Over 80% of North Dakotans With Individual Insurance Policies Are Losing Them, Only 30 Exchange Enrollments So Far


The request for information regarding Obamacare insurance policy cancelations sent out by Commissioner Adam Hamm’s office last week is bearing some fruit.

Previously the Fargo Forum’s Kyle Potter reported that roughly 2,500 insured were losing coverage from Medica and Sanford, but he noted that other companies (including the state’s largest player Blue Cross Blue Shield) weren’t making the information public.

Thus Hamm’s request.

Now the Insurance Department has some information back, and here are the number of people losing their insurance (the number is for “lives covered”) thanks to the cancellation of their plans due to Obamacare:

Sanford Health Plan — 812
Medica — 3,173
BCBSND — 31,600

Total: 35,585 people who lost insurance just from the companies that have reported so far.

There are more companies that are yet to report, though they have small market shares.

To put that into perspective, consider that as of 2012 about 42,500 North Dakotans had individual insurance policies (about 6% of all policies) according to the State Insurance Department. Meaning that nearly 84% of North Dakotans covered by individual insurance policies are losing their coverage.

Thanks to Obamacare which was sold in the idea that if you liked your insurance you could keep it.

And the number will go higher as more insurance companies report in. In the end, I think we can safely assume that pretty much all of North Dakota’s individual insurance purchasers will lose their policies.

But there’s more to this story. While tens of thousands are losing their insurance coverage, very few are signing up for new policies through the Obamacare exchanges. As of November 1st, Commissioner Adam Hamm told me on the phone earlier today, there have 30 enrollments from North Dakotans for policies through the federal health insurance exchange. All together those policies cover 37 lives.

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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  • del

    It is working as Obama, Dorgan, Comrad, Pomeroid and Heitkamp had planned. This isn’t incompetence, this is by design. We knew this before the bill was even passed so it is my assumption that they did as well.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      IMPEACH the prick

  • kevindf

    Get ready for socialized medicine,

    • brain trust

      Yes, just when we think things couldn’t get worse.

  • Eric

    Wonder how the Democratic presidents get away with straight out lies and there are no consequences. First we had Bill tell us he did not have sexual relations with that woman now we have Obama tell us we can keep our policies only to learn the truth is we can’t. Both told major lies and seem to get off scott free. Pathetic.

    • Jonesy

      Yeah it sucks when politicians lie. I still can’t believe there weren’t any WMDs in Iraq……

      • Eric

        Totally agree with that also.

      • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

        Well, to be fair, there’s a difference between what might be considered a lie what what might be considered incompetence.

        I think Bush was incompetent. I think he believed the WMD’s part of the case for war in Iraq. But he, and the intelligence, were wrong. That’s not a lie, though obviously still something worth of criticism.

        • Lynn Bergman

          The intelligence was dead on correct. What was incompetent was the U.S. media that refused to follow facts to determine where the WMDs were taken because they preferred the “Bush lied” narrative.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          I remember that the Democrats “INSISTED” that there be a second vote so that they could jump on the Iraq War bandwaggon AFTER they saw that the majority of American public supported taking action. They flip flopped afterwards. Typical

      • Broadway Joe

        obama lied ….people died

      • Lynn Bergman

        They were airlifted (over 200 sorties each by two specific aircraft) and trained (two unit trains of WMDs) to Syria over a period of two weeks immediately prior to the invasion by the U.S. per my firsthand account from the second in command of the Iraqi Air Force at his speech and Q&A at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck a few years ago.
        The national press chose to ignore his tour of the U.S. because it was not consistant with their narrative.
        Interesting to note recently that one of the conditions of Secretary of State Kerry in the Russia/Syria/U.S. agreement was that the SOURCE of any and all WMDs found in Syria found remain confidential. Many, if not most, of those weapns have Iraqi markings. It is important, however, to socialists that as few of their lies are admitted as possible.
        I am not a foreign policy “useful idiot” like most “Demolists”. Are you?

