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James Kerian: The Party Matters

James Kerian: The Party Matters

North Dakota conservatives often complain that we don’t get much for the Republicans holding every office in Bismarck that is elected on the state wide ballot and a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. Spending at the state level has grown astronomically. The crony capitalism of targeted sales and property tax exemptions has

Obamacare Whats in a Name

Rod St. Aubyn: States Should Have Taken The Lead On Health Insurance Reform

In last week’s post, I brought up the failures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or as many refer to it as “ObamaCare”) in controlling health care costs in addition to many other failures. As I indicated, I prefer that health care reform be a state solution versus the power grab by the Federal government.


Rod St. Aubyn: Where Are Obamacare’s Health Care Cost Savings?

I’m sure many have seen the recent news story of the Minnesota restaurant that started to charge and display on the receipt a new surcharge for the cost of the recently passed minimum wage increase. I have often wished that health insurers were required to itemize on their premium notices the new costs that are


Did Obamacare Prompt Grand Forks Union To Strike?

Employees of J.R. Simplot in Grand Forks have voted to go on strike and were picketing as of yesterday. According to the Grand Forks Herald, their reasoning for going on strike were longer shifts, changing their pensions into 401k plans and…increased contributions to their health insurance plans: The strike came shortly after an employee vote to


LegitSlater: Real VA Reform Will Come When The VA Gets Out Of Caring For Our Vets

The weekend brought news that Congress had reached a tentative agreement in principle to “fix” the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has been in the news recently when it was discovered 18 veterans died while on a secret waiting list for care at their Phoenix facility. An inspector general’s report in May also found roughly 1,700


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


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


The Supreme Court Is Not Inhibiting A Woman’s Access To Contraception

In the wake of this morning’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare’s contraception mandate, the narrative coming from the left suggests that a woman’s right to access contraception is under attack. Senator Elizabeth Warren accuses SCOTUS of denying women access to basic care: Can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big


Supreme Court Sides With Hobby Lobby, Gives Obama Another Loss

It’s been an inauspicious Supreme Court term for the Obama administration. First SCOTUS overturned Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, pointing out that Congress and not the President decides when Congress is in recess. Now today the Supreme Court has ruled that Hobby Lobby can’t be forced to provide contraception coverage in