BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House Republicans’ hatred of the federal health care overhaul spurred the demise of the state Department of Insurance’s $10 million fiscal year 2012 budget on Friday.

In a 50-15 protest vote, the chamber rejected the agency’s spending plan starting July 1 — normally a ho-hum event — over objections that it included $2.5 million from the federal government to help develop insurance exchanges foreseen by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under those Democrat-backed reforms, states must establish insurance exchanges offering a choice of plans under common rules to boost competition.

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