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Eye On Boise

Otter, Little promote new, cheaper health plan option in North Idaho stops

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all requirements of the Affordable Care Act, making stops Monday in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. The two will bring the same message to a “Capital for a Day” event in Genesee north-central Idaho on Tuesday; you can read my full story here at

“We’re trying to get people to understand that the executive order actually goes to those people that have been priced out of the market,” Otter said Monday from Coeur d’Alene. “The no-action alternative is terrible,” Little added. “We had to do something. … We had to say, ‘How do we make this to where people have affordable insurance?’”

The proposal has brought Idaho a wave of national attention, most of it negative – with many experts saying the move is legally dubious. But state Insurance Director Dean Cameron said, “We don’t think that’s true at all. … We are confident that we are within our legal authority to do what we’re doing.”

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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