“Be there or be square” was the talk of the Statehouse Tuesday, as behind-the-scenes negotiations intensified on Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to enact an Idaho-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
A new bill aimed at capturing votes will be presented at 9 a.m. by freshman Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.
The bill, which remains private until Malek introduces it, is on Wednesday’s agenda in the House Health & Welfare Committee.
Malek deferred questions late Tuesday, repeatedly answering, “I’ll be able to tell you more tomorrow.”
House freshman are considered pivotal to Otter’s prospects. Last week, the Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee voted 8-1 for Otter’s bill. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said Senate Bill 1042 will not be debated this week.
It’s not clear whether Malek’s bill is a replacement for SB 1042, or is a “trailer” bill meant to accompany the Senate measure.