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Idaho House members, candidates announced opposition to Proposition 2

On Sept. 27, nearly 30 members of the Idaho House of Representatives and legislative candidates announced their opposition to Proposition 2, the Obamacare expansion that will appear on the ballot in November. State Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, warned voters against Obamacare expansion’s longterm consequences.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Milliman’s Cost Estimates for Prop 2 Medicaid Expansion Push Are Not Credible

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare records show that Milliman, the controversial consulting firm that estimates the costs of Idaho’s proposed Medicaid expansion, changed its forecast seven times over the course of about a month. Further, Milliman cut its gross-cost estimates by more than 30 percent, from the first to the final draft, to sell Idahoans on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Idaho Christians, other Faith Leaders Announce Support for Proposition 2

The week of Oct. 9, Christians and other faith leaders launched a week of prayer and action in support of Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion ballot intuitive. More than 40 religious leaders around the state have signed their names to a letter urging people of faith to support Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

In Idaho, NO on 2, Says ATR’s New 2018 Ballot Guide

Americans for Tax Reform released its new guide to noteworthy initiatives, amendments, and referenda that will appear on statewide ballots during the 2018 midterm elections. The fate of more than 150 statewide ballot measures will be decided by voters in 38 states from coast to coast on November 6. ATR Recommendation: Oppose

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

To understand support for Prop. 2 follow the money

Supporters of Proposition 2, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, are hiding their financial motives. They want the public to believe that they speak for those who can’t afford health care coverage, while neglecting to mention that the initiative’s backers stand to gain financially.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Idahoans for Healthcare Announces Endorsement of Idaho Forest Group for Proposition 2

The Idahoans for Healthcare campaign on Oct. 23 announced a key endorsement from North Idaho lumber producer Idaho Forest Group. The announcement came during the Idahoans for Healthcare “Business & Health Clinic Vote Yes on 2 Tour” stop at the Heritage Health clinic in Coeur d’Alene. The event also featured Rep. Luke Malek and Mike Baker, CEO, of Heritage Health.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Expanding Medicaid Would Save the Lives of More Than 200 Idahoans Per Year

A new Center for American Progress report quantifies the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion in Idaho and the 18 other states that have not yet implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The report looks at multiple ways that Idaho’s failure to expand Medicaid is harming Idahoans, depriving them of health-related benefits such as additional lives saved, as well as nonhealth benefits such as fewer bankruptcies, lower medical debts, and enhanced public safety.

October 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Proposition 2 saves lives; vote yes

The greatest benefit of Prop 2 is it provides medical insurance to the working poor and the mentally ill in the “Gap.” People in the insurance “Gap” (those that cannot qualify for Medicaid because they make too much money and not eligible for subsidies by not making enough money) consist of approximately 62,000 Idahoans.

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Support critical sportsmen’s access

Approximately 9.5 million acres of public lands in the West are landlocked, meaning they are not accessible to hunters, anglers, and others. In Idaho, approximately 208,000 acres are landlocked. We have an excellent opportunity to fix some of these access issues with the inclusion of Making Public Lands Public (MPLP) provisions in LWCF reauthorization legislation.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Medicaid Expansion: The right, responsible thing to do

When voters consider expanding Medicaid to Idaho’s Gap Population (those who make too little for federal subsidies and too much for state assistance), it’s more than being compassionate to Idaho’s working poor. A recent Milliman study confirms that Idaho’s economy will be strengthened, and taxpayers’ dollars will be used more efficiently and effectively.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


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