Rob Port's recent blog post concerning the Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare didn't improve the uninsured problem and it didn't make insurance cheaper," contains many errors. The first and most glaring repeats the talking points of some Republican officials that the rate of North Dakotans without health insurance has "remained mostly unchanged" with the ACA, varying between 8-10 percent of our population before and after ACA implementation.
The US Bureau of the Census reports that the uninsured rate in North Dakota averaged 11.5 percent from 2009-2012, the last years before ACA implementation. It was never less than 10 percent. After implementation of the ACA the rate dropped to 7.9 percent for 2016 and 2017, a decrease of over 3 percent. Now around 47,000 North Dakotans have health insurance through the provisions of the ACA. That's undeniable.
For these families the ACA has been a huge success in its primary aim of increasing access to health care. It would be a disaster for them and future North Dakotans if this law is overturned.
Christianson lives in Grand Forks.