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

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