Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher continues to focus on Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to create a state-based health insurance exchange rather that defer to a federal exchange.
In an online video released Tuesday morning, Fulcher repeats a clip from an earlier online spot showing him casting his “no” vote in the Senate.
The 1 minute, 25 second ad says Otter “chose to partner with Obama to take over Idaho’s healthcare,” uses video from Otter’s 2013 State of the State message and blames Otter for the cancellation of 105,000 insurance policies, a $70 million Your Health Idaho website, 22 new state employees, business uncertainty and “employee hours reduced.”
Otter says Idaho is better off running its own exchange, increasing accountability and protecting jobs. In Otter’s view, defaulting to the feds is conceding states’ rights.
With limited resources heading into the May 20 GOP primary, Fulcher is relying on word of mouth to spread his message. In an email to supporters, he writes:
“When Governor Otter decided to partner with President Obama and set up an Idaho state exchange, I stood up with a handful of other brave leaders and said ‘NO!,’” writes the five-term lawmaker from Meridian.
“Please click on the video above. I ask that you forward this email and share this video with everyone you know and send a clear message that we don’t want any more federal intrusion into Idaho.”