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Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum

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

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

ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread

Audio: Godfread Says Medica Leaving Obamacare Exchange “A Sign of Things to Come”

Yesterday Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread ripped Congress for their inaction on healthcare reform while announcing that the insurance company Medica was leaving North Dakota’s iteration of the Obamacare exchanges. “This situation is one the Department understood to be a possibility but we were hopeful that Congress would come to a resolution regarding health care reform

Did Obamacare’s Expansion of Medicaid Contribute to the Opioid Crisis in North Dakota and Elsewhere?

Back during their 2013 session North Dakota lawmakers voted to expand the state’s Medicaid program in accordance with Obamacare despite a Supreme Court ruling declaring any federal retribution for failing to pass that expansion to be unconstitutional. Former Governor Jack Dalrymple, though vocally opposed to Obamacare, was the fourth Republican governor to support the expansion.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum

While Heidi Heitkamp Plays Partisan Politics Obamacare Is Hurting North Dakotans

With Republicans in the Senate pushing yet another (faltering) attempt at killing off Obamacare, the liberal left has cranked up their noise machine. Here in North Dakota the Democrats have cranked up their noise machine, coordinating letters to the editor and social media campaigns. Even Senator Heidi Heitkamp has cast aside her carefully cultivated “centrist”

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., reviews details of an omnibus budget plan passed by Congress during a 2014 meeting. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Podcast: Hoeven Accuses Heitkamp of “Scare Tactics” on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Senator John Hoeven joined me on my radio show today to talk about healthcare reform. The Senator has indicated support for the latest version of Republican-flavored reform, the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill. The gist of the bill is that it replaces Obamacare’s stringent, top-down, federal-centric regulations with block grants and flexibility for state policymakers to tackle

Podcast: Congressman Kevin Cramer House Would Probably Pass Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

The national political debate is focused on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill right now, yet another Republican effort to deal with Obamacare after campaigning on repealing and replacing that awful policy for years. Will they be successful? Or will Republicans fall on their faces again? “This was a little bit different than the last one in

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks to Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., during a Senate hearing. Must credit: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

Does Anyone Actually Know What Senator Heidi Heitkamp Wants to Do on Healthcare?

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp talks a big game about being a centrist moderate who likes to work with Republicans. That this desire to work with Republicans is more manifest the closer Heitkamp is to an election year in this deeply Republican state is noteworthy, and perhaps an indication that Heitkamp’s words are something less

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