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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:58 am | Updated: 4:03 pm, Thu Jun 28, 2012.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care overhaul has done nothing to soothe the frustration felt by Idaho's Congressional delegation over the law.

The court on Thursday upheld the individual mandate portion of the new law and other key components.

Still, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says the fight is far from over. While the seven-term Republican says he accepts the court's decision, he is calling on Congress to repeal the entire law and work on market-driven health care reforms.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says he expects President Obama to move forward with implementing the bill. But Crapo says the problem is the bill is clearly just bad legislation.


Simpson's statement:

“While I accept the Supreme Court’s decision, I am disappointed that the government now has the ability to tax American citizens if they don’t purchase a private product and I remain concerned with the precedent that sets for the future,” said Simpson. “If Americans can be taxed for not purchasing health insurance, the government’s ability to tax, or punish, American citizens as a means of driving their behavior seems unlimited. It is difficult not to see this as an approval of the significant expansion of the power of the federal government into the everyday lives of citizens.”


Despite the Court’s ruling, Simpson is calling on his colleagues in Congress to repeal the entire law and work to enact market-oriented health care reforms that hold the real promise of lowering costs and increasing access.


“While the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is Constitutional, they have not said that it is a good idea or that it will bring down costs,” said Simpson. “Congress should re-double its effort to repeal Obamacare and begin the process of enacting market-based reforms that will truly lower costs and increase access."


Crapo's statement:

“Today’s decision is very disappointing, and it is not the ruling that the American people wanted.  Americans overwhelmingly want solutions that deliver what they need—access to high-quality, affordable health care.  This law did not fix the rising cost of health care.  

During the debate on the Health Care Law, President Obama pledged to the American people that ‘no family making less than $250,000 would see their taxes increase—not their income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, not any of their taxes.’  In response, I offered an amendment to strip the bill of any provision that would violate that pledge.  Despite receiving bipartisan support, my amendment was voted down, and the Court’s ruling today further confirms that this bill violated the President’s pledge.  The Congressional Budget Office has stated that more than 75 percent of the individual mandate—a tax—will be paid by those middle-income families the President pledged to protect from any tax increase. 

This law is bad for the American people.  It fails on promises to lower health costs and premiums for working families.  It fails on promises for American people to keep their health care plan if they liked it, and millions of people have learned they cannot.  It increases the burden for small businesses to hire workers.  This law threatens our country’s financial strength and the American way of life. 

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Gang of 6, I will continue to work to address our nation’s health care problems and to reform our tax code to make it simpler, not more complex and burdensome, for the American people.  This ruling has put these issues squarely in front of Congress and the American people.  With increased public awareness and clarity, we can improve our health care system and reform our tax code accordingly.  Today’s ruling makes it even more important to do so.”


Rep. Raul Labrador's statement:

“The decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that Obamacare is constitutional undermines the concept of limited government embodied by the Tenth Amendment. Our Founding Fathers would be appalled that their vision of a limited government no longer exists.

The court has declared that Congress has the ability to regulate Americans’ behavior by using taxes to force them to act. This should frighten all Americans who believe in freedom and liberty. It is now more clear than ever American people need leaders committed to limited government.

The underlying philosophy of Obamacare was always about more than just health care. The fundamental grievance that I have with this law, and in particular the individual mandate component, is that no government should ever be powerful enough to compel its citizens to purchase a product or a service under penalty of law. What is there now to prevent the federal government, or one of its agencies, from taxing us to compel the purchase of life insurance, a cell phone or any other product Washington deems is necessary for us all?

One of the first votes I cast as your Congressman was to repeal this massive government takeover of our nation’s health care. We were right then in opposing Obamacare and we are still right now.”




  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • searcher posted at 8:39 am on Sun, Jul 1, 2012.

    searcher Posts: 365

    "The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force."

    Seriously? Don't get on your high horse about freedom as long as you reject the freedom of persons to choose whom they marry and the freedom to decide when to have children.

  • the floorist posted at 12:57 am on Fri, Jun 29, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    Whatever... health is a friggin racket unto it's a tax bracket...

