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Labrador Bucks GOP Leaders Again

In October, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was in Boise to help Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador raise money for his first re-election bid. But when Cantor needed Labrador’s vote on a bill allowing people with preexisting health conditions to buy into a high-risk insurance pool as they transition to coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Idaho tea party favorite once again demonstrated his independence from his leaders. A scheduled vote on the “Helping Sick Americans Now Act,” was cancelled Wednesday because Labrador and other Republicans agreed with the anti-tax Club for Growth and the conservative Heritage Foundation that the measure was “a costly boondoggle that would do nothing to dismantle the health-care law,” according to the Washington Post’s Paul Kane/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is Labrador being foolish by bucking House GOP leadership? Or is he being his own man?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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