Otter Veto’s Federal Health Care rejection Bill
Governor butch otter has vetoed a controversial bill that would have blocked portions of the federal health insurance overhaul in Idaho, but instead has issued an executive order targeted at the reforms. Otter said Wednesday that while he is among the strongest opponents of the health care law, the bill state lawmakers passed in the 2011 session would have required Idaho to forego the creation of a health insurance exchange. Otter said that would open the door for the federal government to step in and develop the system. So instead of signing the bill, Otter issued an executive order to prohibit Idaho from implementing the reforms while still allowing the state to continue developing a health insurance exchange. Otter was the first governor to sign a law requiring his state to sue over the health care overhaul.