Idaho Democrats ask GOP not to squander Medicaid expansion

Rep. John Rusche

Rep. John Rusche

Minority Democrats at the Idaho Capitol are demanding Republicans schedule debate on a bill to expand Medicaid this session, saying the state risks squandering an opportunity to save taxpayers tens of millions and bring $1.1 billion into the state.

House Minority Leader John Rusche joined Senator Dan Schmidt on Tuesday in issuing an open letter urging Republicans to “find courage to stand up to their activists’ narrow, but vocal opposition.”

President Barack Obama’s 2010 insurance overhaul foresaw expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people. But the U.S. Supreme Court left it up to states to decide.

GOP Rep. Tom Loertscher has introduced a measure to expand Medicaid, arguing it makes financial sense.

However, Republican leaders including House Speaker Scott Bedke say there’s not enough time left in the 2013 session to tackle the issue.  (AP)

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