State of Idaho Archives: on Health Care


Butch Otter: State-based health exchange, not federal one-size-fits-all

[I recently decided] to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange rather than defaulting to total federal control of that process. Rejecting the opportunity to assert ourselves will result in an unresponsive, one-size-fits-all federal exchange wreaking havoc on some of America's most reasonable costs of coverage. At its core, this is a matter of state's rights. You all know how I feel about Obamacare. I will continue encouraging and supporting efforts by our Idaho congressional delegation and many others to repeal and replace the law. But the fact remains that for now and for the foreseeable future it is the law. And as responsible elected officials we're sworn to uphold the rule of law--not just those laws that we support. So I urge you to look beyond the important work of changing a misguided federal law to the essential task at hand--preserving for Idaho citizens the option of having a voice in how one element of that law is implemented.
Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address Jan 7, 2013

Jerry Brady: Health care is national problem & needs national solution

    In visiting countless health care providers around Idaho during my campaign, I have been constantly learning how our state can foster a better healthcare system. There are five principles that form the core of my approach to our healthcare system:
  1. Adults need access to a primary care provider. If they have one, visits to emergency rooms and expensive operations later will decrease, along with state costs.
  2. The state needs to protect the viability of its hospitals. Non-profit and rural hospitals in particular constitute one of the cores of rural economic development.
  3. The state has an interest in insuring not only an adequately supply of doctors but also of nurses, paramedics and other health professionals.
  4. Health care is a national problem and needs a national solution.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

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2012 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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