BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive order on Wednesday that prohibits receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The governor vetoed a bill to block portions of the federal health insurance overhaul in the state.
Otter said Wednesday that while he is among the strongest opponents of the insurance reform, the bill passed by state lawmakers in the 2011 session would require Idaho to forego the creation of an insurance exchange.
Otter said that would open the door for the federal government to step in and develop the system. The executive order allows the state to develop its own “health care solutions.”
Otter was the first governor to sign a law requiring his state to sue over the federal health overhaul, branding it a government overreach.