Idaho Defeat of Health Care Nullification Bill

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Author: AARP
Published: 2011/02/25 - Updated: 2022/05/23
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Senators on the State Affairs Committee took a stand and voted down a measure to nullify the federal health care law in Idaho. The bill sailed through the House in the face of two opinions by the Idaho State Attorney General's office, pointing out both the unconstitutionality of efforts to nullify the federal health care law and the glaring risk to the state. Nullification of the health care law could have forced thousands of older Idahoans to struggle with prescription drug costs, leaving many to go without - today, the actions of a handful of Idaho Senators prevented what could have proven a statewide disaster.

Introduction

Averting a potentially disastrous piece of legislation, a majority of Idaho Senators on the State Affairs Committee took a bold stand and voted down a measure to "nullify" the federal health care law in Idaho. Today, AARP commended those lawmakers for their opposition to House Bill 117. The move saves the state billions of dollars, prevents the loss of thousands of health care jobs, and preserves access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Idahoans, including senior's access to prescription drugs.

Main Digest

"Nullification of the health care law could have forced thousands of older Idahoans to struggle with prescription drug costs, leaving many to go without - today, the actions of a handful of Idaho Senators prevented what could have proven a statewide disaster," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho. "AARP commends those members of the Senate State Affairs Committee who voted against the bill for staving off a short-sighted approach that held dire implications for Idaho."

The bill sailed through the House in the face of two opinions by the Idaho State Attorney General's office, pointing out both the unconstitutionality of efforts to nullify the federal health care law and the glaring risk to the state.

"We know not everyone agrees with the new health care law, but this approach was the wrong one - it would've put many Idahoans at an unneeded risk of not being able to have access to health care," added Wordelman.

Earlier this month, AARP warned against the nullification efforts, releasing a Nullification-By-The-Numbers to remind legislators and the public of the potential impact the measure could have on Idahoans of all ages.

The bill posed a direct threat to:

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