|By Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The only member of the
Opponents wearing swatches of bright pink tape filled the
But the senators said they were left with little choice.
"I despise Obamacare, and that's actually an understatement," said Sen.
Schmidt, a physician, said, "This is an opportunity, and I'm sorry, we have problems with health care in this country. We have problems with health care in this state."
In contrast, he said, the federal government has informed state lawmakers that an exchange run by the federal government would cost nearly triple.
"At the end of the day, if we can save Idahoans money, which we believe we can, by operating this in a more efficient manner, we should," Hensley said.
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