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SR: Idaho Must Use Common Sense

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to turn the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid mandate into a voluntary matter, states have had to decide whether to take the federal deal to expand health care coverage for poor people. Idaho chose a deliberative path by commissioning two studies by out-of-state consultants at a cost of $195,000. We think the choice is obvious, because the federal government is picking up 100 percent of the costs in the early years and 90 percent thereafter. In fact, the argument for Idaho is stronger than in other states, given the way the current system is structured to deal with catastrophic health care costs for poor people. Nonetheless, if state leaders needed to see those cost savings on a spreadsheet, fair enough. But if they reject the Medicaid deal after reading the bottom line, then this exercise will have been a total waste of time and money. You don’t need two studies to reject the deal on principle/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Will Republican leaders in Idaho be able to look beyond their personal prejudice against Obamacare & embrace a federal health-care program that's best for Idahoans?

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