Otter Signs Order Banning Health Care Reform

BOISE, Idaho — The governor vetoed a bill to help Idaho block the federal health insurance overhaul and instead, issued a sweeping executive order Wednesday targeted at the reforms.  

Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is no fan of the health care reform – he was the first governor to sign legislation requiring his state to sue over President Obama’s overhaul – but said the bill state lawmakers passed in the 2011 session would have required Idaho to forego the creation of a state health insurance exchange.  

That would have opened the door for the federal government to step to develop and operate the system, Otter said.  

“While I agree that the state should not implement Obamacare, this legislation has the unintended consequence of eliminating a possible opportunity for Idaho and ceding control to the national government,” Otter said in a letter to the Idaho Secretary of State detailing his decision to veto the bill.

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