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Pro-Lifers Oppose Health Exchange

Idaho Chooses Life (ICL), the largest pro-life group in the Gem State, has formally declared its opposition to lawmakers giving the green light to building a state-based health insurance exchange. In a statement released to IdahoReporter.com Tuesday, ICL president David Ripley says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the law through which exchanges are derived, is ripe with questionable policies. “ObamaCare is loaded with subsidies for the abortion industry, which is why Planned Parenthood is pushing so hard for its enactment,” Ripley said.  “We are very worried about the move to voluntarily assist in the federal take-over of health care in Idaho.  It jeopardizes conscience rights of employers, contains massive subsidies for the abortion industry and will lead to rationed care for the elderly and disabled”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

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HBO Poll: Does The Devil Control IEA?

The Idaho Education Association, that stronghold of Democratic tricksters, has been “extremely effective in advancing its political and social agenda” over the past 15 years. This assessment may come as a surprise to the IEA, given the state’s habitually abysmal ranking in teacher pay surveys, not to mention this year’s $129 million cut in school funding. It was certainly news to me. My impression has been that the Republican-dominated Legislature barely tolerates the organization. But then I’ve only been covering Idaho politics for two years. David Ripley, a former Democratic political consultant turned pro-life lobbyist who made the above statement, has more than a quarter-century of experience/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


Idaho Pro-Lifers Endorse Labrador

Idaho Chooses Life (ICL), a pro-life group, has thrown its support to state Rep. Raul Labrador in the Republican primary election for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.  Labrador is facing Vaughn Ward, a Marine reservist, for the right to face Democrat incumbent Walt Minnick in the general election in November.  The primary will be held on May 25. ICL chose Labrador because of his work on the Idaho Health Freedom Act, a bill passed into law during the 2010 legislative session, which gave Idaho the right to sue the federal government over recent federal health care reforms/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Idaho Reporter Photo)

Question: How important is this endorsement in the Idaho GOPrimary? And does it seem to you that the Labrador is starting to get some traction against Ward?

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