Health insurance campaign beginsA grass-roots effort to protect employer-sponsored health insurance while reducing health care costs kicked off Thursday in Fargo.
By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM
A grass-roots effort to protect employer-sponsored health insurance while reducing health care costs kicked off Thursday in Fargo.
The North Dakota Campaign for Responsible Health Reform launched its campaign with news conferences in Bismarck and Fargo.
Campaign partners are the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Taxpayers’ Association, North Dakota Retail Association, North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association and North Dakota Propane Gas Association.
The campaign plans a series of meetings with individuals and employers throughout the state to discuss how the government-run public health care option could affect them.
Leslie Rosedahl, campaign coordinator, said congressional proposals, including ones released Thursday, would create a government-run plan that would have an unfair advantage over private plans.
“Even if employer-sponsored plans survive, consumers are likely to face higher costs as health care providers shift costs to private payers due to artificially low government-run plan reimbursements,” she said.
The North Dakota Taxpayers’ Association, an advocacy group that pushes for limited government and less taxes, joined the campaign because members are leery of what’s going on in Washington, said Dustin Gawrylow, association executive director.
“There’s a feeling that the debate in Washington is really disingenuous,” he said. “It’s being called reform, but what Congress and the Senate are both working on would really replace the system rather than reform the system.”
The Campaign for Responsible Health Reform is a campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526