Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been gone all week on a multi-day horseback trail ride, and that's why he hasn't been available for comment on this morning's health care reform ruling all day. Just now, nearly seven hours after the decision was issued, his office issued this statement from him:
“Although five Supreme Court justices upheld Obamacare and the individual mandate under Congress’s power to tax, it does not mean it’s the right thing to do. Obamacare has been bad for America from the beginning. This is a sad day for self-determination and for individual liberty. Change is now in the hands of the American people and we must elect a new president and congressional candidates who will repeal Obamacare and protect our freedom to remain the architects of our own destiny.”
Spokeswoman Amy Wernsing said, “We spoke to the governor by phone.” The governor is out of the office all week. His chief of staff, David Hensley, said Otter doesn't plan to call a special session of the Legislature in response to the ruling.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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