BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers and Gov. Jack Dalrymple should continue their opposition to establishing a state-run, online marketplace for insurance that's required by the new federal health care law, representatives of a group of conservative organizations said Monday.

The so-called health insurance exchanges are meant to allow people to comparison shop for health insurance, much as Travelocity does for airfares. The federal law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, allows states to organize their own exchanges but calls on the federal government to set one up if they do not.

Brett Narloch, director of the North Dakota Policy Council, a libertarian organization opposed to the federal health care law, said Monday during a state Capitol news conference Monday that a state-run health insurance exchange would be pointless, because the federal government would have the final say over how it is run.

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