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When Big Government Begets Big Business

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

“I’m Not Going To Be…Lobbying" Said Kent Conrad Before Taking Lobbying Job

“The one thing I know I’m not going to be doing is lobbying.” That’s what former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad told the Bismarck Tribune in 2012 just before finishing his final term in the U.S. Senate. Now, one of the problems I always had with Senator Conrad was that he seemed to say one

Rod St. Aubyn: Obamacare Has Made Common Sense State Reforms Illegal

I had the opportunity to attend the hearing for SB 2163 which was sponsored by Senator Oley Larsen, a former school teacher and now an insurance agent.  While proposing a common sense approach to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), this bill is destined to be defeated because it is expressly prohibited by federal law. The

Rod St. Aubyn: Obamacare Is Turning Up The Heat On Americans

As I was reviewing recently introduced legislation, I was reminded of conversations that I previously had with two deceased State Senators with whom I had the pleasure of serving. Sen. Jens Tennefos often wore a lapel pin with a frog character. I asked him why he was wearing the “frog pin”. He stated that if

Democrat Senator: We Made A Mistake With Obamacare

With Democrats finding themselves in the minority in Congress after an election day shellacking earlier this month, suddenly that whole Obamacare thing isn’t looking like such a great idea. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation

Rod St. Aubyn: Obamacare Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

So much has happened since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare.  In fact it could be said that Obamacare is “the gift that keeps on giving.”  If you go back in history you will remember that this act never would have occurred without promises from the Obama administration and Senate

James Kerian: Democrats Still Suffering From "Pomeroy Syndrome"

During the 2010 elections liberal commentators and self-described journalists were elated to see North Dakota congressman Earl Pomeroytouting his vote for Obamacare.  Liberal writers like E.J Dionne insisted that following Pomeroy’s example was the best path to victory for Democrats in 2010. “The real test is whether Democrats who supported the bill think they have

Largest Insurer In Minnesota's Obamacare Exchange Is Pulling Out

Turns out, Obamacare isn’t good for business. PreferredOne Health Insurance — which had the lowest costs and most customers of all the insurance companies in MNsure’s first year  — says it won’t participate in the state’s health care exchange next year. A spokesman for PreferredOne, which is based in Golden Valley, told KSTP news that

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