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Trib: Guv Sorta Opposes Obamacare

Otter is having it both ways. When the Tea Party is looking, he's anti-Obamacare. When the Tea Party's back is turned, the governor grants waivers from his own ban. Otter's waivers have enabled $18.9 million in health care reform grants to flow into state coffers. Among them are $12.5 million for a College of Southern Idaho initiative to train Idahoans who have lost jobs due to foreign competition and almost $2 million to Idaho State University to support physician residency and physicians' assistants programs. The governor permitted a series of Health and Welfare waivers, including one to help smokers quit the habit. And where did the governor hold the line? Allowing Idaho's insurance regulators to scrutinize how much your health insurance premium rises/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: So is Butch Otter for or against Obamacare?

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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