    And some people are worried about a bunch of Mexicans jacking up premiums....yeesh...

  • yarply posted at 3:30 pm on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    Michael Alexander

    Now were getting somewhere.

  • yarply posted at 3:28 pm on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    Voting doesn't work. The rule of law judicially dispensed by unbiased upstanding individuals is dead.
    Options for the american people have just narrowed drastically.

  • northone9 posted at 2:01 pm on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    northone9 Posts: 274

    This is a great day for Americans. All of us.
    It's very simple really. Not that complex at all. Have a look here and educate yourselves.

    Peace and love

  • will-- posted at 1:56 pm on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    will-- Posts: 790

    With a solid majority of citizens against 0bamcare, this should make it eaiser to correct the problem come this November.

  • uncle fester posted at 1:55 pm on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    poor Fox news listeners, they didnt see this coming! Now the Idaho politicians have got to scramble to catch up with the Federal govt since they have been sitting on their thumbs waiting for this ruling to go the other way. Nice leadership.

  • Mahiun posted at 11:28 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    Mahiun Posts: 4728

    This is playing on those who don't really understand what just happend today.
    Indeed. Which is why it makes it so much more difficult to understand why self-proclaimed conservatives as so up in arms about this..

    How DARE the most conservative SCOTUS in several decades actually uphold the individual mandate, an idea that was born in conservative think tanks, and actually formed a bedrock foundation of conservative healthcare proposals.........until the bla------ errr, the "Kenyan" --- guy occupied the White House and dared to agree with them. At which point they promptly did a one-eighty and reversed course.

    You do not actually have to have or buy health insurance. But you do have to assume the personal responsibility (which one would think would have conservatives standing up and cheering, not swearing and weeping!) of [a] paying your own way, and [b] contributing to the "kitty", to offset the increased costs for everybody else, as a result of your refusal to participate. You have not lost your "freedom" to opt out; you're just being asked to pay the price for that opt-out, instead of relying on the rest of us to cover it for you. Again, it just mystifies me why conservatives are not cheering this as loudly as they can, since it would seem to be the very definition of "taking personal responsibility", and the entire idea began as a darling of conservative think tanks and political entities!

  • meanie posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    meanie Posts: 80

    I am so disappointed in this ... This is playing on those who don't really understand what just happend today. The "BIG PICTURE" of it all. Freedom lovers this is a sad day.

    Grab your ankles now, and if you don't you will be taxed on it. LOL

    My wallet just got a little thinner today, and my freedom just was taken away more.

    Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a 'mandate.' The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.

    Thank you Ron Paul, a man that makes sense....

  • the floorist posted at 10:37 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331



    ...that's as funny as an uppity Jewmacian...

  • NaTiveIdahoan posted at 10:33 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    NaTiveIdahoan Posts: 20

    I'm very black and white on this issue. Republicans are trying to kill me. They don't want me to have health insurance. They are the enemy.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 182

    Profit-based Health care is unhealthy for the individual, and for the nation. 'merica needs to realize that just because someone can make a billion dollars profit from the suffering of others, it is NOT RIGHT! It was the "Obama-Care" law that saved my life. REALLY! By removing the artificial payoff cap on my insurance I was able to continue my heart transplant. I am alive because of the health-care act.

    So if you want to worry about your measly few bucks this will cost you MAYBE you could think of all the good it will do. Time to get rid of the Idaho Greed squad. Please vote people over profit. Do not vote for the current ignorant Mormicans representing YOU.

  • Michael Alexander posted at 10:10 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    Michael Alexander Posts: 93

    We should not only repeal Obamacare, but the entire congress, president, and supreme court! They have all violated their oath to the Constitution one too many times!

  • Flash Gordon posted at 9:58 am on Thu, Jun 28, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1162

    Market driven "reforms" never work out for the consumer but always work out for the providers. There needs to be universal and affordable health care for every american with caps on costs and pay outs. The health care industry needs to come clean on their "product" mark up. The four members of our federal legislative delegation have never looked out for the interests of their constituents in this matter. NEVER!!! And never will if it's........ "market driven" by interests like Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield.

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