(BISMARCK, ND) – In response to the failure of the latest Republican repeal effort – a bill that even many Republican senators called “terrible policy” that would “destroy insurance markets” – Democratic-NPL chairwoman Kylie Oversen released the following statement:
“This irresponsible approach to repealing health care protections needs to stop. This latest attempt at repeal would have resulted in 34,000 North Dakotans losing their insurance and increased premiums in our state by an estimated $794. Like Republicans’ previous attempts, this latest bill did not go through the normal committee process, did not receive hearings, was kept behind closed doors until the last minute, and was voted on in the middle of the night. This is not responsible policymaking.
“The bill’s failure shows, once again, that Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer must end their ill-fated approach to repealing health care for tens of thousands of North Dakotans. Instead, the Senate should go back to the drawing board and work in a bipartisan fashion to find solutions that keep what works, fix what doesn’t, and lead to genuine improvements in our health care system.”