The controversial "nullification" debate is heading for full debate before the Idaho House.
The State State Affairs Committee voted 14-5 this morning to forward HB 117 with a "do-pass" recommendation. Simply put, the measure would declare the Affordable Care Act null and void.
"We must push back," said Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Eric Simpson. "We must."
An advisory opinion from the Idaho Attorney General's office cautioned that the bill could result in Idaho losing participation in the Medicaid program. The AG's office wrote the bill "could potentially result in Idaho exiting the program and losing the existent federal matching funds. This situation, in turn, could create an intense burden on the State's budget."
Only one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Eric Anderson from Priest Lake, joined four Democrats against the bill. The vote was 14-5