The Republican health care plans brought forward by both the House and now the Senate are attempts to dismantle the Medicaid program. The changes would force state budgets to either pick up the tab or cut services to their frail populations. Is North Dakota in a position to take on more of Medicaid's funding? That is an important question to consider while Congress debates health care reform.
As a candidate for the Public Service Commission, I could not agree more with the Grand Forks Herald’s April 20 editorial published in The Dickinson Press titled, “Regulators should be more proactive.” It should not take a pipeline leaking for days unreported, or a train exploding outside of Casselton, before our elected regulators on the Public Service Commission exercise their full legal authority on behalf of all North Dakotans. Nearly a decade into our energy boom, the Public Service Commission continues to lead from behind.