State Health Exchange Action Draws Political Responses, Control Questions
Some Idaho Democrats say they may vote with the GOP against legislation to create a state-run exchange. In Ohio, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has control issues about health exchanges -- whether they are run by the state or by the federal government.
The Associated Press/Idaho Statesman: For Leverage, Idaho Democrats Threaten Voting With GOP Right
Aiming to leverage their limited numbers to win hearings on Democratic priorities, House Minority Leader John Rusche suggested Tuesday that his most-liberal members could vote with the most-conservative Republicans against creating a state-run health insurance exchange. ... Political considerations aside, some Democrats say they may not vote for a bill anyway, if Otter doesn't allay their concerns it will favor insurance companies, not consumers. ... Rusche, a medical doctor and former insurance industry executive, favors using the federal grant to develop Idaho's exchange (Miller, 1/10).
The Columbus Dispatch: Taylor Continues Criticisms Of Health-Insurance Exchange
In her latest criticism of the federal health-care law, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said yesterday she fears the state will have "little control" over mandated health-insurance exchanges, whether they are implemented by the federal government or the Kasich administration (Pan, 1/11).