On the same day when Idaho tea partiers plan to bad-mouth the idea of a state-based health insurance exchange, the Idaho Chamber Alliance—representing businesses across the Gem State—voiced its support for the plan.
"Idaho's Chamber organizations know that a state-based health insurance exchange will be less costly to our state and give Idaho businesses a stronger role," said Shawn Barigar, president of the Idaho Chamber Alliance and CEO of the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce. "Idaho's Main Street businesses are well served by Idaho's low insuranace rates, and they will be better served by Idaho solutions than by a federal bureaucracy."
The Chamber Alliance said this morning that it would join the Idaho Health Exchange Alliance in advocating for a state-run marketplace. The Health Exchange Alliance says its coalition includes more than 400 members statewide.