Gov. Butch Otter defended his support for a state-based health insurance exchange. “Rejecting the opportunity to assert ourselves will result in an unresponsive, one-size-fits-all federal exchange wreaking havoc on some of America’s most reasonable costs of coverage,” Otter declared. “At its core, this is a matter of states’ rights.”
He told lawmakers, “I soon will be introducing legislation affirming my decision.”
He said, “You all know how I feel about Obamacare. … But the fact remains that for now and for the foreseeable future, it is the law. And as responsible elected officials, we’re sworn to uphold the rule of law, not just those laws that we support.” That final statement drew a round of applause from the crowded legislative chamber, in which both senators and representatives are assembled.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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