North Dakotans should be uncomfortable with Dalrymple’s Medicaid expansion

North Dakotans should be uncomfortable with the proposed expansion of Medicaid.

The federal government offers between $100 million and $150 million during the 2013-15 biennium to insure 20,000 to 30,000 additional residents, mostly adults. It would cost the state more than $300,000 to administer the program.

While North Dakota can afford its share, the federal government already has a nearly $17 trillion debt and can ill afford to add to it. Further, this is within the context of a vigorous North Dakota economy with as close to full employment as is possible, less than 3 percent unemployed.

What percentage of North Dakotans ought to be dependent on government for health insurance? Presently, 66,322 North Dakotans are enrolled in Medicaid, or about 9 percent of the state’s population. Add covering 20,000 adults to that number, and the percentage enrolled in Medicaid rises to 12 percent of the population.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    Interesting article about Dayton of Minnesota. I’ve been trying to find answers to what happens to existing State and Federal HC programs with OBCare. Millions on these programs. Dayton might have answered my question. With the Obama administration struggling to meet its own health law deadlines, a bipartisan coalition of Minnesotans is banding together to keep “Obamacare” from swallowing MinnesotaCare, the state’s model health insurance program for the working poor. Dayton’s message to Washington was clear: The state does not want to transfer nearly 100,000 MinnesotaCare patients to the less-affordable federal health insurance exchanges that begin next year as part of President Obama’s landmark health care overhaul to expand coverage to as many as 30 million Americans.

    “These are pretty poor families that are struggling to make ends meet,” said Jesson, who took part in the governor’s call. For example, she said, a single adult getting by on $28,000-a-year could see monthly premium costs more than triple, from $28 under MinnesotaCare to $93 on a federal exchange. YEP.

  • sbark

    “In its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday, the CBO projects Over the next decade, we are going to spend $31.6 trillion in the entitlements and Obamacare. Over the same ten years, the government will collect only $2.6 trillion dollars in— dedicated revenue— for that spending. We’re gonna spend $31.6 trillion and collect $2.6 trillion to pay for it.

    That, right there, is a $29 trillion deficit just over the next ten years.
    It would seem to me that only those of the radical left signed on for this type of economy–anyone with any amount of loyalty to the USA as a society did not vote for this scale of govt.