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Trib: Dr. Otter remains in denial

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter must think he knows more about medicine than the people who actually went to medical school. Because the people who practice medicine in the Gem State fear he's just condemned 78,000 Idahoans who can't afford private health insurance to more misery and even death. Unlike their fellow citizens in 32 states and the District of Columbia, these low-income working adults are not eligible for Medicaid because the GOP-led Legislature won't allow it. For three years, Republican lawmakers have said no. No to saving hundreds of lives every year. No to saving taxpayers millions of dollars every year. This year, legislative resistance seemed to crack but lawmakers went home having accomplished nothing/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: It's amazing that Butch Otter and Republican legislators could remain so cold-hearted to those caught in the Medicaid gap. Then, I suppose, they don't know what it's like to go without Cadillac-style health insurance. Thoughts?



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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