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Idaho Won’t Expand Medicaid. Wink

That's some cynical game Idaho's Republican leadership is playing in Boise. It plans to expand Medicaid coverage to about 100,000 of Idaho's impoverished adults. Not now. Next year. By then, the dummies in the GOP primary election will have been lulled to sleep by Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's promise not to implement this feature of the dreaded Obamacare. There will be fewer Tea Party members motivated to challenge incumbent lawmakers in the closed GOP primary - and those who do won't have the Medicaid issue at their disposal. Even the base, suffering from what journalist Jonathan Alter calls “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” can't get worked up over a vote that hasn't happened. Yet. But it's coming/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think legislative leadership will expand Medicaid next year, in an off-election year?

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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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