As the governor of Idaho, C.L. “Butch” Otter gained national attention when he switched from standing up to ObamaCare to later deciding to push his state to participate by setting up a health insurance exchange of its own.

Otter, a Republican who says his state is the reddest of the red states, explained in an interview with TheBlaze that he is far from backing down. Rather, his change of strategy is positioning Idaho to lead the fight against in what he thinks is President Barack Obama’s real end goal: a single-payer system run by the federal government.

It is better for the state to administer its own system than to cede that authority to the federal government, Otter said, adding that it will be harder to create a single exchange if every state has its own distinct system.

Otter, who is currently serving his second term as Governor of Idaho after six years in the U.S. Congress, is a businessman-turned-politician who previously spent 30 years with J.R. Simplot Co., one of the biggest suppliers of French fries to the fast food industry.

In an exclusive interview with TheBlaze contributor Mallory Factor, Otter discussed how Idaho could teach Washington how to balance a budget and why Americans should consider moving from blue states to red states.

Watch the full interview below:


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