Former state Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician and outspoken advocate of improving health care in Idaho, says after much consideration, he’s decided against running for governor next year – at least for now.
“I have no plans to at this time,” Schmidt told Eye on Boise. “Honestly, I did look at it pretty hard. But you’ve got to build a team that it looks like will be a good team and work together and be fun to play on as a team. That’s what I spent the summer looking at. And I came away deciding that, at this point, it just isn’t something I can put my energy into at this time.”
He added, “You can hear my equivocation. I’d still love to.”
Schmidt made waves by giving up his own state-funded health insurance as a state senator, in protest over the Legislature’s inaction on providing health coverage options to the 78,000 Idahoans who fall into the state’s health coverage gap – they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to qualify for subsidized insurance through the state insurance exchange.