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 […]

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 […]

Senator Russ Fulcher Opposes Exchange

Senator Russ Fulcher recently spoke up about his opposition to the forming of a state insurance exchange.  The video below was originally posted on the IdahoReporter. In addition, Sen. Fulcher released this public statement on four reasons why an exchange is the wrong move for Idaho: The legislature will soon vote whether or not to […]

Hungry, Hungry HIPPA

For many businesses, 2013 will mean a new 10,000 lb elephant in the room, or rather a $10,000-50,000 elephant in the way of a little federal program known as HIPPA.  Why?  Read on…  (republished from an article on IdahoStatesman.com by Kim C. Stanger) On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued long-awaited […]

State Healthcare Exchange Arguments – Valid or Not?

Recently, The Idaho Freedom Foundation published a document outlining and debunking seven of the larger arguments for a State Health Care Exchange.  Well worth the time to read, you can download the full document here. These arguments include: Idaho will be able to control its destiny. Idaho will have a seat at the table. Idaho […]

Obamacare – Costs & Chaos

(orginally written by Byron York for Townhall.com) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” At the time, March 2010, Pelosi’s words accurately described the Democrats’ just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But […]

Pushing Back – Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby and the federal government filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to stay proceedings until the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals weighs in. Hobby Lobby is asking the 10th Circuit to block part of the law that requires the arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.