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Thu., Dec. 13, 2012, 8:43 a.m.

Butch Knows Something IFF Doesn’t

When it comes to Obamacare, Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter knows several things Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman does not. Otter has come out in favor of a state-run health insurance exchange. He says it beats having the feds operate this virtual portal where individuals, small businesses and low-income adults eligible for federal subsides can shop for insurance. Hoffman has come out swinging. Along with allies such as Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, Hoffman argues Otter has veered off the path of virtue: " ... A state exchange affords almost no flexibility and makes states co-owners of the looming disaster in medicine: higher insurance premiums, more expensive medical care, reduced accessibility and worse patient outcomes"/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Who would you trust more to make the right decision on the health exchange for the state of Idaho -- Gov. Butch Otter or Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation? (Yeah, I know it's a trick question)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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