After Butch Otter was abducted by aliens and replaced with a replicant (estimated to have occurred sometime around 2008), he’s been increasingly creative with the ways in which he injects government into our lives. This is especially true in healthcare. Five years ago, the Otter replicant convinced the Idaho Legislature to start a state health insurance exchange. This year, Otter looks add thousands of Idahoans to Medicaid and give even more people Obamacare insurance subsidies.
Among the reasons for lawmakers to declare Otter’s proposal dead on arrival, this newest Ottercare plan would:
The above negatives aside, the Otter administration announced Friday it is working to allow the sale of insurance plans that don’t include all of Obamacare’s required 10 essential health benefits. This will help lower the cost of insurance and provide consumers with more choice. The Idaho Freedom Foundation developed and pitched this idea last July.
All in all, legislators can do better than the new, poorly conceived and counterproductive Ottercare. Legislators can truly help Idahoans who are struggling to pay for healthcare. Among other things, legislators could:
For many years, Idaho’s government, like those in other states, has bought into the notion that just one more government program, just one more regulation, or one more law would help people with their healthcare costs. This thinking hasn’t helped. Ever. Legislators need to again say no to Ottercare and free the marketplace so that both taxpayers and medical patients are helped during the 2018 legislative session.