Lawmaker introduces bill to ax Idaho's health insurance exchange

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would repeal Idaho's health insurance exchange.

Rep. Lenore Barrett of Challis is sponsoring the legislation, which House Minority Leader John Rusche said will likely get very little support.

Repealing the state exchange would force the federal government to take over, which Barrett says could lead to the collapse of Obamacare.

"The feds, they made their bed, let them lie in it," Barrett said, "and I hope the bed bugs just eat the crap out of them."

The Republican said Idahoans are having buyer's remorse, but Rusche said the legislature has bigger fish to fry.

"If the real problem for Idaho is education and low wages for families, doing this again as we did last year, I don't know how that helps Idahoans," he said.

Rusche said the bill will probably die in committee, but Barrett said she wouldn't try if she didn't think the bill had a chance.