Lawmaker Claims Rosa Parks As States' Rights Hero

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Stating Idaho needs to have its "Rosa Parks moment," an Idaho lawmaker evoked the Civil Rights Movement icon as an example of why Idaho should choose not to create a health insurance exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act.

"One little lady got tired of the federal government telling her what to do," Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, a Nampa Republican, told his fellow lawmakers.

However, as the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey notes, Parks defied the City Code of Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to give up her bus seat, taking a stand against state-created "Jim Crow" segregation laws, not against the federal government.

Popkey wrote:

Crane said the intent of his argument was clear—that Idaho needs to stand up to an onerous federal law. “The point I was trying to make is that she said she had had enough and decided to stand up. That’s where I’m at with the federal government.”

Crane's remarks came during more than six hours of debate over Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange. Ultimately, the House voted 41-29 to approve House Bill 248, sending the bill to the Idaho Senate for its consideration.

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