Medicaid Expansion is not a Free Lunch

By the time the Obama administration leaves Washington, the accumulated federal debt is projected at $20 trillion. Proof that you cannot spend yourself into prosperity with federal dollars. Read More...

Obamacare is like a bad news Pandora's Box

Most Americans have figured out that the Affordable Care Act—signed into law against their wishes— early in President Obama’s first term is likely to be even worse than they feared. We read that millions have signed up for Obamacare, but isn’t this a bit like volunteering for the Czar’s Army? If you are forced to join something or face a penalty, should you celebrate mass coercion?

If all of the fibs and falsehoods about keeping your doctor and your health care plan were not enough, many people face the prospect of not fully understanding how the Affordable Care Act will ultimately affect them.

The bill that was signed into law was more than 2,000 pages, the regulations are many multiples of the bill in scope and now we see that the landscape keeps changing. One day pediatric dental care is a plan requirement and then another day it is not. The health insurance marketplace really resembles an oligopoly with plan choices simply a trade-off between high premiums and low deductibles, low premiums and high deductibles, or something in between. A fair-minded person would call this a false choice.

The fact that most people will struggle to understand all of the implications might be the ultimate design of the Affordable Care Act; forcing people to buy something they don’t fully understand under the pretense that you are helping them while providing a steady stream of anecdotes about how wonderful Obamacare is.
Fred Birnbaum is Vice President at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Freedom Man. This article originally posted on the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s website here and posted here by permission.

You Don't Always Get What You Pay For

A good case can be made that the less time Congress is in session, the less damage it can do. The classic example, of course, is then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s famous quote about the need to pass Obamacare then we can all find out what’s in it. Fantastic …

Congress has just left Washington for a five-week recess ostensibly to make nice with the constituents back home since this is an election year, but also to escape the heat and humidity of Washington.

On average, the House is in session 142 days annually, the Senate 162 days. Members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, quite a step up from $6 per day in 1789, $7,500 annually in 1907 and $125,000 per year in 1991. And no one, by the way, is comparing members of this Congress at $174,000 with the Founding Fathers at $6/day. And we won’t even talk about all the benefits that Congress receives. Yikes.

Compare that to the typical Idaho worker who labors 240 days per year for an average salary of $38,000. That is a daily average of $158. If that same Idaho laborer were paid by congressional standards, his average daily wage would be $725.

A familiar refrain is that you get what you pay for. Guess again, and your choices are the $38,000 wage of an Idaho worker, versus the $174,000 of a member of Congress.
Mitch Coffman is the Communications Director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Freedom Man. This article originally posted on the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s website here and posted here by permission.

Idaho doesn't need more kids with criminal records

A recent article on reports that the Coeur d’Alene school board has come up with what it considers a great idea—increased criminal penalties for “bullying” in school. Now understand that this is not a proposal to increase the school district’s own standards through the increased use of detention, suspension or expulsion; this is a proposal for more minors being hauled away in handcuffs due to an accusation of “bullying.” Read More...

Well someone is wrong and my money is not on the Governor

A federal appeals court ruling issued last week puts Idaho in a bit of an awkward spot when it comes to the state insurance exchange that the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter opted to create in 2013. If the ruling stands on appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court, Idaho’s insurance exchange will become the catalyst for enforcing the Obamacare individual and employer mandates and related taxes. Read More...

Corporations were in church Sunday, Ringo just does not know where to look

This week’s Supreme Court ruling said that a “closely held” company such as Hobby Lobby on religious grounds can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception coverage. Read More...

Hollywood Needs Idaho Taxpayer Money

Remember, Big Hollywood needs your money more than you do. At least that’s what I hear our state lawmakers saying. The Senate’s commerce panel voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would keep a tax rebate for the film industry on the books until 2020. The rebate has never been funded even though it’s been in place since 2008; it is set to expire this summer if the Legislature and governor do not act. Read More...

Idahoans Underestimate Dependence on Federal Dollars

A survey of Idahoans finds most believe the state’s reliance on federal funding is a big problem, and that the governor and Legislature should do more to track the federal money the state receives. Read More...

Idaho Ready for Criminal Justice Reform

In years past, some saw criminal justice reform in Idaho as a political hot potato, but the issue has recently become a priority, giving policymakers an opportunity to harvest gains for both public safety and taxpayers. The Idaho Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 1357, which provides this opportunity. Read More...

Important Message from Naturalized Citizen and Member of the Tea Party

My name is Tony. I was born in El Salvador. Now I live in Idaho and I am US citizen. I am very concerned about what direction this great country is moving. I see that politicians in Washington D.C. worry about their carriers more then they worry about American people. That is why I support and joined Tea Party Movement last year. Read More...