It's official, the majority of the Idaho Senate gave its blessing Thursday—on a 23-12 vote—to a state-run health insurance marketplace. And since the idea was championed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, it's only a matter of days before he signs it into law.
Senators took more than three hours to express their support, frustration and outright hatred for the measure, but that paled in comparison to March 13's six hours of debate before the Idaho House voted 41-29 in favor of House Bill 248.
"I wish we could keep the Affordable Care Act from even being enacted," said Montpelier Republican Sen. John Tippets before vote "yes." "But I don't see any other way."
Rupert Republican Sen. Dean Cameron was more forthright with his "aye" vote:
"This is a step forward," said Cameron. "To protect Idaho citizens, consumers, jobs and to protect our rights so we don't acquiesce to the federal government."