Proposition 2: Now Fight Begins

The petitioning, door knocking and media coverage worked.

After years of failure to convince state legislators to expand Medicaid in Idaho, Proposition 2 won overwhelming approval from 60.6 percent of the state electorate Tuesday and is on its way to becoming state policy.

The effort to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot began in Sandpoint in the spring of 2017, when Luke Mayville and Emily and Garrett Strizich founded Reclaim Idaho. Volunteers were people from across the Gem State including here in Kootenai County — where Jessica Mahuron, candidate Rebecca Schroeder, and a host of other activists fought to persuade the public to say yes to Prop 2. Their argument was that Prop 2 would benefit 62,000 Idahoans whose work earned them too much to qualify for help on the state health care exchange, but too little to qualify for Medicaid.

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