Bringing the Economy Home

Governor Otter: New Health Care Law Hurts Idaho Job Creation

At Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s annual State of the State Address last January he said federal programs, like the Affordable Care Act hurt local job creation.

“For businesses, economic and financial uncertainty caused in large part by misguided federal programs and policies are undermining confidence in the marketplace. Employers have no idea what it will cost them to comply with new health care mandates. I understand their hesitation. But that’s stifling employment growth.” – Gov. Otter, 2011 State of the State

Nearly one year later, Otter stands by that statement.  He explains why when we interviewed him earlier this month:

Idaho is one of 26 states suing the federal government over the health care law.  At the same time, Idaho has accepted federal money to begin creating a health insurance exchange, an online marketplace for buying and selling insurance mandated by the federal law.  We’ll have more on that in the coming weeks.


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