Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Otter Issues Executive Order to Prohibit Implementation of "Obamacare"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter drew another line in the sand today against what he calls "Obamacare."

Otter issued an executive order imposing a state prohibition on receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the Affordable Care Act. The order directs state agencies not to establish new programs, promulgate rules or accept federal funding to implement the health care reform law, in effect for more than a year.

"I applaud the governor for allowing Idaho to remain in control and giving our citizens the reins for our own solution to health care reform," said Dick Armstrong, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare director. "I am confident that Idaho's expertise and can-do attitude will design an exchange that provides better access for families and employers, while also preserving the health insurance marketplace."

Otter vetoed House Bill 298, the so-called "nullification bill," and instead co-opted portions of the bill to craft his executive order.

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