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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 9:39 am

By DAVID COLE

Staff writer

COEUR d’ALENE — If it’s up to state legislators from North Idaho, the federal health-care overhaul law commonly known as “Obamacare” will continue to be a hot topic next year.

“It is such a huge issue,” state Sen. Steve Vick said Wednesday at the annual Legislative Send-off luncheon at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn. The event was hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, and legislators shared their outlooks for the legislative session starting next month in Boise.

Ron Mendive, a newly elected Republican state House member from Coeur d’Alene, said Obamacare — also known as the Affordable Care Act — is a “job killer.”

“As far as industry goes, that’s a really serious issue,” Mendive said. “The federal government is trying to take over one-fifth of the U.S. economy, and that has ramifications far beyond anything we have even begun to discuss to this point.”

He’s hoping the state can come up with alternatives.

On Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced the state is opting for a state-based health insurance exchange under the terms of Obamacare. The alternative was a federal exchange. The state Legislature still gets to be heard on the matter.

Ed Morse, a Hayden Republican who was elected in November to his first term in the state House, said Obamacare will be the most important issue for the Legislature.

“None of us like Obamacare,” he said.

But while the Idaho Republicans don’t like Obamacare, there isn’t a lot of agreement about where to go from there. While some like a state-based health insurance exchange, others believe a larger pool would spread the risk around better.

A health insurance exchange is an online marketplace where consumers can compare and purchase health insurance in one place.

“There are some other alternatives out there but we haven’t been able to get the governor’s office to really listen to those to this point,” said Bob Nonini, a state representative who was elected last month to the Senate.

Vick, a Dalton Gardens Republican, said, “I would prefer to go where Oklahoma has gone.”

That state’s attorney general is challenging penalties employers face if they don’t offer affordable health-care coverage to their workers.

“That’s the approach that I’m going to take,” he said. “I think that would be good for employers.”

He also cited a $63-per-head fee to help cover people with pre-existing conditions under the law, adding up to tens of millions of dollars for the largest employers and passed on to employees.

“So there are some challenges we have to face,” Vick said. “And we’ll probably have some different opinions on how to approach them.”

Obamacare’s requirement that individuals get health insurance was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Luke Malek, a Coeur d’Alene resident just elected to the state House, said, “In my opinion, Idaho had a role in Obamacare.”

That’s because, he said, Idaho didn’t come up with a quality health-care model at the state and local level.

“I don’t think it’s too late to do that,” said Malek, a Republican. “I think that’s something we need to be proactive about moving forward.”

He said the state must be creative within the framework of Obamacare, which is the law of the land.

“If there are legal challenges we can take, we’ll take those,” he said.

State Rep. Frank Henderson, of Post Falls, attended the luncheon, but he didn’t weigh in on Obamacare.

In the upcoming session, the Republican said he wants to work to lower Idaho’s corporate tax rate, which is the highest of the western states at 7.4 percent.

He would like to cut it in half, lowering the front-end costs for businesses looking to locate to Idaho.

“Then we’d be competitive with every other state,” said Henderson, who serves as chairman of the Business committee.

Idaho already has lower energy costs and worker compensation levels, he said.

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40 comments:

  • The Golden Mean posted at 11:47 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "So; laugh while you can. Eventually your laughter will turn into fear"

    Must be hard to enjoy life and be so paranoid at the same time. Maybe I can help, here's the rest of the story...

    TARP is GWB's baby. Sure, Obama did press for a $787 billion stimulus plan in 2009, as well as a bailout of the automakers in Detroit. But he also deserves credit for winding both of those down.

    The number of federal employees grew by 123,000, or 6.2%, under President Obama. But, most of the hiring increases came in the departments of homeland security, justice, veterans and defense - Almost all because of Bush policies.

    Also, much of the increased spending has come from mandatory spending such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The aging of the population can't be blamed on President Obama.

    Many of the safety net programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, automatically expand during economic downturns. And in the face of prolonged high jobless rates, it was Congress who authorized extending federal unemployment benefits to a record 99 weeks. Maybe you forgot that the initial extension was passed under President Bush?

