Affordable? Try again…

Research completed by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that we can expect a quantifiable increase again in 2016 for insurance premiums.  Citing research in 11 major metropolitan areas and DC, KFF found an average of 4.4% increase in the projected premiums for the benchmark “2nd lowest cost Silver Plan”.    This comes on the heels […]

We Reserve the Right to… Break Records

In Gresham, OR, a battle continues to loom, but records are being set at the same time!  It started in 2013 when a Christian couple’s family owned bakery declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, because it was in opposition to their beliefs.  When the couple sued the family bakery, eventually receiving […]

No Free Corn…

by Steve Washam based on a telling by George Gordon Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some horses to his Studebaker wagon, packed a few possessions–especially his traps–and drove south. Several weeks later he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It was […]

IBA and Idaho Businesses Need YOU to call your Representative

Idaho Business Alliance sent out postcards statewide today to encourage business owners to contact their representatives requesting that they oppose SB1042, the formation of a State-based Insurance Exchange.  If Idaho does not implement a state exchange, the responsibility (and associated costs) will fall back on the federal government.  This fallback scenario is already being utilized […]

Senator Risch Ranked Most Conservative

As recently seen on “The Blaze“ Analyzing all the roll-call votes during the second session of the 112th U.S. Congress, the National Journal has put together a list of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate. If you were to guess who earned the number one spot, you probably wouldn’t have said Sen. James Risch of […]

Follow the Money… To the Hidden Interests

The Gem State Tea Party is releasing the results of some volunteer research that should seem very interesting to anyone truly following the money trial behind the highly motivated State Exchange legislation currently sitting in Idaho’s statehouse – Senate Bill 1042.  Of note, it is interesting that over $250,000 in contributions have been made recently […]

Federal or State? Which is Better for Consumers?

In a recent article for the Idaho Statesman, Peter Crabb, professor of finance and economics at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, outlined the benefits of a federal vs. a state-run insurance exchange, the greatest of which was increased competition and better product development as a result. The situation is analogous to interstate banking. In 1975, […]

Pay or Play? The Unintended Consequences…

The adoption of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is known by most, has created a whole new category of strategy for business owners.  In his guest piece recently appearing in the IdahoStatesman, J. Kevin West, a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer, defined the issue as follows: The pay-or-play aspect of the law […]

ICL Voices Opposition to SB1042 & Obamacare

(Republished in part from the full article at Idaho Chooses Life.org – view the full article here ) The Idaho Senate will consider SB1042 this week. This legislation will implement ObamaCare in the state through the creation of an insurance exchange. Idaho Chooses Life opposes this legislation because it will facilitate ObamaCare – which threatens […]

6 Very Compelling Reasons For Rejecting Governor Otter’s Insurance Exchange Agenda

1) Governor Otter’s insurance exchange agenda is being driven by the insurance industry, itself, and not by the private, individual citizens of Idaho– Nearly half of all the individuals the Governor appointed last year to his health insurance task force (which, technically, he referred to as a “working group”) to “study” the possibility of an insurance exchange […]