Open Letter to the Residents of District 21: Obamacare
It is a privilege to represent District 21 in the Idaho Legislature. I value the opinions of the people of my district on the various issues, particularly as they come to a vote.
One of the issues generating attention this year is how the state should implement the federal government’s mandates contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or commonly called “Obamacare.”
First, you need to understand that I have not and do not support PPACA, Obamacare.
I joined with the vast majority of Idahoans and our Congressional Delegation in opposing passage of Obamacare. However, it did pass the United States Congress and was signed into law by President Obama. I supported Idaho going to court with other states to challenge the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the law. I supported the presidential candidate who pledged to repeal Obamacare. That candidate lost.
The question now is how do we best deal with the realities of Obamacare in Idaho?
As we deal with this question, I can relate with Tevia from ” Fiddler on the Roof” when he said “ On the one hand, but on the other hand.”
Until recently, during this legislative session SB 1042 has been the only piece of legislation brought forward to address this important issue. The Senate bill creates a framework for the implementation of a state run healthcare exchange.
I have read this bill and do not support it as written because it lacks many important protections for Idahoans. I want to see more ideas vetted before we decide how to deal with Obamacare in Idaho.
We need to explore other options. For this reason, I joined with several of my colleagues in an effort to open up another stream of dialogue by presenting another piece of legislation, written to address concerns regarding issues such as lack of legislative oversight, level of costs, who pays and shifting time-lines for implementation. In short we are searching for ways to protect Idahoans from the impact of the ill-conceived law, Obamacare.
Have all the options been explored? I believe not and invite input into this process. The vetting process of the Senate passed bill and the new house bill demonstrates there are still unanswered questions and concerns over the implementation of an Idaho based healthcare exchange. I need to know your ideas regarding needed changes. I am open to other possibilities and ideas and committed to seeing that these ideas are fully scrutinized before anything is adopted in the State of Idaho.
Thank you for your comments.
Representative Thomas Dayley
District 21 B