     
  • max power posted at 9:03 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    To JoeIdaho:

    As usual Joe your comments are spot on. You have the ability to see the forest and not just the grove of trees or just the tree in front of your face. Before I settle into a Sunday with my Directv NFL package let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas...

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 3:25 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    GM says:
    "Please name President Obama polices responsible for the debt. Not the bills he's had to pay Joe, name the policies that caused the debt"
    TARP 2, QE1, 2, 3 & 4. $85 BILLION a month in Federal Buying of Bonds. Spetacular Fderal increases in ALL government sector spending. Blowbama has hired 114 people a day on AVERAGE since the election. Federal government now ADVERTISES foos stamp availability, ENCOURAGING people to use it. Demorats LIVE on the premise of "giving more" in exchange for votes. They promise other people's money & taxes in exchange for votes. Simple.


    "I am... so bent"
    Yes, you are.
    Your people want higher fuel prices, no guns, higer taxes, and more spending.


    "Start laughing, I've actually had an almost $100 burger at Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in Las Vegas. Fyi... Nosworthy's (Still Ground Round to me) was better"
    Always the joke, GM.
    In the end the joke WILL be on you, as millions on millions of Americans won't be able to PAY for food as prices skyrocket out of sight. The first & most affected will be those on pensions ^ welfare; as their incomes are fixed, while hyperinflation is not.
    So; laugh while you can. Eventually your laughter will turn into fear; liek mine & everyone else's, when you start watching food riots on tv, when instead of FIGHTING over Black Friday discounts, people will be fighting over not starving.

    All the while, you'll be joking about spending, printing money, calling the insane American spiral into financial chaos a "credit card problem".

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 3:17 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    jmow says:
    "Joe, how many idiotic names for the president do you have"?
    Millions. No, more.

    "And as for these rising gas prices Obama likes...apparently that's the reason the price of regular at the station across the street from my house will probably drop below $3/gallon by the end of next week"
    Wow, did you say less than $3.00 a gallon? Man; we're lucky, that still only DOUBLE what it was when the idiot came into office.
    DING DING:
    Blowbama's cabinet members have said repreatedly that higher fuel prices are justified in order to get "America moving in the right direction green wise". So yes, he IS FOR higher fuel prices, and will always be.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 12:05 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "Blowbama is THE reason for America's major debt"

    Please name President Obama polices responsible for the debt. Not the bills he's had to pay Joe, name the policies that caused the debt.


    "UNLESS you are bent on changing things"

    I am... so bent.


    "Soon, $100.00 will buy you a cheeseburger, and I'll laugh out loud"

    Start laughing, I've actually had an almost $100 burger at Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in Las Vegas. Fyi... Nosworthy's (Still Ground Round to me) was better.

     
  • jmowreader posted at 11:23 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 995

    Will, the idiot Republicans in Congress decided to destroy the post office. They did it by requiring the US Postal Service to prefund its pension account 75 years in advance, and they got five years to do it.

    The Postal Service is, right now, socking away money to pay the pensions of workers whose parents aren't born yet. It makes absolutely no sense to anyone except people who want to intentionally bankrupt the Postal Service for no reason whatsoever, or maybe to make the Postal Service more attractive to corporate raiders in the event the Congress decides to violate the Constitution and sell the USPS.

    End this overfunding, and the Post Office becomes very profitable.

     
  • jmowreader posted at 11:16 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 995

    Joe, how long have you lived in Idaho anyway? Shaun Winkler is the guy who runs the Idaho chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He was in all the papers because he ran in the primary for Bonner County sheriff in 2012, and 180 people were stupid enough to vote for him.

     
  • jmowreader posted at 11:14 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 995

    Joe, how many idiotic names for the president do you have?

    And as for these rising gas prices Obama likes...apparently that's the reason the price of regular at the station across the street from my house will probably drop below $3/gallon by the end of next week.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:30 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    "Being questioned"???? HAABWAHHHAHAHAAAAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

    Uhh. Wrong.
    Blowbama is THE reason for America's major debt. You call it a "credit card", the majority of people call it insanity.

