By Sam Baker - 08/22/11 09:55 PM EDT
Another Republican governor seems to be willing to let his state accept federal funds for an insurance exchange.
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said it makes sense for Idaho to accept federal grant money and set up its own exchange, The Associated Press reported Monday. The federal government has the power to set up exchanges in any states that don’t establish their own.
“If we do not apply for the grant, then under the Affordable Health Care Act, the federal government will come in and establish and impose upon us an insurance exchange,” Otter said, according to the AP.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the only Republican so far to sign an exchange into law, though other GOP leaders — including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — have said they’ll move forward, despite their opposition to the federal healthcare law.