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IFF: Idaho Surrendering Sovereignty

This combination of undated file photos shows Republican Governors, from left: Jan Brewer, Ariz.; Jack Dalrymple, N.D.; John Kasich, Ohio; Susana Martinez, N.M., and Brian Sandoval, Nev. While far from voicing a consensus opinion in their party, the governors, along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, are six GOP governors who in the past two months who have joined a growing number of Republican governors now buying into parts of the system as the financial realities of their states’ medical costs begin to counterbalance the fierce election politics of the issue. (AP Photo/File)

Idaho is on its way to becoming the first Republican-controlled state in the nation to implement a state insurance exchange under President Obama's health care law. The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee voted for the state insurance exchange, backed by Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday. Sens. John Tippets, Jim Patrick, Dean Cameron, John Goedde, Jim Guthrie, Fred Martin, Todd Lakey and Dan Schmidt voted for Senate Bill 1042. Only Boise Democrat Branden Durst voted no. The measure now goes to the full Senate. The committee took its action even though all the evidence suggests that the state gains nothing by administering the federal law. Proponents claim Idahoans will save money under a state exchange, even though just a few months ago we were told the opposite was true. Facts are stubborn things, John Adams said. So Idaho lawmakers choose to ignore them/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Forum. More here.

Question: Doesn't it sound as though Wayne's taking this one hard?

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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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