by Andrew Crisp
Idaho 1st District Republican Rep. Raul Labrador should forfeit his $174,000 salary and "Cadillac health care plan," until he proposes a comprehensive health care plan, according to Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris.
In a statement released by his campaign on July 11, Farris accused his opponent of being an obstructionist the same day Labrador, U.S. House Republicans and five Democrats voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last month.
When Congressman Labrador votes ... to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he must simultaneously reveal his own version of a health care plan that protects Idaho senior citizens, young Idahoans covered under their parent’s plan and Idahoans with pre-existing conditions. Congressman Labrador should also tell us whether insurance companies will once again be able to impose lifetime caps on Americans.
Earlier that day, Labrador released a statement which said he would continue to fight to repeal "Obamacare" at the congressional level.
This law forces Idahoans to purchase a product against their will under the threat of paying a tax for not doing so. This amounts to one of the largest tax increases on Americans in history. The law will harm states, businesses and individuals. It will not lower the cost of health care for Idahoans, but instead take personal decisions out of the hands of individuals and families and place them with bureaucrats in Washington.
The statement also said that Labrador believes real health care reform should come in the form of health savings accounts, tort reform and association health plans.