Thursday, April 15, 2010

Health Care: Three Idaho Approaches

Rex Rammell, elk rancher and candidate for Idaho governor, appeared on national news last week. He voiced his support for militias and his opposition to the recent health care reform act. When questioned, he stated that he is not a militia member and that he had participated in rifle practice with the North Idaho Lightfoot Militia at their invitation.

Rammell has a different approach to health care reform than Idaho Governor Butch Otter. Otter had pledged to be the first governor to file suit against the federal government for imposing health insurance on all Idaho citizens; a promise he has since made good on. Last week Rammell warned, "We do not recognize your authority to come into the state and force us to buy insurance, and if you try we're going to throw you in jail." He quoted Jefferson in support of his position: "When injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes our duty."

While film of Rex Rammell and the militia aired on MSNBC's Hardball last week, another candidate for Idaho governor was looking for a creative solution to providing health care to Idahoans under the new law. Keith Allred suggested that Idaho may be able to use an exclusion clause in the health care reform act to craft a solution tailored for Idaho and pledged to work toward this goal.

This was the first time that Allred has spoken out on health care: he first took time to learn what the law says.

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