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Hoffman: Alternative plan best

In his op-ed piece today, executive Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation writes:

Knowing that Medicaid expansion is not an option, Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong hopes to get traction for an alternative. That alternative would provide health coverage to an estimated 78,000 Idahoans who presently don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare tax credits. Legislative Democrats have already signaled that they won’t buy in. They’re fixated on advancing Obamacare via Medicaid expansion. That means conservatives in the Legislature hold the key to passage of Armstrong’s alternative. Ultimately, conservatives want to embrace a patient-focused, free market approach to health care. We can have one. More here.

DFO: IFF's Wayne Hoffman is probably right re: the slender chances of the Idaho Legislature voting to expand Medicaid. Does this alternative plan have merit?



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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