Shorter Butch Otter

You can read his teabagger laced health care reform tripe here or this summary:

Its an election year and the Democrats just put forth a viable candidate so I need to use my incumbency and the power of my office to make a meaningless political grandstand play in order to distract people from how much I bungled governance last legislative session.

As to the merits of Butch's contentions, the AARP thinks he's full of it:

“Governor Otter’s announcement to rail against health care reform is premature, unnecessary and, if successful, would do much more harm than good for hundreds of thousands of Idahoans struggling with high health care costs,” said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho. “This move puts the interests and profits of insurance and drug companies before the needs of Idaho families, businesses and retirees buckling under insurance premiums and rising prescription drug prices.”

In Idaho, 221,000 people are uninsured – the overwhelming majority (88%) of which are employed. Roughly 27% of Idaho’s Medicare beneficiaries fell into the prescription drug coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole” last year, where they had to pay full price out of pocket for their prescriptions – leaving many to stop taking their medications or cut pills due to costs. While 400,000 residents spend about 10% of their incomes on health care, 100,000 spend upwards of 25% - for older people health care costs eat up about 30% of their household income.

Without any action on health care reform, health insurance premiums will increase 40% in the next few years and double by 2016. Brand name prescription drug prices, which soared by over 9% in the past year, are expected to continue to rise.