UPDATE: SD Republicans, never a part of the solution only their self-interests

I can’t believe we let this CLOWN work in the Secretary of State’s office. What a ‘TRUE’ waste of taxpayer dollars. His lastest post about Dems being the root of out of control spending in Pierre is not only far-fetched, it is hypocritical. SD Republicans seem to have amnesia when it comes to corporate bail-outs, no-bid contracts to campaign supporters, increases in FTE’s, state airplanes, prisons and blatant nepotism. All under THEIR watch. Because there is one area I do agree with them on, Democrats are powerless in Pierre. But it doesn’t stop them from denying WORKING people healthcare;

These aren’t the elderly. These aren’t children. They’re able-bodied people who have the use of both hands and feet, who are actively in the workforce. And Democrats want 48,000 of them to be on “Health care welfare.”  At taxpayer expense.

It just staggers my imagination.

Governor Daugaard’s address today pointed out that “because of the uncertainties we need to be conservative to committing to future ongoing expenses.” And, hence, the optional expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare was not recommended.

Ironically, they point out the very reason why these people deserve healthcare, they are working, which means they pay payroll taxes to the Federal government. Governor Doo-bad calls it welfare. Last I checked, people receiving welfare are not working.

What amazes me is how hard these same jackasses fought single-payer (using our taxdollars and resources to fight it), but if it would have been implemented it would have saved states billions of dollars in Medicaid costs, because it would have been funded through payroll taxes. But the insurance companies (who profit from sick and dying people) cried they would go out of business. Good. Now if we can just put Republicans out of business in Pierre.

Some SD Legislators get it

UPDATE: from my email box;

I wrote this a couple weeks ago when this was a headline in the Argus.  I didn’t send it, but it p’d me off just the same and it still does. And today you wrote about it.  SD has the largest number of women who work 2 and 3 jobs to support their family. They all can’t afford healthcare.
The headline for this story in the Argus is totally wrong.  SD did not opt out, it was the governor who chose to opt out of the health exchange even though there are so many people in the state who need these health benefits and the gov’t. is paying for him.  All these stupid republican states opting out is disgusting, they are only doing it because they don’t like President Obama.  Plus the gov’t. pays for the healthcare for the first 2 years. 
And then once again the people on Dailykos are coming to the aid of people on the reservation in South Dakota so they will have Thanksgiving dinner and heat.  They did the same thing a year ago.  And where is/are the governor and past governors……no where to be seen. But you can bet your bottom dollar they are stealing money that is suppose to go to the people on the reservations.  I know the funds to make it easier for them to vote has been used else where. And they could certainly use a clinic and healthcare along with a lot of people who are barely making it in wonderful South Dakota.
It’s pathetic.  

 S.D. opts not to run health exchange

By David Montgomery


DEADLINE : Under the Affordable Care Act, states had until today to tell the federal government whether they plan to operate a health care exchange themselves. The deadline was extended to Dec. 14 after several states requested more time.

S.D.: Gov. Dennis Daugaard is carrying through with his decision not to run an exchange for South Dakota, according to spokesman Tony Venhuizen.

WHAT IT MEANS: The federal government will build and operate South Dakota’s health care exchange, which is a marketplace on which individuals can buy health insurance and, if eligible, receive subsidies.

WHY: Daugaard says he thinks the cost of operating an exchange would be too high — up to $7 million per year.

WHEN: On Jan. 1, 2014, exchanges will be operational.

EXCHANGES: Insurance plans on the exchange are required to sell to anyone and can vary the cost of premiums based only on age and whether individuals smoke. People will be eligible for government subsidies depending on family income, with subsidies for families up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line.

Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the list of Republican governors who are continuing to protest Obamacare by refusing to establish health insurance exchanges, in the process forcing the federal government to step in and create the exchanges itself.Starting in Oct. 2013, the exchanges will be the marketplace for individuals to obtain insurance if they do not have coverage through their employer, Medicare, or Medicaid. Beginning Jan. 2014, the new insurance plans will take effect, giving nearly every American citizen health care coverage.

Under Obamacare, if a state does not establish a health insurance exchange, the federal government must do it for them. Therefore, while ostensibly a protest against the expansion of federal power, these governors are actually forcing the federal government to expand the scope of its operations.



#1 Helga on 12.05.12 at 3:22 pm

Daugaard makes the Huffington Post today as he sinks into that republican world of head stuck in the dark ages.


#2 l3wis on 12.05.12 at 3:30 pm

Yet giving millions in refunds, handouts and tax breaks to foreign oil companies that provide very few jobs to South Dakotans is just a fine and dandy WELFARE program, paid for by the working poor of this state when they buy food and utilities. I’m so mad, there isn’t enough cuss words I could use to express my feelings about the governor right now.

#3 OleSlewFoot on 12.05.12 at 5:39 pm

Is there really 48,000 making less than $14,000/yr not eliglible for Medicaid in SD? Medicaid covers everybody in that income category except single people or married couples with no children under the age of 19.

The healthcare exchanges will be a great deal for small buiness owners or independent contractors in lower income brackets that have struggled with health insurance costs. A family of 4 with a net income of less than $92,000 will get at least a $10,000 break on their insurance premiums per year.

Why would states want to spend money to set up this federally run program anyway?

#4 anominous on 12.05.12 at 6:29 pm

Daugaard, you had better get you ass to church, boy.

#5 Jackilope on 12.05.12 at 8:54 pm

Seeing Daugaard on the huge splash on the Huffington Post was a cringeworthy moment. I thought Rounds was awful, but Daugaard is just downright vile.

#6 Concerned Liberal on 12.05.12 at 9:46 pm

Daugaard is pro-“life” while you’re in the womb, but not until you’re in the tomb ….

#7 anominous on 12.05.12 at 11:56 pm

Dennis Daugaard must be ailing from a truly king-sized case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. He might really enjoy the public attention of Bono paying a special visit to South Dakota just for a special sit down appeal to the governor’s lagging moral sense, a la Jesse Helms.

#8 Craig on 12.06.12 at 9:36 am

Republicans continually tell us they want more state rights, and during this last campaign we were told time and time again that the nation would be better off if the Federal Government would just give money to the states and allow them to handle things on their own.

So what happens when the Federal Government offers to give them the money and have them do something for themselves? They turn around and say “nah… you guys do it for us”.

As Alanis Morissette would say… “isn’t it ironic?”.

#9 Detroit Lewis on 12.06.12 at 9:59 am

It’s not ironic, it is disgusting, and so is Alanis Morissette.

#10 rufusx on 12.06.12 at 12:34 pm

Dennis is complaining that it would caost the state $$ to run the exchange. e must not be much of a bhusinessman. The feds seem to have come up with a solution to paying for the operation of the exchange rather quickly – charge the participating insurance companies an adminsitrative fee – for – essentially -acting as an agent and sending them business. DOH!

As EVEN Mayor Huether would wonder, “Where’s his business acument?”

#11 Detroit Lewis on 12.06.12 at 1:18 pm

You can’t find something you aint never had.