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Unhealthy Remarks Exchanged Among Sun Valley Officials Over City's Health Plan Fiasco

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Saying Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe has "forever tarnished his legacy," another Sun Valley lawmaker had some sharp words for the city's chief executive earlier this week as bad feelings over the city's health care coverage erupted into a public debate.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports the dispute involves an arrangement in which Sun Valley's three city council members are reimbursed for their health insurance payments to Regence BlueShield of Idaho. But those payments from the city have ceased over a legal disagreement and Regence has threatened to cancel the deal, which is in conflict with the Affordable Care Act.

Briscoe insists the city first needs to self-report violations to the Internal Revenue Service over the payments, which could trigger penalties of $34,000, according to the Mountain Express.

"The council wanted this done to cover their actions politically," Briscoe said during the Oct. 5 city council meeting. "The truth hurts. I am only trying to protect the citizens and protect the city."

Councilman Keith Saks fired back, saying, "You've used our great employees as your pawns in your power games."

The Mountain Express reports Briscoe left the meeting early and forwarded an email to the city attorney saying he wouldn't be returning because of an illness.