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Otter: No unilateral action on health care, will work with speaker’s working group

Gov. Butch Otter speaks at a news conference in his office on MOnday (Betsy Z. Russell)
Gov. Butch Otter speaks at a news conference in his office on MOnday (Betsy Z. Russell)

“I was a little disappointed we weren’t able to go forward on health care, especially closing the gap,” Gov. Butch Otter said today. “Who started this fight was Obamacare. … There were things we were doing in this state and continue to do in this state that had state of Idaho solutions. … I’m looking forward to working with the study group that the speaker’s putting together ... so that we do have a solid Idaho solution.”

Otter said he won’t be issuing an executive order or taking unilateral action on the coverage gap. “Listen, when I make a promise, I do everything I can to keep that promise,” he said. Otter said he made an agreement with lawmakers in June of 2010 that he wouldn’t act unilaterally either on the insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion. “The collaborative process, like the insurance exchange, is working out,” he said. “So I am not going to entertain any idea to take an executive order and take unilateral action.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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