Otter: Amend US Constitution to ban insurance fiat
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter followed up Idaho's lawsuit against the federal government over President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul with a demand on Congress. Amend the U.S. Constitution to ban requiring people to buy insurance under threat of a penalty.
The Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday backed Otter's memorial to Congress. It now goes to the full Senate. Though this is symbolic and doesn't carry the force of law, David Hensley, Otter's attorney, said Idaho's chief executive is counting on other states to follow suit. Hensley says, "There are numerous amendments to the Constitution that Congress has taken up itself because a constitutional mass of states have asked for that."
Six Republicans voted for the measure; two Democrats and a Republican Sen. Joe Stegner of Lewiston opposed it.
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