    Your peeultimate paranoia about Republicans & religion, guns & big oil don;t hold any water, UNLESS you are bent on changing things; as in no more guns for people (which you are FOR) and against Religion, especially Christianity (which you are AGAINST). Your buddy bumbama, he's ALL FOR higher gas prices, that way he can have it both ways; he makes the oil companies richer, at the same time he punishes Americans into driving little plactic cars that catch fire but are "green" whatever that means.

    You voted for the goon, now you get to own it. Soon, $100.00 will buy you a cheeseburger, and I'll laugh out loud.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 8:47 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "Conservatives have a "losing attitude" when under attack"

    Not under attack, being questioned. Worried about continued abuse of the country's credit card. Most of today's debt is not from Obama policies.

    I want the Republicans to represent business... not religion, not guns, not big oil. Not sure right now who is steering the elephant.

    Agree that spending cuts are needed, not happy about about President Obama's $4 million airplane ride to Hawaii. However, important to note that GWB spent more flying to and from Texas.

    We need a party who knows how to run a business. Once upon a time it was the Republicans.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 4:51 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I love it.
    Conservatives have a "losing attitude" when under attack, and you "don't get it", huh GM? I mean, WHY shoudl anyone have a "negative attitude" when your taxes are going up; EVERYTHING you buy costs more money, and the government flat out lies to you about inflation, jobs, the economy, while at the same time BLAMING YOU for not "paying your fair share".

    No, GM, America is NOT working now. And the very simple reason is politics, precisely the ones you voted for. The conservatives that are still trying to make money right now are the only ones still working; and soon they'll stop too. Then, you'll start to comprehend just how bad things can get, economically, in this country.

    Your folks, GM, are the ones "not complaining", and that's because they represent the welfare class, those mooching off of the rest of us; the ones who pay NO taxes, and complain because tyey don't get enough form the government for free. That's your crowd, and it's gonna be fun watching them writhe when the money wagon runs out of cash.
    Coming soon to a town near you:

    "No more money; world loses faith in US dollar; runs on banks occurring natinwide; economists say it could have been avoided with spending cuts".

    Blowbama is going to RAISE taxes and SPEND more money.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 12:00 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "Get used to making less money"

    I'll never get used to having a losing attitude. Conservatives have become a negative bunch.

    Still lots of money to made. Perhaps not as much short term cash as there was being made during the Reagan/Bush bubble years, but that was not sustainable. Not sure why some people think that America is not working unless we are in a boom.

    Wish Conservatives would stop whining and get back to work. Our country would benefit more from work ethic than it would from complaining.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:29 am on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    You yawn, I prep, you'll starve. Thank Blowbama when you start to COMPREHEND what hyperinfation is.

     
  • truthful1 posted at 9:17 am on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Yawn...I just thank god that the Idaho Idioacracy has basically zero influence in this country.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 8:04 am on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    That fictional character is the same one all over this country, and he is literally being taken apart & destroyed by YOUR president, YOUR party, and ALL they represent.

    Get used to making less money, GM.

     
  • Don posted at 1:41 am on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    Don Posts: 2

    who runs the post office? how many TAX dollars fund the post office? lets see how you do. only 2 questions to answer.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 12:04 am on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "John Galt is the American Enterpreneur, Businessman, Inventor, Capitalist, and Patriot"

    He's a fictional character in a book, he's Ayn Rand's Pinocchio.


    "Think the "capitalists" ruined everything?"

    No I don't, I am an American Capitalist and I paint paint pictures of profit with people. Without people, I cannot do what I do. The more cooperative the worker, the more profitable the capitalist.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 5:31 pm on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    fleshy, I don't know who Shaun Winkler is. Evidently there's others that think like me....DUH.

    John Galt is the American Enterpreneur, Businessman, Inventor, Capitalist, and Patriot.
    He's the one who YOUR side despises, he's the one you work HARD to show as greedy & heartless. He's also the primary emploter in this Nation who will NOT hire people until folks like you stop using class warfare to denigrate his efforts.

    Think things are bad now? Give it another 6 months.
    Think the "capitalists" ruined everything?
    Wait until they're gone.

