GOP House leaders oppose health insurance exchange, expansion of Medicaid

GOP House leaders oppose health insurance exchange, expansion of Medicaid

by
Mitch Coffman
July 12, 2012
Mitch Coffman
July 12, 2012

Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, speaker of the Idaho House, and Mike Moyle, R-Star, majority leader of the Idaho House, told the Idaho Statesman they would like to see the state  resist implementation of a state-run health exchange and not expand the state's Medicaid program.

Moyle said he is OK with the federal government running an exchange, adding he sees no reason for Idaho's insurers to oppose a federal exchange, as is the case with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Denney said the state should oppose a ruling made by the Internal Revenue Service that, despite no such provision in Obamacare, allows for fines for non-compliance under a federally run program.

As for Medicaid, the two lawmakers said in a joint statement that the state likely can't afford to expand the program.

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