BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Hundreds flocked to the Idaho Capitol for a hearing on a bill seeking to void President Obama’s health care overhaul. Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri says the measure would forbid Idaho agencies from putting the law into effect – a declaration of state sovereignty over a federal power grab that he and others deem unconstitutional. Constitutional scholars counter that federal laws trump those of state’s, so attempts to nullify the law are unlikely to survive legal challenges. They say Idaho is better off pursuing the case in court, where a federal judge in Florida has already ruled against the overhaul. Barbieri conceded that if the U.S. Supreme Court eventually rules the health reforms are constitutional, Idaho would follow them. Until then, however, he says the state should stand up for itself.
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