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Edit: Otter Must Act On Obamacare

We are hoping to see an announcement from Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter later this week that the state intends to do everything it can to create a state-based health insurance exchange within the bounds of Obamacare. That was the recommendation last week from a group he appointed to study the matter, make a recommendation and, in so doing, give him some political cover from the far right ideologues that abound in the Legislature. One such, Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation was on the panel and one of its two negative votes. Creating such an exchange, given the experience in other states, is neither simple nor easy, if done well. Getting started as soon as possible is advisable.The alternative, doing nothing and waiting to see whether Mitt Romney is elected and whether he can dismantle Obamacare, is absurd/Lee Rozen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you support the continued dilly-dallying by the Otter administration and Republican leaders of the Idaho Legislature on Obamacare?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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