Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a bill last week to prohibit Congress from mandating that every individual in his state purchase health insurance.
The Idaho Freedom Act, which was sponsored by three Republican state representatives and a state senator, requires the state attorney general to sue the federal government if it successfully pushes through healthcare reform legislation. Similar bills are currently pending in 37 other states, Fox News reports.
"I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate has a complete understanding of that legislation any more than they understood all the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001," said the governor.
"What the Idaho Health Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won’t be subject to another federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control," he added.
However, several law experts have said the bill is mostly symbolic, as federal law supersedes that of the state. The Idaho Freedom Act is expected to cost the state approximately $100,000 to implement, according to Insurance and Financial Advisor News.