Idaho Governor open to health exchange, will study

Idaho Governor open to health exchange, will study
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter isn't dismissing an insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid eligibility rules for his state because he doesn't want to cut off opportunities to make health care more affordable for Idaho residents.

Otter said Tuesday he plans to study both options following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Otter says he understands why some states have rejected exchanges and Medicaid expansion in hopes Obama will lose in November to Republican Mitt Romney, who has pledged to fight the overhaul.

But Otter says that amounts to putting all Idaho's eggs in one basket.

He said study groups will gather information, including how many new people would qualify for Medicaid and how much it will cost Idaho, before reporting to him this fall.