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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

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

A still image from video shows U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who had been recuperating in Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer, speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate after returning to Washington for a vote on healthcare reform in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. SENATE TV/Handout via REUTERS

John Andrist: A Problem Which Defies a Solution

The score is even now. It’s a dead heat, and I think we are headed for overtime. When the Affordable Care Act was enacted with practically no study, the Democrats were determined to ram it through. They didn’t really care what. Remember, Nancy Pelosi made her infamous comment: “We have to pass it to see

Sen. John Hoeven. File photo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Audio: Senator John Hoeven Takes Questions on Health Care/Health Insurance Reform

Senator John Hoeven was on my radio show today for a full hour taking questions and comments about health care and health insurance reform. He’s taken some criticism for failing to hold town hall events on this subject. I was happy to offer my show as a platform for dialogue, though I hope the Senator

Jon Godfread during his 2016 campaign Insurance Commissioner.

The Federal Government Should Do Less, and the States Should Do More, on Health Care and Insurance Policy

“Let states take over health reform from federal politicians” is the headline for my print column today (here’s the version in the Jamestown Sun). The genesis for the column was my interview with North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on my radio show earlier this week (full audio below). “Turn this back over to the states,”

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

Jon Godfread: Don’t Get Sucked Into False Claims and Overblown Statements in Health Care Debate

With the recent passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives, it is important to have an honest and truthful discussion regarding what the AHCA is and what it is not. But before we get into that, what does the health insurance marketplace look like in North Dakota? There

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