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Barbieri: ‘The nanny state has now taken its final step’

North Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, who's been among the Idaho Legislature's most outspoken opponents of the health care reform law, was deeply disappointed by today's health care ruling. “The state has no power to stop the federal government from taxing, so that kind of shoots any aggressive action to try and blunt the intrusion that I've been talking about over the last couple of years,” he said. Barbieri said he's still analyzing the decision to see if there's a way states can fight it, but he hasn't found one yet.

“My gut reaction is the nanny state has now taken its final step to controlling just about everything that we do,” Barbieri said. “This is central planning at its worst, and it's a major step toward the collectivist mindset that the federal government's been moving toward for decades.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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