ND House Votes For Obamacare Expansion Of Medicaid


Here’s a question: Why bother electing Republicans if they won’t block bad Democrat health care policy?

Because that’s exactly what the North Dakota House did today. After a lengthy debate (video here), in which not a single Democrat participated, the House majority voted to implement the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid. The bill, HB1362, was divided into one portion that was the expansion of Medicaid and another portion that was a study of the Obamacare impact on North Dakota. The vote on the Medicaid expansion on its own was 58-35 (the majority kept the expansion in the bill). The vote on the bill in its entirety was 57-36.

Rep. Todd Porter called the bill “pro-business,” and that’s true from a certain perspective. By expanding Medicaid, businesses will now be allowed to dump their employees off of health insurance and avoid paying a penalty when they’re enrolled in the government program (for the employees that qualify).

But this was very much an anti-taxpayer bill. By agreeing to this expansion, the state is signing up for a 45% increase in the number of people on Medicaid. While the federal government has promised to pay all of the expansion initially, and 90% years from now, we all know that our bankrupt federal government will eventually pull the funds, and the state will be obligated to keep paying for the program.

Because, as House Majority Leader Al Carlson noted in his floor comments, the North Dakota legislature has never stopped a program like this once they’ve started it.

House Republicans today voted to expand an already bloated health care entitlement program, locking the state taxpayers into more of what is already problem spending, and voted to help implement a law they all claim to dislike for no really good reasons at all.

Again, I ask, why do we even bother electing Republicans?

The fight isn’t over, the Senate must concur, but with Governor Jack Dalrymple backing the expansion the best chance for killing this was in the House, and that didn’t happen.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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.

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  • jimmypop

    conservatism leading the charge in bismarck!

    for as much as i love the fact these people have to have real jobs….this is one SOLID argument why we need full timers in bismarck. i contend they just dont understand what they are voting on half the time. there si too much to do in too short a time so they just get in their caucus rooms (which should be illegal by the way…..rob, you talk about transparency. please. until this goes away anything they do is a joke) and do what al carlson says.

  • Lianne

    Hall of Shame is too kind for Carlson and Weisz. Carlson sponored a bill that he spoke in opposition to, said pass it, we can change it if we have the courage to do so.
    AS I am a newby freshman legislative groupy, I don’t know if he has to sponsor bills at the beheast of the executive branch as part of his leadership position or if he is saying one thing and doing another to cover his support of this atrocity.
    I commend Rep Becker and Porter and Pollert and Ruby who spoke so adamently against this bill.

  • Simon

    There is still hope in the Senate. Email your senators with your strong opposition to this bill. If there is enough blowback, it can be stopped.

  • opinionated

    The best thing is that these people can be un-elected

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Gone. RINO PURGE time.

  • UncleBuck

    I am not surprised considering we have a House full of RINOs.

    What really gets me is that the news item about being called a Nazi is getting so many more comments than this story is. THIS IS A MUCH LARGER AND FAR REACHING STORY than name calling on the House floor. It just shows how emotions prevail over logic in political discourse.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    I’m a Republican and I had no one on the state ballot to vote for in the last election.

  • Alexander

    Could you please post who voted yea and nay, the debate video was pulled off of youtube.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Thank you RINOs and Governor Jack Dalrymple for ruining this state. I think we need to vote Jack out of office next time.

  • camsaure

    No wonder that no dems participated in the debate, they don’t have to what with all the RINOs we have. Not only that, but when it all turns to sh– the dems can and will sit back and blame the rupubs. Now that I think about it more, we should probably be damn thankful that the legislature only meets every other year. At least we get a break from those cowardly SOBs every other year.