The South Dakota Democratic Party highlighted a report the White House released today underscoring the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act for South Dakotans.

The benefits of the health care law – lower costs, new protections, and expanded access to quality, affordable care – are real, and the repeal plan pushed by some Republicans like Congresswoman Kristi Noem would undermine or eliminate the benefits that many middle-class South Dakota families now rely on.

To view the South Dakota report, click HERE. 

Repeal Would Raise Costs, Strip Protections from Families Across America 

Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of the health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress. The Affordable Care Act does more than just give millions of uninsured Americans access to health insurance. It helps Americans who already have insurance feel more secure in their coverage, ensuring it’ll be there when they need it.  This is a pocketbook issue for many middle class families.

In South Dakota, the benefits of the health care law are real, and the repeal plan pushed by Republicans in Congress would undermine or eliminate them across the board, reversing critical consumer protections and driving up costs for millions of Americans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in South Dakota:

  • ·         200,000 individuals on private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as a mammogram, birth control, or an immunization in 2011 and 2012. In the first eleven months of 2013 alone, an additional 84,000 people with Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.
  • ·         The up to 346,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, or diabetes – including up to 47,000 children – will no longer have to worry about being denied coverage or charged higher prices because of their health status or history.
  • ·         Approximately 203,000 South Dakotans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.
  • ·         92,000 uninsured South Dakotans will have new health insurance options through Medicaid or private health plans in the Marketplace.
  • ·         As a result of new policies that make sure premium dollars work for the consumer, not just the insurer, in the past year insurance companies have sent rebates averaging $70 per family to approximately 800 consumers.
  • ·         In the first ten months of 2013, 8,200 seniors and people with disabilities have saved on average $714 on prescription medications as the health care law closes Medicare’s so-called “donut hole.”
  • ·         9,000 young adults have gained health insurance because they can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
  • ·         Individuals no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit on benefits, and starting in January, 295,000 South Dakotans will no longer have to worry about annual limits, either.
  • ·         Health centers have received $14,225,000 to provide primary care, establish new sites, and renovate existing centers to expand access to quality health care. South Dakota has approximately 45 health center sites, which served about 56,000 individuals in 2012.

Moving forward, the President and Democrats in Congress are committed to improving the health care law and fixing it when the need arises. Every day more uninsured Americans are signing up for plans as the website gets faster and more people with insurance are benefiting from the law. 

Yet instead of working to fix the law, Republicans in Congress have tried and failed to repeal it more than 40 times. Repealing the law completely would raise premiums, allow discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, force women to pay for preventive services like mammograms, and eliminate discounts seniors get on prescription drugs. 

It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop refighting old political battles over health care, because the real cost of repeal will hit home for many hardworking families in South Dakota.


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  • lesliengland

    can we organize at the county party level to raise the voice of the low income folks frozen out of health insurance coverage by our governor’s stand against expanding medicade under obamacare?

    • zachcrago

      Yes! Please email to learn more about what we can do together.