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Jon Godfread during his 2016 campaign Insurance Commissioner.

Audio: Insurance Commissioner Says Lawmakers Should Have Saved More Days for Health Care Issues

I had Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on my radio show yesterday to talk about the health care reform debate taking place in Washington D.C. and how it might impact North Dakota. “I like some of the ideas in there,” he said of the bill passed by the House last week, but warned that any reform

Indivisible FM organized a protest in south Fargo Saturday, May 6, against U.S. House passage of a health care bill. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

About Those Pre-Existing Conditions

A caller to my radio show last week had a really good analogy for insurance. He said that we should imagine an insurance company as a bucket. The premiums we pay for coverage is water flowing into the bucket. In the bottom of the bucket, though, are holes which represent health care the insurance company

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after arriving for jury duty at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“A Sane Person to an Insane Society Must Appear Insane”

With President Barack Obama we had a relentlessly ideological national leader. His every move was calculated to advance the progressive agenda. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, measures his success much differently. He’s not terribly ideological. Rather, he’s focused on getting things done. I’m not exactly breaking new ground with that observation, but it’s

How Many Previously Uninsured North Dakotans Got Coverage Through Obamacare? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Obamacare is much in the news again these days what with the Supreme Court set to rule on the King vs. Burwell case later this summer. That ruling should determine whether or not the federal government can subsidize insurance purchases through the federal exchanges. Plaintiffs in the case argue that a plain reading of the law

Rod St. Aubyn: Is It Time To Regulate Drug Prices?

I am generally opposed to price controls.  I am a firm believer that competition controls prices for goods and services.  But several recent situations brings me to reconsider my position.  My sister has been successfully battling breast cancer for a couple of years.  Her cancer, though incurable, can be controlled with the right treatment, assuming

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