Republicans: Idaho Should Fight Health Insurance Tax, Not Expand Medicaid
|By Audrey Dutton, The Idaho Statesman, Boise|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
They argued that the health-insurance exchange may be the only way an employer can be fined for not offering low- and middle-income workers health insurance.
The law, which was upheld last month by the
But the law had a glitch in its wording. It said people whose income is up to four times the poverty line can use state-run exchanges to obtain health insurance subsidies starting in 2014. If a person qualifies, and his employer has 50 or more full-time workers, that employer will be fined. The fine is intended to help cover the cost of the worker's health insurance subsidy.
But the law doesn't provide for such fines under a federally run exchange.
A cadre of legal scholars and pundits, including two cited by Moyle and Denney, have seen that glitch as a fatal flaw in the law.
"I think the
Moyle told the Statesman that he would "just as soon let the federal government come in and do the exchange."
He added that
"Competition is a good thing," Moyle said. "Why are [
The law also provides federal money for
"Resistance usually comes at a cost, but the state of
Moyle and Denney told the Statesman they don't yet know how much additional money it would cost
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