South Dakota is among the “hell no” states when it comes to Obamacare. No state-established insurance exchange and surely no Medicaid expansion. They don’t want no stinking federal aid to help more people have health insurance. To be clear, though, that’s the legislature and the governor talking. Not the people.
Despite a poll showing a majority of South Dakotans favor Medicaid expansion, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office said Wednesday he has no plans to introduce legislation to expand health care in the state.In a survey released earlier this week by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, 63 percent of 400 state residents favored Medicaid expansion while 31 percent opposed it.
The others polled had no opinion. Republican pollster Glen Bolger conducted the poll for Alexandria, Va.-based research firm Public Opinion Strategies. The poll’s margin of error is 4.9 percent.
Yes, that’s a small sample size, but it’s still a pretty astounding result in such a conservative state. But South Dakota has about 48,000 people who are uninsured, also quite a lot for a small state. Medicaid expansion would save about 25,000 from falling through the Medicaid gap their governor has created, and bring about $57 million to the state this year.
Oh, but wait, no-bid contracts to foster care programs in the state that adopt kids into abusive homes? That seems to be a good way to spend taxpayer money. Right? But that controversy seems to be suffering the same fate as Benda’s autopsy report. CLOSED CASE.
A first-grade Parkston class raised $6,570 at a lemonade stand for a classmate who received a liver transplant earlier this week.
He’s scheduled to be in the hospital for a couple months and the entire community came out to support the boy suffering from an unknown condition.
The going rate for a cup of lemonade was around $20 in Parkston Saturday, as first graders traded donations for drinks to benefit their classmate Landon Bueber.
The seven-year-old boy’s liver started failing around Labor Day weekend and doctors can’t seem to figure out why.
I think it is commendable what these kids are doing, but how pathetic is it that 7-year old kids have to open a lemonade stand to help a family pay for a transplant? If we would have implemented the single-payer system, this family would not have to worry about losing everything because their son suddenly has liver failure. I still shutter when I think about the amount of money our healthcare industry takes in – while 7-year old kids are selling lemonade in a gravel parking lot.
A head count showed 325 people in the grandstand for the midafternoon speeches, though organizer Dr. Allen Unruh later estimated 500 to 700 people attended at least some of the four-hour rally. Either way, the turnout was a fraction of the 4,000 at Covell Lake on April 15 to re-enact the Boston Tea Party in protest of government spending.
I see Abe Lincoln showed up . . . or was that Ironic Johnny?
Senator Thune, what’s so wrong with a national insurance plan as just another option. If I’m willing to pay for it thru a premium or extra taxes, how is this going bankrupt the country. A recent NY times poll said 72% of Americans support it. Why don’t you agree with it?
His (predictable) answer:
Sen. John Thune: that poll didn’t address the question of paying for it which yields a different result, you would be the exception when it comes to a willingness to pay higher taxes, the cost is up to 2 trillion. with a government run, single payer system you would get less and pay more. a govt plan would be the end of private insurance because no private insurer would be able to compete with the govt. the studies show that employers would drop coverage and push everyone into the govt program where you would face govt rationing care.
Nice talking points, John. How do we know care would be rationed if we have never tried it. And whats wrong with putting insurance companies out of business?
Not sure if they will post my other questions. I said he was misleading by saying there would be no incentives for doctors is we went into a National Healthcare Plan.
As Dean spoke, Melvin VandenTop, 53, of Sioux Falls stood to protest the hearing as a tool to squeeze certain Americans out of needed care.
“This is genocide!” he shouted.
The only thing that is genocide is the millions of Americans each year who die or suffer from the lack of having proper healthcare.
Barry Zachariahs, 55, listened to speakers at the Terrace Park rally.
“Overall we have a system that has worked well,” he said. “Why do we have to go and have a virtual government takeover of it?”
Hey, Barry, can I have some of that Medical Mary Jane you are smoking? Of course, the BS gets deeper, when you have a doctor who is in private practice and owns his own clinic opposed to it. Dr. Curd who would probably lose millions in profits each year due to a National Healthcare System had this lie to spread at a kook rally yesterday;
“Do we change the entire system for 7 percent of the population?” He asked.
Well I am here to serve it up. A SouthDaCola foot soldier sent me this ‘Fact Sheet’ written by the good doctor(?) Allen Unruh. After reading it, I realized that it was the script he was reading from when he was on KCPO’s Sunday Political comedy show, The Facts.
I suppose he does make a few valid points, but who knows, since he doesn’t back any of the statements up with footnotes on where he got the information. It’s kind of like saying Abstinence education works because Allen’s wife says so.
I would like to remind Allen that in a recent NY Times poll, 72% of Americans support a National insurance plan, and 57% would be willing to pay more taxes for it. If you don’t want to be a part of the plan, don’t enroll. Seems pretty simple to me. But how can we bash Obama and the congressional Democrats if we don’t lie?