Idaho Legislature Approves Governor’s Health Insurance Exchange Proposal
Yesterday, on the third anniversary of Congress passing the Affordable Care Act, the Idaho Senate approved on a 23-12 vote Governor Otter’s proposal for the state to operate a health insurance exchange rather than default to federal operation of the exchange. Idaho becomes the first state with a Republican governor and legislature to approve such a plan.
Idaho Reporter.com quoted from a press release issued by Gov. Otter. “I appreciate the Legislature’s support enabling me to do what I believe is right for our citizens. Of course we share strong objections to Obamacare, but as responsible elected officials we also are committed to constructively working together for the best possible outcomes for Idaho. I’m grateful for that collaboration.” In arguing for the state based exchange, Gov. Otter said the state would have more control over its fate than by letting the federal government operate the exchange.
Some senators were not moved. The Spokesman-Review reported that Sen. Bob Nonini, a Republican from Couer d’Alene said he wore his darkest suit for yesterday’s vote. “I believe this is a dark day for Idaho.”
- Idaho House Bill 284
- CSG Capitol Research, “States’ Health Insurance Exchanges Are Shaking Out,” March 5, 2013.