Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Idaho Legislature rejects business, personal values

    On Feb. 5, 2014, the Idaho Legislature took two actions that reject the bottom line for Idaho businesses and the personal values of Idaho residents.  
    On that date, the House Health and Welfare Committee rejected a proposal to increase health care coverage for low-income Idahoans through Medicaid expansion, even though this was supported by Idaho’s biggest business lobby, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI).  From its research, IACI stated that this expanded coverage could save the state budget more than $600 million in the next decade and save county property taxpayers $478 million.  
    Can’t the Legislature, and the governor who opposed the measure, do basic math?
    The other action was equally egregious.  The House State Affairs Committee passed a measure that preempts local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures. The bill would allow anyone in the state to use their religion to refuse to serve customers they believe violate their faith. From news reports, the bill targets gays and lesbians because the sponsors don’t like the growing trend in Idaho, and, across the country, to accept them.  
    I believe, as do most Idahoans, that it is time to accept differences and not pass laws that marginalize people.  
    Please contact your state legislators:  Do the math and pass Medicaid expansion, and don’t pass laws that marginalize people because of their differences.
Sarah Michael
Blaine County


About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.