! Not only are we a “liberty first” State, we are now the State leading the way for other States to join with us in Repealing and Replacing Obamacare by IGNORING IT! By allowing for free markets and free citizens and families to chose the type of healthcare insurance they want, not what an overreaching Central Government thinks we NEED!
Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed an Executive Order in January of 2018. The EO directs the Idaho Department of Insurance to allow insurers to create insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare rules but serve the needs of Idaho citizens! Novel Concept!
In defending this EO, the Governor stated:
“Congress and President Trump have eliminated the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy Obamacare plans or face financial penalties. That means we will no longer be penalized for buying coverage that doesn’t meet all the Obamacare rules.”
“We have been waiting patiently while Congress has been unable to find a solution and Idaho families have been forced to buy products that are too expensive and loaded with benefits they don’t want or need. Now the door is open for states to pursue our own reasonable solutions.”
Enter the Legal Beagles. A law professor at Washington and Lee University, Tim Jost, questioned the constitutionality of the Otter EO. “States can’t say we’ve decided we’re not going to follow the federal law anymore. We tried that in the 1860s and it didn’t work.” Mr. Jost’s drawing an equivalency between slavery and Obamacare mandates is actually somewhat true, but in the negative! It would be like the Federal Government MANDATING Slavery rather than abolishing slavery! Also, just to be clear, the 1860 issue was over the States right to severe its membership in the Union. In this instance, it is over the States rights to govern its citizens concerning matters not specifically attributed to the Federal Government by the US Constitution! Keep in mind, less than a 3.6 percent of the American Citizens are actually enrolled in Obamacare! Obama himself had kept Obamacare from being universally implemented by annually granting exemptions to private employers, labor unions and many others. Obamacare is not the “law of the land” as it has not been implemented by its namesake!
Being a recent escapee from the Communist Socialist Republic of California, the Idaho EO is a breath of fresh air. Leaving the lawlessness of California behind, and its self-described Sanctuary State designation that pits illegal immigrants against its own citizens, and its flagrant flouting of the Federal laws against Marijuana and others, Idaho standing up for the rights of its citizens to seek and buy, or not, healthcare insurance that suits their needs, is the epitome of Constitutional Protections under the Tenth Amendment.
Whether the legislatively prone Chief Justice John Roberts will concur with Otter’s EO or not, may be known in the next session of the Supreme Court beginning in October of 2018. But, Roberts had no problem taking rights away from US Citizens in his idiotic justification for the Obamacare “Tax” and “Mandates”, that Obama said was not a tax, so maybe he will “right” his wrong and vote to uphold the rights of US citizens…
Regardless, as a recent immigrant to Idaho, I am proud of my new State, its people, its government, and our new domicile in Coeur d’Alene. Hopefully, other states will see that standing by their citizens and their rights is worth taking on the courts and perhaps the Federal Government. I doubt that the Trump Administration would join in a lawsuit against Idaho for trying to kill Obamacare! Governor Otter may even receive a medal from President Trump!