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Mon., Feb. 11, 2013, 8:42 a.m.

Exchange Foes Must Accept Reality

The quixotic battle against the Affordable Care Act continues in the Idaho Legislature, but at least more legislators have stopped tilting at windmills. That counts for progress in a state that has shown a willingness to pluck dollars from taxpayers to replenish broken lances. Don Quixote said, “Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.” This would appear to be the mindset of lawmakers who refuse to accept reality. It doesn’t help that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador flew into Boise last week to bolster flagging hopes. Labrador met with two legislators to explain his opposition to Idaho establishing health care exchanges, the Idaho Statesman reported. This unusual intervention from a member of Congress sparked speculation that Labrador was sowing seeds for a gubernatorial run against Gov. Butch Otter, who is making a pragmatic push for exchanges/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: At this point, are individuals who continue to refuse to accept the reality of Obamacare hurting Idaho's chances of setting up a system that best serves the state?




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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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