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Fulcher releases another video knocking Otter on state exchange

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.”

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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