The Bismark Tribune reports:
Angered by a federal health care law that most of them despise, North Dakota Housedefeated legislation Thursday to give state officials authority over a health insurance marketing agency …
They said endorsing state administration of the agency, which is called a health insurance exchange, would be tantamount to approving the federal health reform law itself.
“I certainly am not going to legitimize Obamacare with my vote,” said Rep. Wes Belter, R-Fargo. “We, as a state of North Dakota, need to follow some of the other states who have said no… It is the law, but the fight should not be over.”