      • alanstorm

        Once again, the child’s response: “Bush did it too!”*

        According to this infantile theory, anything is allowed as long as there’s a precedent. Doesn’t matter if what they do is good or bad, someone else did it first.

        *He didn’t, actually, but it’s impossible to tell LIVs like Jonesy that.

      • sbark

        For sure…it blows that Bush’s CIA director, a holdover from Clinton…….and Clinton himself is quoted as saying there were WMD’s in Iraq…………..do we know where the Chem. weapons in Syria came from………..and what Chem weapons killed thousands of Kurds in Northern Iraq?
        GW simply made the generations old mistake of believing a Leftist……..kinda like believing Obama saying —you can keep your ins. plan, keep your doctor…….
        His lips were moving…….he was lying…..same with Clinton.

      • Jl

        But there were WMD’s found in Iraq. All one has to do is Google it. But that wouldn’t fit your narrative, now would it? And, as I’m sure you know, all the top Dems at the time thought there were WMDs. For once, they were right.

        • Drain52

          For Pete’s sake, if there were real honest-to-goodness WMD found in Iraq Bush and his gang would have trumpeted that to the skies. What was found were some old shells and drums from the late ’80s with unusable dreck in them. Among other evidence, Saddam’s son-in-law General Kamel showed that the WMD were destroyed in the early ’90s. Saddam had him murdered for his honesty.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Several tons of yellowcake was removed from Iraq. Iran is making urania into 3% purity as we speak. Now 3% purity isn’t weapons grade but it can be refined further from there. Jonesy, there is no excuse for wilfull ignorance so why display it?

      • Thresherman

        I still can’t believe liberals think that there were no WMDs found in Iraq. Granted there where not as many as believed, but to say none were found is an out and out lie. Pot, meet kettle.

      • fredlave

        Obama outright lied. Clinton lied (and was a proven perjurer). Bush misinterpreted available intelligence. Big difference no matter how you try to spin it.

  • Name

    Clarification: some of those cancellations are for small business employees. So your % is off a bit.

  • alanstorm


    That’s what, as many as the rest of the country combined?

    • sbark

      and like in Kentucky….I’ll bet most are in the expanded Medicaid program……not even O-Care.

  • RCND

    This rollout isn’t as bad as I thought it would be when it was shoved down our throats whoops I mean passed. It is far worse than I ever imagined it could be.

  • tim

    We don’t know the details of the policies they’re losing. we can’t make educated choices about this unless we compare apples to apples. This article doesn’t tell the whole story. Juan Williams even went so far to say that its the insurance companies fault for dropping policies. Obamacare isn’t forcing insurance companies to drop them, insurance companies are refusing to increase the level of care in these policies to even a basic level. A $59/mo policy sounds great when all you’re quoted is the price, but its the level of coverage that’s at the heart of the matter. Some articles (and authors) deliberately leave out that crucial part of information. They then scream about the aca monthly price quotes without any real comparison of the benefits and what the final out of pocket price would be for that particular example compared to the cost and benefits that were being provided beforehand.

    • sbark

      Americans needed lose their health care plans in order to for Obamacare to work–it was part of the deal with the devil, The Ins. Co thought they’d be getting policies with 30 million un-insured, instead they find they will be out of business.
      . There was never any intention for anybody to keep their current plan–the rest of N.Dak will loose theirs once the employer mandate excemption ends next yr. The only way Obamacare could work, as designed by Obama and the Liberals, is because people would lose their plan.—they needed to force signup into the abyss.
      Also …..remember N.dak is a Red state……they will be punished even more in the long run. Its the Chicago way.

    • Charles Hammond Jr

      Because freedom of choice is over-rated.

    • alanstorm

      “We don’t know the details of the policies they’re losing.”

      Immaterial. Your whole comment boils down to “People are too stupid to make their own choices, so a wise and benevolent government should make it for them.”

      What other aspects of life does this apply to? Is there ANY aspect of life it should not apply to?