     
  • Don posted at 3:06 pm on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    Don Posts: 2

    hey numnuts. why is the usps going broke? come on nutjob.turn off FOX comedy NEWS and search for the real reason. hint; has to do with the r e p u b l i c a n t s when they controled the senate, buy forcing usps to pay $ 5billion in advance for what????? come on the answer is out there.. and also Mr. NO NUTS not one cent is paid to the postal service with ANY tax dollars! and that is a FACT.sooo come on,,, hairless scrotu boy. WHY DOES THE USPS HAVE TO PAY $5BILLION in ten years, AND FOR WHAT ? Rush, hannity,O riely,Beck,coulter and the rest of your america haters, deep down they know why.but they can't tell the truth without loosing there jobs.so I guess it's up to you to find the TRUTH on your own. I know that must seem like a daunting task for you to handle. why not have a 3rd grader help you.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 2:23 pm on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "WHO IS JOHN GALT?"

    He's pretend. Let's play "Who is Joe Cassano?"

    He's real, he's the financial deviant from AIG who crashed the company and the economy. He publicly misrepresented the integrity of his portfolio, hid $500 billion in bets from his company and then did not tell investors about $3.6 billion in losses.

    Go Capitalism!

     
  • Flash Gordon posted at 12:46 pm on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1164

    Well, boy howdy, Joe. It's sure good to see you back after slumming over at Shaun Winkler's website/blog. Must have been a slow day over there.......

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 12:08 pm on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Yes, really; capitalism was FINE until socialist professors started teaching Marxist dogma in our universities. Then, enterpreneurs & CAPITALISTS became the enemy; and soon all the jobs literally disappeared; as manufacturing also became "bad" and all of it moved away, overseas.

    GM, you blame the SYMPTOM instead of the disease. More people would HAVE insurance if they had JOBS, but hey; more jobs=less commie voters. Also, in yoru diatribe, you conveniently forgto to mention thet boomers that are entering retirement age at the same time there are less people paying....WHAT are you going to do when there's no money to pay for any of it? Or is it OK because the government's got it handled?

    WHO IS JOHN GALT?

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 11:41 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "Capitalism ran FINE until demorats decided that they could CONTROL it"

    Really? A study by the American Journal of Medicine reported that medical debt was the number one reason behind bankruptcy filings in the USA, accounting for 62 percent of personal bankruptcies.

    The share of the economy devoted to health care increased from 7.2 percent in 1970 to 17.9 percent in 2009 and 2010. Costs are projected to rise to 25 percent of GDP in 2025. One of the main drivers of that increase is the cost of the uninsured.

    Go Capitalism!

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 11:19 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Capitalism ran FINE until demorats decided that they could CONTROL it.

    Enjoy rationed healthcare, Morons.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 10:12 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "Like another poster said, they can't run a post office profitably, HOW can you IMAGINE they can control the largest industry in America?"

    Can't run capitalism very well either, high percentage of bankruptcies are people who cannot pay their medical bills because they do not have health insurance.

     
  • hubba 1 posted at 9:47 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    hubba 1 Posts: 5

    One of the things I really enjoy about living in Idaho is when the feds, or the people of Idaho, thru the inititive process forces the state kicking and screaming into the new millinium.

    Obamacare is comparable to the social security plan of FDR, and the medicare program of LBJ. Its medical care for the ones that cannot afford it themselves. The public presently pays for emergency care for the poor now, which until obamacre was their medical plan and obamacare is much more economical than emergency care. I feel that because we live in such a right wing wacko area of the US that these hard core repulblican politicians cannot see the forest for the trees. So then, like it or not, its the new deal, the new social security, the new medicare program, and Idaho needs to get used to it.

    IN addition, being the 50th state in the union in dollars spent per student, it was truly appreciated telling Mr Luna, Mr. Goedde, and Mr. Nonini to take their educational proposals and shove it. The patrons of education in Idaho do not want bare bones for our students. We dont want computers for our students to take online classes. Online classes are not educational, smaller class size and quality teachers are and we patrons of Idaho want the best education possible for out students and your proposals were not that.

