Butch Otter (R)
The Idaho state legislature has been nibbling around the problem of the number of uninsured Idaho residents who fall in the gap between the state's current Medicaid qualifications and the ACA. That's about 78,000 people who, if Idaho would take the federal government's offer, would qualify for healthcare under President Obama's ACA expanded Medicaid program.
When the current session ended without a decision, the Republican Speaker of the State House indicated that the legislature has made a "firm commitment" to address the problem of those 78,000 uninsured citizens and that a decision could still be reached during a special legislative session, but Mr. Otter nixed the special session idea.
He seems to think insurance isn't worth the time, money, or effort. After all, people still die.
"I see plenty of people that die every day in hospitals and they have insurance. And they're in the hospital. But they still die."what eye thynk: You can't argue with that logic. I wonder, though, in light of his and his family's eventual and unavoidable demise, will he be giving up his own insurance as a waste of money?