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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announces Wednesday, Oct. 16, his reelection bid at Republican party headquarters in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Plain Talk: North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Got Individual Insurance Rates 20 Percent Lower, Here’s What He Wants to Do Next

Plain Talk: North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Got Individual Insurance Rates 20 Percent Lower, Here’s What He Wants to Do Next

Most North Dakotans get their insurance through some sort of group plan, usually through an employer, but our state is also a unique place. We have a lot of self-employed entrepreneurs, people like ranchers and farmers and other small business owners, and they’re responsible for purchasing their own insurance. The only news most of us

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Guest Post: Drug Importation Is Not the Solution for High Drug Prices

This guest post was submitted by state Rep. Karen Rohr (R-Mandan) and Rep. Lisa Meier (R-Bismarck). As prescription drugs become an ever more important aspect of modern medicine, leaders of all political stripes are increasingly concerned about the out-of-pocket cost of prescription drugs, especially for seniors.  Some of these suggestions, like passing most of the

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread

Guest Post: Legislative Session Gave Insurance Department Resources, Authority to Make Things Better for North Dakotans

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, a Republican first elected in 2016. It isn’t always easy to be transformative in state government due to the confines of certain laws, policies or financial structures. Change certainly happens, but often slowly. Yet, I am happy to report that with the close

A pamphlet at the Altru Business Center lists ways to maintain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Insurance Commissioner Stands by Numbers Showing Obamacare Didn’t Improve North Dakota Uninsured Rates

A letter to the editor over the weekend accuses me of being factually inaccurate in a recent post which pointed out that Obamacare hasn’t made health insurance cheaper and hasn’t, for North Dakota, improved the uninsured rates. It’s an important topic, because Democrats like Senator Heidi Heitkamp are campaigning on the idea that Republicans want

N.D. Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks during a question-and-answer session Wednesday afternoon with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

What Heidi Heitkamp Isn’t Talking About: Obamacare Didn’t Improve the Uninsured Problem and It Didn’t Make Insurance Cheaper

With early voting beginning next month we are fast approaching the zenith in North Dakota’s nationally important U.S. Senate race (or the nadir, depending on how cynical you are). In the home stretch Democrats have turned to a robust defense of Obamacare as a life preserver for their incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp who is trailing

Minnesota’s Falling Health Insurance Premiums Are Hardly a Sign of Obamacare Stability

“Minnesota health insurers propose lower premiums,” read a headline from the Minneapolis StarTribune late last week. According to the reporting under the headline there will be some premium drops for individual health insurance plans in that state’s market, and supposedly this is a sign of stability. from Obamacare. “Health insurers in Minnesota’s individual market say they

Jon Godfread during his 2016 campaign Insurance Commissioner.

Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Continues to “Destabilize” North Dakota’s Insurance Markets

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that his office would be doing some research into reforms for the state’s insurance markets. “As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to destabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market and federal health care reform efforts continue to face significant challenges, the Department is studying various state

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Will Heitkamp Vote to Shutdown the Government to Protect Illegal Immigrants and Drive up Health Insurance Costs?

Over the many years of budget brinksmanship our friends on the left have told us, repeatedly, that shutting down the government is extremely dangerous. Mainstream Democrats have even claimed that a government shutdown could literally kill people. But now Congress – the Senate, specifically – is on the verge of allowing a shutdown to happen

Obamacare Was Driving up Premiums Even Before Trump’s Decision to Stop Paying Illegal Insurance Company Subsidies

There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth among Democrats over President Donald Trump’s executive actions last week. Specifically his decision to cut off illegal subsidies for insurance companies selling individual policies in the Obamacare exchanges. “This disheartening decision was about claiming a political win, not supporting American families,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp said in

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