    The teachers union is Idaho is almost non existant and is not a factor. The people saw thru that argument as again being right wing wacko and showed you where you could put your proposals. Kudos to the public, like Lincoln said, you cant fool them all the time:))

    Again, one of the best reasons to live in Idaho is that occasionally you get to tell these right wing wachos to shove it and saying no to the education proposals of Luna and accepting Obama care are two of them you wackos will just have to get used to.

     
  • max power posted at 9:44 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Libtard Mindset: What? You mean my "FREE" Healthcare Is Going To Cost Twice As Much? ***

    It's now being reported out of Washington that healthcare premiums are poised to double for some small businesses and individual buyers when Obamacare's major provisions start in 2014.

    If you remember not one Republican idea was incorporated into the Obamacare bill. Not one Congressman read the entire bill, and had to be passed in the Senate by a "Reconciliation Maneuver" (Nuclear Option) and not passed as a law is normally passed. The negotiations were supposed to be open and transparent and televised on C-Span, but instead were crafted behind closed doors with no Republicans in the room.

    Legislation as large as healthcare for the nation should have been passed in incremental bills, not as a 4 foot stack of rules and regulations with all the hidden taxes that the Libtard Democraps crammed in it. Over 2000 waivers (Unions & Obama supporters) have already been given. Religious institutions were lied to. What was once touted as a penalty for not purchasing insurance later morphed into a "TAX".

    Not one Republican voted for this monstrosity. This is 100% Democrap based ideology in motion that is not fiscally or factually sound. The entire premise of funding Obamacare was on the assumption that Obama's Porkulus Stimulus Package ( trillion dollars with interest) would have the economy growing at 4% a year. It isn't. So where is the money coming from to fund this? It's only going to get worse when Obama hands out the "Amnesty" candy to 30+ million illegal alien mexican nationals in the next 4 years. Taxes on productive people will continue go up to subsidize those who are not...

    "More people with same or fewer Doctors. Healthcare rationing can't be far behind" - Dr. Ben Dover

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 7:33 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 535

    Oh if I could only see all the faces of the Obama zombies when all this garbage kicks in. Oh to be present just so I could say "told you so." Enjoy the new Depression folks.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    "What I see Republicans do all the time is hate everything and say NO to everything, but never have any ideas of their own. They just don't want to do anything at all, they would like to pause the world"

    Versus demotards, who TAKE 20% of the Nations's money, and decide WHO will get what in terms of healthcare.
    Hmm....let's see....since the big plan that Nancy Pelosi NEVER READ is so great:
    My insurance went up by 50% as well. Guess I have to pay someone else's way.
    Insurance premiums in California just went up by 20%. They gotta pay more too.
    Sure, GM, I'm compaining about what "might" happen. (TOTAL SARCASM) I guess my rates going up are imaginary....

    Do any of you communists have ANY idea of how many companies won't hire full time workers as a result of blowbamacare? OR; how many of us are going to start buying directly from the doctors in cash in order to ENSURE that we actually get GOOD healthcare? Of course, you nimrods will try to make cash trade illegal, too, cuz SOMEONE might not get a fair shake....

    Oh; wait, I get a TAX BREAK for paying for "free healthcare" for my employees!!!!
    That's why I'm hiring NONE.

    Blowbamacare IS the ULTIMATE job killer. No other government program will ever have the same bad effect on Americans as this peenultimate debacle. Not only will people not hire, but life expectancy will obviously go down, as research will decline immensely; and Senators & Congressmen will eventually debate what treatments the government can AFFORD to give you.

    Pure communism, unleashed. Nationalized Healthcare; next will be most any industry the government hinks it can run better. Like another poster said, they can't run a post office profitably, HOW can you IMAGINE they can control the largest industry in America?

    You people are SO stupid.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 6:34 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    "0bamacare is already way over budget and collapsing under it's own weight before it's even been implemented"

    Like a balloon that has popped before it has been blown up or glass that has been emptied before it has been filled... This is Right Wing Logic.

    Like a sun which has set before it has risen, like complaining about debt while cutting revenues or like being fiscally responsible while borrowing money from China to fight two wars.... This is Right Wing Logic.

     
  • will-- posted at 6:10 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    will-- Posts: 796

    0bamacare is already way over budget and collapsing under it's own weight before it's even been implemented.

