Otter Bad-Mouths Obamacare But Agrees to State-Based Exchange

Posted by George Prentice on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Conceding that it was "not a battle of my choosing," Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced late Tuesday that he is opting to create a state-based health insurance exchange under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, subject to approval of the 2013 Idaho Legislature.

"There will be a health insurance exchange in Idaho," said Otter. "The only question is, who will build it."

Otter faced pressure to opt for a state-based exchange from a coalition of Idaho businesses, individuals, health care providers, financial advisers and the highly influential Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. Groups such as Tea Party of Boise and the Idaho Freedom Foundation urged Otter to reject such an exchange.

"Our options have come down to this: Do nothing and be at the federal government’s mercy in how that exchange is designed and run, or take a seat at the table and play the cards we’ve been dealt," wrote Otter in his decision. "I cannot willingly surrender a role for Idaho in determining the impact on our own citizens and businesses."

Otter threw a verbal bone to some of those who urged rejection by saying he "took comfort in the fact that even those disagreeing with this decision strongly believe as I do in Idaho's ability to be more responsive and do a better a job than the federal government alone of ensuring our citizens can make informed choices about their health care."

Otter's decision will no doubt be a part of his State of the State address, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7, which will kick off the new legislative term.

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Ottter, ever been injured without insurance? Didn't think so... I trust the feds over Otter to make the right decision on this. Funny how the ones that have always been able to afford health insurance don't want the one's that can't afford it to have it. Doesn't seem very Christian like to me!

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Posted by Bootycall on 12/11/2012 at 5:40 PM

Hey Bootycall, where did you get the idea that the gov doesn't want you to have medical treatment? Seems to me that unless he told you specifically and personally we have to assume that you're full of crap. We've already been handed a gross violation of personal and religious freedom by an incompetent Marxist, now we is people like you stirring the pot. Your screen name is evocative of your character, just another whiney, snivelling, self serving liberal eaten up with envy of someone better off. Grow up.

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Posted by Frank on 12/11/2012 at 6:25 PM

"Ottter, ever been injured without insurance? Didn't think so... I trust the feds over Otter to make the right decision on this. Funny how the ones that have always been able to afford health insurance don't want the one's that can't afford it to have it. Doesn't seem very Christian like to me"

This issue, as well as most things that the Federal Government is involved in, is best handled at the state level. There are fifty states each with hundreds of counties yet you want one group of people who are removed from the local issues within a state to then tell all states how to handle issues based on a D.C. cookie cutter solution? Heck no!

If it is handled at the state level then each state can deal with the specific issues within specific areas according to what the state thinks is best.

Would you want some HOA governing body that has people that all live in an expensive gated community on an island deciding the rules for your neighborhood that might be 2,500 miles away, not on an island, and be filled with town houses rather than rolling estates?

When the fed runs the show you get 50 states and one grand experiment. If it fails everyone is hurt. However, if each state handles things and let us play pretend here for a moment - Oregon maybe handles an issue much more efficiently than Idaho does. Idaho can say "hey, lets find out what Oregon is doing since they are getting much better results than we are. Maybe what they are doing can apply here." Or would you prefer federal government screwing up 1 grand experiment then changing the rules to try something else but with no other references to go by? Plus what might work in California may not work in Idaho all that well.

Local is always better.

"Doesn't seem very Christian like to me" That is stupid. Christian ideals is not to be generour via government mandate. It is to be charitable as an individual.

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Posted by mjs_28s on 12/11/2012 at 6:43 PM

Well of course Otter and the rest of the republiturds don't like it. It gives the poor a hand up.

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Posted by Smalltime on 12/12/2012 at 11:35 AM

"Well of course Otter and the rest of the republiturds don't like it. It gives the poor a hand up."

Nice way to demonstrate how you are the myopic one. Clearly if someone does not like the policy they must be a republican.

Did you come to that conclusion because of your assumption that everyone thinks, analyzes and forms conclusions just like you do thus they must be on your side or on the other side? Maybe instead there are members of all political leanings that agree with it as is while there are also members from all political parties that do not agree with it as is. Did you ever consider that?

Clearly not.

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Posted by mjs_28s on 12/12/2012 at 4:22 PM

Mr. Small Time, you would do yourself some good and others to read the Constitution and founding documents of this great nation, understand that this society never guaranteed the right to wealth, only the opportunity for every hardworking individual. Perhaps you would feel more at home in Cuba where redistribution has given all the poor a hand up.

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Posted by Bert on 12/15/2012 at 9:32 AM

Republiturds? Really? And what do you consider yourself Mr. Small Time?

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