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M. A. Sheets, Valley City, N.D., Published December 28 2013

Letter: Hamm makes mockery of job

I’m wondering if Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm, in his sarcastic “concern” about North Dakota’s low number of health care enrollees, has forgotten that he serves at the pleasure of “the People.”

I believe that means he should be doing his utmost to help make the Healthcare Marketplace work for the thousands of North Dakotans who need health insurance. Instead, he bashes away at the Marketplace’s slow startup in a way that only discourages people from even applying. He sounds very much like a mouthpiece for ALEC, a corporate-profits collaboration working diligently against Obamacare.

Apparently Hamm is not familiar with the following statistics published by North Dakota AARP in regards to current health benefits already in place in North Dakota because of the Affordable Care Act:

1) 180,000 people in North Dakota have taken advantage of expanded preventative care services;

2) North Dakotans have already saved more than

$15 million in out-of-pocket drug costs (an average of $1,157 per person);

3) Due to the age 26 provision, more than 5,000 young, formerly uninsured North Dakotans are now insured.

Get with the program, Adam Hamm. It is the law of the land.