PROP 2: Points to consider

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Iím disheartened that arguments against Prop 2 offer nothing more than political talking points and nihility of an option, putting idealogical fear ahead of common sense legislation that we might choose between.

The Supreme Court struck down the ACAís vision for states to expand Medicaid for those earning up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. It was a judicially sound decision. We have seen workable alternatives though being adopted in other states. In Idaho, we have advanced platitudes.

Letís look at premium assistance, enrolling beneficiaries in private health plans and states funding to pay for the premiums as in Arkansas. This market-oriented alternative might appeal to conservative North Idahoans while also providing care to those in need. Letís incentivize healthy behaviors, require job training for able-bodied and unemployed adults.

Yes, there are reasonably affordable options for care. None sustainable for long term.

Draft substantive legislation for your constituents who view this as a life issue, not a political one. Commence meaningful dialogue, stir up innovation and solutions ó real options that we might be able to choose between.

SASHA FISHER

Coeur díAlene

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