Nampa, ID — On Thursday, nearly 30 members of the Idaho House of Representatives and legislative candidates announced their opposition to Proposition 2, the Obamacare expansion that will appear on the ballot in November.
State Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, warned voters against Obamacare expansion’s long-term consequences.
“Proposition 2’s Obamacare expansion is unsustainable, fiscally irresponsible, and wrong for Idaho,” Vander Woude warned. He also urged voters not to fall for the promise of “free” federal money.
To suggest that the federal government, which is in debt up to its ears and continues to run nearly trillion-dollar deficits, can keep its Obamacare expansion funding promises is simply inaccurate, the House members and candidates warned.
Proposition 2’s Obamacare expansion would grow the state’s Medicaid program to cover primarily able-bodied, childless adults. Progressive activists needed a $500,000 cash infusion from an out-of-state organization, The Fairness Project, to get the Obamacare measure on the ballot.
The House members and candidates cautioned against Obamacare expansion because it extends the program beyond the program’s foundational purpose, which is to provide a safety net for the truly needy, including pregnant women, children, and the disabled.
The legislators and candidates also urged Idahoans to avoid the Obamacare expansion failures of states like California, where enrollment overruns have led to higher-than-expected costs for taxpayers.
Rep. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, said Proposition 2’s Obamacare expansion could jeopardize funding for other critical programs.
“Proposition 2’s Obamacare expansion, with its ballooning costs, will threaten the proper funding of our schools, roads, and every other public service,” Zollinger said. “Obamacare expansion would also make thousands of Idahoans more dependent on the government.”
House members and legislative candidates opposed to Proposition 2’s Obamacare expansion include:
Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa
Rep. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls
Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard
Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay
Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens
Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene
Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-Whitebird
Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins
Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley
Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale
Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa
Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian
Rep. James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian
Rep. Tom Dayley, R-Boise
Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett
Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls
Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg
Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony
Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell
Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian
Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle
Tammy Nichols, Middleton
Julianne Young, Blackfoot
Chad Christensen, Ammon
Kevin Brown, Pocatello
Kevin Andrus, Lava Hot Springs
Tony Wisniewski, Post Falls
Doug Ricks, Rexburg
John Green, Rathdrum