Will Governor Jack Dalrymple Cave To Obamacare?


Over the last couple of years Governor Jack Dalrymple has been an opponent of implementing Obamacare in North Dakota. He, along with statewide leaders like Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm, have made it clear to the legislature that they oppose implementing the health insurance exchanges proposed in the law.

But now that Democrats have held on to their majority in the Senate, and President Barack Obama has been re-elected, some Republican governors around the nation are going wobbly, and one has caved. Governor Rick Scott in Florida is now reversing his opposition to implementing the exchanges and the expansion of state-run Medicaid programs required by the law.

Will Governor Jack Dalrymple go wobbly too?

Dalrymple, like his predecessor John Hoeven, is not known for taking bold policy stands. But he has taken a stand on this issue and, unlike Governor Scott, presides over a deep-red state where most Republican office holders (including Insurance Commissioner Hamm) enjoyed re-election to office by wide margins.

One would hope that Dalrymple recognizes how foolish it would be for North Dakota to implement any portion of Obamacare. The state implementing health care exchanges would not give us local control. It would just obligate us to more of the cost of Obamacare locally, and the same goes for the expansion of Medicaid, which the Supreme Court made optional for the states in their ruling on the law.

Dalrymple, and North Dakota Republicans, need to stand strong on this issue.

The test will be the upcoming legislative session. In order for North Dakota to implement the exchanges and/or the expansion of Medicaid the legislators most vote in favor of it. But a reiteration from Dalrymple of his continued opposition to doing so would go a long way to ensuring that no such legislation passes.

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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  • Mike Quinn

    Will the governor do the right thing and help the poor, and working class in North Dakota, or will he be a Republican lickspittle and try to funnel oil money to the rich? The Republicans have not been very loyal to him, he should rebel and do the right thing.

    • sbark

      ……the acceptance of ObamaCare in N.Dak—a state with some resources the Left wing hasnt yet pissed away, would just be a big welcome flag for “poor” from especially Left wing dead broke Minn and Michigan to migrate to N.Dak and stay at least until the money is milked dry and tapped out……….

    • Gern Blanston

      Funny how the poor and working class are worse off under Obama’s leadership. Yet somehow, we should continue his policies.

  • JW -American

    As much as I despise, hate, resent, revolt at the thought of, ObummerKare, it is now the law of the land. The 47%’rs that voted the Candyman back in and Dirty Harry to run the Senate, nailed the final nails into the thought that we could gut it or eliminated it.

    Thank you too- Justice Roberts, you put us in one hell of a bind on this one.

    So now, since the state Legislature voted against setting up it own exchange, we now wait and let the Feds set up theirs, Yes this shifts the costs to the feds, but at what costs to our State liberty?

    Short of a state/federal legal battle over Nullification, (Which is questionable if its even Constitutional ) I don’t see much that the Gov or the State Ins. Commissioner can do, I think ND and and the rest of the country will just have to bend over, and hope the feds use lubricant.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      It may be the law of the land, but the states have an option on exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.

      I think maybe you’re not understanding the situation. This isn’t nullification. Obamacare gives the states the choice on exchanges, and the Supreme Court gave the states their choice on the Medicaid expansion.

      • JW -American

        I think the time for the state to set up their own option on exchanges has come and gone, It was voted on during the special session and went down in flames b/c the legislauter placed thier hopes on the SCOTUS and the Nov election. both failed and the machinery of the massive law starts going into affect the 1st of Jan (6 weeks from now)

        • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

          No, the state can still set up a state exchange.

    • kevindf

      The court ruled that Obamacare is a tax. Will only the rich have to pay it?

      • JW-American

        no kevin, they will ask to see your state return, double it and add 17% and give your 4 days to remit it.

        • borborygmi

          And then and only then will they turn you around, bend you over and you will take it like man and they won’t be whispering sweet nothings in you ear.

  • whowon

    I am constantly amazed at those who believe without OBTax, the poor wouldn’t have healthcare. They always did through State and Federal programs but MANY didn’t sign up for them and their children. Now they will…because it is the law? Give me a break.

  • RCND

    He will have to take a clear stand on the issue either way. That is not in his DNA.

  • Tim Heise
    • kevindf

      Jack never reads his mail. His gate keeper, Barb Peske just replies that you need to contact someone else.

    • whowon

      Good site, MANY are signing, I did.

  • Chris Brownell

    To answer your headline, YES.

  • VocalYokel

    Spendrymple the RINO will fold like the proverbial cheap tent.

  • borborygmi