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2 View On Idaho Medicaid Expansion

Former longtime Idaho state chief economist Mike Ferguson argues in a new op-ed piece that the importance of a state insurance exchange is “dwarfed” by the ramifications of whether or not Idaho expands its Medicaid program, “yet we have heard almost no consideration of that issue by Idaho's legislature.” He writes, “Medicaid expansion … has enormous impacts on Idaho and Idahoans. It will impact how many people in Idaho die over the next year. It will impact Idaho’s ability to fund other essential public services (education, public safety, and other aspects of health and human services). And it will impact Idaho’s overall economic performance.” Click below for his full op-ed piece. Meanwhile, Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation has issued a press release calling Medicaid expansion “a bad choice for Idaho”/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: If Wayne's against this, the correct position to take is to be for it, right?

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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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