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Obamacare Has Done Little To Expand Health Insurance Coverage In North Dakota

Obamacare Has Done Little To Expand Health Insurance Coverage In North Dakota

Back before Obamacare was the law, the Obama administration claimed that some 70,000 North Dakotans were without health insurance. When the Obamacare law’s expansion of the state Medicaid program was being debated in the Legislature last year, it was estimated that the expansion would attract some 30,000 new enrollees. The reality of Obamacare’s impact in


On Television: At A North Dakota Research University The Researchers Don’t Have Running Water

I was on Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View program last night on Valley News Live for my usual Monday segment, albeit one shortened by weather coverage this time around. We discussed the deferred maintenance report the NDUS got last week, which detailed over $808 million worth of problems, including the fact that some researchers


Did A Federal Court Just Gut Obamacare?

Back when the Supreme Court upheld the legality of Obamacare’s individual mandate, folks on the left were fond of taunting conservative critics by saying Obamacare is “the law.” Anyone else remember this smug tweet from the official White House account? Well, in an ironic twist of fate, a federal appeals court just issued Obamacare a


Whoops: Ryan Taylor Didn’t Know Saltwater Pipeline That Leaked Already Had Flow Meter And Pressure Cut Offs

Ryan Taylor seems to have made a pretty big gaffe in his quest to become North Dakota’s next Commissioner of Agriculture (and get a seat on the State Industrial Commission overseeing oil and gas development). Last week Taylor wrote a newspaper column blasting the current, all-Republican Industrial Commission (which includes his opponent, incumbent Doug Goehring)

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UND Students Get Settlement Emails Over Controversial Student Loan Debit Cards

In 2008 the University of North Dakota, lead in the matter by Associate Vice President of Finance and Operations Peggy Lucke, contracted with a company called HigherOne to disburse financial aid dollars to students in excess of what they owed the university. HigherOne, which UND still uses to this day, gives students the option of


North Dakota Has Added 22,000 Jobs In The Last Year, Nearly 70,000 Workers In The Last Decade

The latest North Dakota jobs report is out, and there isn’t a lot of news. Once again, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is under 3 percent (2.7 percent in June 2014 versus 2.9 percent in June 2013). Once again, North Dakota has added a lot of jobs. “Employers reported an estimated 22,000 more jobs when


Was Ed Schultz Drunk Tweeting?

I’m not a fan of cable news. There are a couple of personalities I like – I tune in to Neil Cavuto if I’m around a television when he’s on – but other than that, cable news strikes me as the lowest common denominator in American politics. It’s shallow and manipulative. Mostly paid political professionals


Associated Press: Republicans Block “Free Contraception”

Earlier today the US Senate voted down a motion to invoke cloture on legislation seeking to overturn a Supreme Court ruling which held that closely-held companies cannot be forced, under Obamacare, to pay for contraception benefits for their employees if they find the contraception to be immoral and a violation of their religious conscience (for