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Trib jeers hypocritical senator

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... to Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood:

"She has consistently wrapped her opposition to extending Medicaid coverage to 78,000 low-income Idahoans in the cloak of self-righteousness. Because they earn too little money to qualify for federally subsidized health insurance under Obamacare, these Idahoans delay seeing a doctor. When they do, it's often for an emergency. At that point, taxpayers and other health care consumers pay the bills. Thirty states, including many of Idaho's neighbors, have accepted Obamacare's offer to cover 100 percent of the Medicaid costs at first - but never less than 90 percent thereafter. If Idaho followed suit, taxpayers would save $173 million during the next decade. And hundreds of lives would be spared. Nuxoll is undeterred. More here.

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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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