Idaho lawmakers are considering a plan to prod Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to block a mandate forcing citizens to buy health care insurance. The requirement to buy insurance is a key part of the health care legislation signed by President Barack Obama this week.
David Hensley, Gov. Butch Otter’s staff attorney, introduced a joint memorial calling for the constitutional change Friday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. “We’re hopeful that Congress will listen,” Hensley said. He said the goal of the memorial is to create a mass of states making similar statements opposing federal health care legislation. “We’re hopeful that we can be a leader on this.” Hensley said 31 other states are considering similar measures.