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Trump can't win fight w/Raul 11 

In this morning's editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune comments that President Donald Trump can't win a showdown with Freedom Caucus poster boy Raul Labrador. Labrador, says Trillhaase, is "the Cruz director on the S.S. Dysfunction." He prefers blowing up legislative deals than passing them.

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Sgt. Greg Moore’s wife Lindy Moore is pictured May 14, 2015, at her home in Coeur d’Alene. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Sgt Moore's widow writes congressmen 16 

In an open letter to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador and Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Lindy Moore, the widow of CPD Sgt. Greg Moore, urges Idaho lawmakers not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a “comparable replacement,” saying the law enabled her to spend more time with her toddler daughter in the aftermath of Moore’s 2015 murder.

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GOP plans for court overturn of Obamacare 

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans will move to continue health care subsidies temporarily for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate. In addition, the GOP proposals would dissolve many of the basic requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including mandates that most people buy coverage and most companies provide it to their workers, Republicans said. Eventually, they hope, the entire law would be repealed.

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McMorris Rodgers Miffs Tea-publicans 

Comments from U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers about the future of the Affordable Care Act published last week have incited a firestorm of criticism among right-leaning media outlets suggesting surrender by the GOP. In an unrecorded interview with a reporter, two opinion-page editors and the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

Exchange Attracts 76,061 Idahoans 25 

The numbers are in from the YourHealthIdaho insurance exchange open enrollment period, and it turns out that 76,061 Idahoans signed up for health insurance plans through the exchange, nearly double the expected number. The federal government’s target for Idaho was 40,000 during the six-month open...

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SR: Fighting Obamacare Futile 

Republican candidates in Idaho’s primary are being surveyed to gauge their fealty to the state GOP’s platform, which includes a call to repeal Obamacare and resist implementation. But party officials should take their cue from the realists among them. While they may not like the...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

Obama Care Billboard

Shot across the bow? 32 

A berrypicker sends along this photo with the following thoughts: The first salvo in the May Republican primary in Kootenai County has been fired with this new I-90 billboard at the westbound Pleasant View exit by Flying J. Senator John Goedde and Representatives Luke Malek,...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2013

Obamacare Feud Shuts Government 55 

Item: Government shutdown begins over health care feud/Associated Press More Info: Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job....

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MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Obamacare dispute sends gov't to brink of shutdown 58 

WASHINGTON — Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. “This law is not ready for prime time,” said Speaker...

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Labrador Doesn't Want Shutdown? 

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador blamed a potential federal government shutdown next month on what he sees as President Barack Obama's unwillingness to delay the health care reform law's further implementation. With a shutdown, there "wouldn't be a significant change" visible to most Americans, the Republican...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

House Votes To Defund Obamacare 62 

The GOP-controlled House voted Friday to cripple President Barack Obama’s health care law as part of a risky ploy that threatens a government shutdown in a week and a half. The fight is coming on a stopgap funding measure required to keep the government fully...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

Premiums increase for workers, employers 

WASHINGTON – American workers and their employers saw another rise in health insurance premiums this year as the total cost of employer-provided health benefits ticked up 4 percent for family plans and 5 percent for individual plans, according to a closely watched national survey. The...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

Edit: Include Poor In Idaho Health Plan

Your Health Idaho ( is attractive, easy to navigate and informative. It looks like Idaho. This is not a site that will intimidate the wary, nor incite those who remain steadfastly opposed to Obamacare. Unfortunately, what it does not yet have is a matrix...

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MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

Idaho's poorest fare worst in health care reform 

Obamacare is coming, even to Idaho. While other states including Washington have worked for years to implement it, and now are unveiling comprehensive health coverage options for the uninsured, Idaho’s Republican-controlled state government tried for years to fight it. The long fight left a legacy:...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Edit: Obamacare Good For Small Biz 14 

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, critics have piled on the scary warnings about how federal mandates would mean death panels, individuals would be dragged off to jail because they couldn’t afford government-mandated insurance and small businesses would be...

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Washington Obamacare: Costs Lower 18 

What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state, where final rates emerged this week, it will cost less, cover more people, and provide more comprehensive benefits than consumers get today. On Thursday, the office of state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced...

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Trib: Risch, Labrador Grandstanding 

In his latest Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune give jeers ... " ... to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and Congressman Raul Labrador, both R-Idaho. The latest D.C. twaddle has Republicans threatening to shut down the federal government to force an...

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

Costello: Obama Fears Obamacare 

Could it possibly be a coincidence that Barack Obama has illegally postponed the imposition of Obamacare until after the next round of congressional elections? Even though the execrable Nancy Pelosi tried to make the case that we should celebrate Obamacare on the Fourth of July...

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MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

Obamacare Boosts Breast Feeding 

Amber Williams has joined the ranks of working moms. Williams, whose daughter, Isabelle, is 4 months old, recently returned to her job as manager of a Spokane bank, where she takes short breaks throughout the workday to express breast milk for her daughter. Many moms...

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Hoffman: Clever Is As Clever Does 

If cleverness is a disease in politics, it’s endemic with some of the folks involved in implementing Gov. Butch Otter and Barrack Obama’s health insurance exchange. Exhibit A: The insurance exchange law passed by the Legislature and signed by Otter says “the exchange shall be...

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