    They can't even run the Post Offfce, How do they expect to do any better with health care.

     
  • truthful1 posted at 5:12 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    What I see here is the sore-losers being whiny and trying to punish poor people for being poor. In other words, Republicans.

     
  • The Golden Mean posted at 4:38 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    Bet most Conservatives are not aware that small businesses that provide health care benefits for their employees will get a tax credit.

    Also known as cash in my pocket for business owners like me.

     
  • Flash Gordon posted at 3:55 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1164

    Mendive says "Obamacare is a job killer"? What an ironic statement. We may be the only county in the world that connects health insurance to employment. You lose your job you lose health insurance....you don't have a job you don't have health insurance, unless you qualify for medicaid. Do you suppose Mendive is a staunch advocate of medicaid???????

    It's also ironic that Obamacare is exactly the same thing as Romneycare. The republican party was


    very supportive of Romneycare until Obama co-opted it ....they were for it before they were against it. When Romney was the presidential candidate his health care plan "changed" and consisted of, for those with no health insurance, going to the emergency room in your local community and or a "charitable" organization for ....health care..... Very economical and efficient.:)

     
  • aayupp posted at 2:58 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    aayupp Posts: 307

    “As far as industry goes, that’s a really serious issue,” Mendive said. “The federal government is trying to take over one-fifth of the U.S. economy, and that has ramifications far beyond anything we have even begun to discuss to this point.”


    well- what are you talking about sir. your illusttrius state pretty much run by some sort of "republicans" have nothing but government supported industry, if you can cll it that, the largest employers are either state, local, or fed government; so 1/5 aint that bad here. haha. i could not resist.


    State Rep. Frank Henderson, of Post Falls, attended the luncheon, but he didn’t weigh in on Obamacare.


    In the upcoming session, the Republican said he wants to work to lower Idaho’s corporate tax rate, which is the highest of the western states at 7.4 percent.


    Now this is interesting to me --is this true and why would a republican state be levying such a high tax rate here. i support this republican.

    and the repub probably lost the presidential race becuase they could not come up with any alternative for the healthcare mess ; probably becasue they are profitting from it truth be known?

     
  • E Kim Skumsky posted at 1:18 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    E Kim Skumsky Posts: 445

    "Mendive said. “The federal government is trying to take over one-fifth of the U.S. economy" He says this like the Health Care Industry comsuming 1/5 of the GNP is a good thing. The squeeze maximum profit Health Care Industry is killing us. We can't afford to use Health Care dollars for return on investement. The GOP needs to pull their heads out and understand this. Somethings should not be left to max profit. Defense, Education, Health Care etc. Figure it out rightwingers.

     
  • CaiusCosades posted at 12:54 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 370

    What I see Republicans do all the time is hate everything and say NO to everything, but never have any ideas of their own. They just don't want to do anything at all, they would like to pause the world.

     
  • milburnschmidt posted at 12:33 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    For those who blame government for the problems in our healthcare system relying on Govt to solve it is a stretch at best. The average person has no clue what is in store for us or what it will cost or whether it will solve the problems of everyone needing care. Those who claim they doi are fooling themselves. For sure there will be a Doctor shortage and lines and the costs will go up as will the Government bureacracy over seeing it. The State has enough on their plate maintaining roads,commerce.and enforcing the laws. To think the average state legislator has the insight to created a healthcare system that will be above reproach is unrealistic. A one size fits all healthcare system will collapsw eventually.

     
  • Cody Wiench posted at 11:52 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 348

    Thank you, Mr. Malek, for having at least an intelligent reply to Obamacare (or as it's PROPERLY know, the Affordable Care Act). Yes, Obamacare was enacted to the embarrassing rate of the uninsured. If states had done something before, we likely would not be contending with Obamacare. Vick, Barbieri use Idaho's legislature to forward their own weird antigovernment agendas. Neither of them are from Idaho nor have lived in Idaho for long. I really wish they'd just go back to where they came from.

     
  • Bob Loblaw posted at 10:10 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 364

    What I do know is that under the "Affordable" Health Care Act, AKA "Obamacare", my health insurance premiums have gone up almost 50%. I am not happy about it.

     
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