You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on Gov. Butch Otter's first - and only - veto of legislation this year, in which he vetoed the final version of the health care reform “nullification” bill, HB 298. Otter said Idaho can set up its own health care exchange regardless of the national law - and if it doesn't, under the law, the federal government could step in and set up Idaho's exchange as the feds see fit. Otter said he was for the idea of an exchange “before the concept was co-opted by the national government,” and declared, “No one has opposed Obamacare more vehemently than me.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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