Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri declared, “This health care mandate is not good for the nation. It's socialism. … A socialist America is a broken America.” Speaking on a panel about a proposed state health insurance exchange at the AP Legislative Preview today, Barbieri said, “It's a fundamental ideological principle: Can bureaucracy help deliver health care, let alone set costs?” He said he thinks it can't. “A bureaucracy will, a it grows, propose more rules, more regulations, they will use the rules of course to increase their power over time and they will devour competition, which is what a bureaucracy does,” Barbieri declared. “Rules and regulations are the means of achieving these goals, and it will be used - that's what a bureaucracy does”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Also from Eye on Boise today:
- Legislative leaders from both parties favor ethics reforms
- Otter on endowment investments: 'These are the assets we have'
- Otter: Idaho could lose $300M in Medicaid funds if no insurance exchange
- Barbieri leaning against bringing up new nullification bill this year
- Cig tax hike 'single most effective way to stop youths from smoking'
- On playing politics
Question: Do you agree with Rep. Vito Barbieri that the health care mandate is socialism?