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My friend, Susan, attends a very liberal liberal-arts college. It offers no majors or class requirements. The intention is to remove all r... Posted on 7/4/12 at 9:22 AM
BISMARCK — More than 20,000 more North Dakotans may have health insurance after members of the House voted Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to align with the federal requirement under the Affordable Care Act.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he thinks the politics associated with Obamacare should not deter the state from implementing a federally-funded Medicaid expansion, even though lawmakers from his own party say it isn’t a popular idea.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is not planning to set up its own health insurance marketplace under the new federal health care law, although that step could be taken in the future, spokesmen for Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.
FARGO — Sixty percent of North Dakotans who responded to a recent poll said they oppose the federal health care law nicknamed Obamacare, which U.S. Rep. Rick Berg and fellow Republicans are using to wage war on Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the state’s highly visible U.S. Senate race.
HELENA, Mont. — Denny Rehberg often wears cowboy boots while campaigning for the U.S. Senate, telling stories about his ranching background and bashing the “death tax” and “Obamacare,” characterizations popular with Montana’s rural residents.
In all the millions of words spoken and written about the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business, et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (or the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”), something important has been overlooked: the benefits to ordinary Americans.
Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., has accepted the government-sponsored health care benefits offered to members of Congress — despite co-sponsoring a bill that would repeal the year-old health care reform legislation that he said represents a “government takeover of health care.”
Republican leaders are pedaling news cycles at top speed, spreading the word about how, after capturing the House and maybe the Senate in November, they will quickly undo President Obama’s health care reform.
Well, now politics has really gotten personal. Which is why I don’t agree with many of my conservative friends who say that now that America has taken the (literally) suicidal step of turning our health care over to our government via “ObamaCare,” it’s a permanent setup that will only grow more far-reaching and destructive over time.
I love the sound of Republicans whining in the morning. Boo-hoo-hoo. The GOP lost the presidency and a big congressional election back in 2008. With the passage of President Obama’s health care bill, they’ve now lost the most significant domestic political battle since the 1960s.
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