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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

Twamley hall at the University of North Dakota. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Obamacare Costing Hundreds of UND Graduate Students Their Health Insurance Next Week

“Are you at all aware of what UND has had to do to its grad assistants’ healthcare plans thanks to Obamacare?” a UND student asked me a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t aware, but as it turns out hundreds of graduate students are losing coverage provided by the University of North Dakota, and Obamacare

Obamacare Has Been Bad For North Dakotans, But Good For Insurance Company Profits

The CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota – by far the state’s largest health insurer – visited the Fargo Forum editorial board recently to explain that his company is financially strong. That people go the idea they might not be doing so well, financially, is easy to understand. Not only did the company’s

When Big Government Begets Big Business

The left claims that they dislike “big business.” It comes through in their rhetoric. They’re always railing against big, giant corporations while posturing themselves as the champions of small business. What’s ironic about this is that the big government policies the left supports very often necessitate big business. After all, who else but big corporations

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

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