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Rod St. Aubyn: The Obamacare Standoff

Rod St. Aubyn: The Obamacare Standoff

After reading a news article in the Sunday Fargo Forum, I wondered if the state and the nation will be engaged in real standoff regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or more commonly referred to as Obamacare.  Will this situation result in a Special Legislative Session in ND sometime this late summer or early Fall?


Governor, Attorney General Play Hot Potato With Obamacare Lawsuit

Yesterday I reported that North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem had joined the state to an amicus brief filing siding with the Obama administration in the King vs. Burwell case, widely seen as the last opportunity to overturn Obamacare in the courts. That raised some eyebrows since most North Dakotans are pretty squarely on the record


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

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Bills Filed For Industrial Commission Makeup, Student Loan Forgiveness, Obamacare Exchange

Bills are still being filed down at the legislature in Bismarck. I’ve been trying to highlight some of the legislation that has jumped out at me as interesting here on SAB. Here’s the latest list: SCR4009 – Study membership makeup of the North Dakota Industrial Commission This resolution, introduced by Senator Bill Bowman (R-Bowman), would


James Kerian: It’s Not The Voters’ Opinions That Matter, It’s How Much They Care

Most people disagree with you. If you care about anything in politics (it doesn’t matter where you are on the ideological spectrum) most people disagree with you.  You might be tempted to believe that’s wrong because you have an opinion poll that says most people believe elective abortion should be illegal or most people want


Largest North Dakota Insurer Fined $60,000 For Obamacare-Related Infractions

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm’s office sent out a press release this morning announcing a fine for Noridian, the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, in the amount of $60,000 for a series of infractions. You can read the full press release here. The consent order is below. The first


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

Heitkamp & Gruber

James Kerian: Heidi Heitkamp Is One Of Jonathan Gruber’s “Stupid Voters”

Jonathan Gruber, MIT health economist and “architect” of Obamacare, has been causing his fellow Democrats a lot of heartburn over the last week.  The problem, for Democrats, is that videos have emerged of Gruber in various public forums discussing what everyone involved in creating Obamacare knew when they were developing it and ramming it through congress.


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