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Otter punches back: So you want Planned Parenthood helping sell health insurance?

UPDATED, 2:15 p.m. with Fulcher response defending his pro-life credentials. Gov. Butch Otter responded aggressively to challenger Russ Fulcher’s continued hammering of Otter for creating the state-run health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho. Otter says Fulcher, R-Meridian, the Idaho Senate’s

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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

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Fulcher challenge to Otter: It fits on a bumper sticker

It’s only happened twice since 1904, but Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher’s prospects of unseating an Idaho governor in his party primary are helped considerably by his simple message. In a column in Wednesday’s Statesman, I explore Fulcher’s chances

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Idaho tea party candidate Collett skewered for having 10 children on Medicaid (update)

(UPDATE: I’ve written a complete story, including an interview with Greg Collett, that appeared in Friday’s Statesman. It’s considerably more complex that the original post Thursday morning. Please take a look.) Original post: Greg Collett, a two-time GOP legislative candidate

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Labrador on NPR: ‘We’re not the ones who wanted to shut down the government’

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is responsible for the government shutdown because he believes it can help Democrats retain control of the Senate and win the House in 2014. “We’re not the ones

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Groundhog Day: Simpson, Labrador vote to roll back Obamacare

For the 38th and 39th times, the GOP-controlled House voted to repeal or roll back the Affordable Care Act in floor votes late Wednesday. Idaho’s Republican congressmen, eight-term Rep. Mike Simpson and two-term Rep. Raul Labrador voted for two measures

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Idaho’s Crapo: Obamacare delay welcome, but all-out repeal warranted

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over health programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, welcomed the Obama Administration’s surprise announcement that it will delay by a year

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Simpson: 37th vote to repeal Obamacare worth the effort

Idaho GOP Congressman Mike Simpson acknowledges the legislative futility of the latest vote by the House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but says making the statement is still worthwhile. “While it may sound like a poor use of

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Idaho’s Labrador again snubs GOP leaders, helping deal ‘humiliating setback’

In October, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was in Boise to help Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador raise money for his first re-election bid. But when Cantor needed Labrador’s vote on a bill allowing people with preexisting health conditions

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Idaho safely in the fold, Obama celebrates third anniversary of health care law

Gov. Butch Otter’s push to establish a state-run online health insurance marketplace under the U.S. Affordable Care Act was subject to the longest legislative debate of any measure in memory, 9 3/4 hours in the Senate and 7 hours in

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