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Fulcher: Otter propping up Obamacare, not fighting for repeal

Sen. Russ Fulcher is blasting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s statement Tuesday, which urged insurance companies to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses whose policies will be terminated January 1 for failing to meet standards under the Affordable Care Act.

Fulcher has made Otter’s establishment of an Idaho-run health insurance exchange the centerpiece of his effort to unseat the two-term governor in the May 20 Republican primary.

The Fulcher campaign issued a statement Thursday. I’ve asked the Otter campaign for comment and will update this post should I receive a reply.

Fulcher’s news release follows:

 December 5th, 2013

Idaho State Senator Russ Fulcher responds to Governor Otter’s Obamacare Insurance Directive

As Idahoans face rate increases and cancellations under Obamacare, Governor Otter and the Idaho Obamacare Exchange issued tandem statements further proving that they have every intention of continuing to prop up Obamacare instead of working to repeal and replace it.

“I’m glad to hear that the Governor now appears to be interested in allowing Idahoans to keep their insurance a little longer, and he doesn’t want to run the insurance companies,” said Fulcher. “It’s unfortunate he didn’t act that way while ushering the Obamacare exchange into Idaho earlier this year.”

“The way to deal with this mess is to stop using Idaho taxpayer resources to prop-up Obamacare, and implement a patient-powered, free-market solution.”


Russ Fulcher is the Senate Republican Caucus Leader in the Idaho Statehouse. Russ works in the commercial real estate business, and previously served as an international business executive in the technology Industry. In November 2013, Fulcher announced he would run for Governor of Idaho. A fourth generation Idahoan, he and his wife, Kara, have three adult children.





Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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