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Democrats Respond to Cowardly Votes to Take Health Care Away from 74,000 South Dakotans →

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Democrats Respond to Rounds and Thune’s Cowardly Dead-of-the-Night Votes to Take Health Care Away from 74,000 South Dakotans

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the cowardly vote of Sen. Mike Rounds, Sen. John Thune, and all but one of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate at Midnight CST last night to take millions of American’s healthcare away – including 74,000 South Dakotans:

“Last night’s vote is the first step in Republican efforts to reapeal the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it. If Republicans in Congress get their way, as many as thirty million Americans are set to lose access to affordable health care. Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes could lose coverage and become uninsurable. The Affordable Care Act is literally the difference between living and dying for tens of thousands of Americans – without this insurance, 36,000 people a year could die before their time.

“In addition, Senators Thune and Rounds had a chance to vote in favor of amendments to the repeal which would have protected the healthcare of veteranschildrenwomen, those with preexisting conditions, and 26 year-olds on their parents’ health care plans. In each and every instance, Senators Thune and Rounds put partisanship over the needs of South Dakota families.

“In South Dakota alone, repeal would mean:

  • 74,000 South Dakotans could lose health care coverage
  • 22,005 South Dakotans would lose financial assistance to cover heath care costs
  • 346,000 South Dakotans with pre-existing conditions (including asthma, diabetes, and cancer) could lose affordable coverage and women in South Dakota could be charged more for coverage due to their gender
  • 392,000 South Dakotans with private insurance, including 86,000 children, and 156,000 South Dakota seniors on Medicare will lose guaranteed access to free preventive care – including recommended cancer screenings and vaccinations
  • The Medicare “donut hole” will open once again, meaning South Dakota seniors and people with disabilities will be forced to pay thousands more for their prescriptions (South Dakotans have saved about $49 million in prescription costs thanks to the ACA closing this “donut hole”)
  • South Dakota health care providers would be faced with $260 million more in uncompensated care costs
  • South Dakota would lose 7,000 jobs, $4.2 billion in state domestic product, $7.5 billion in business productivity, and $108.4 million in state and local tax revenue

“With no replacement plan in sight, the vote from Senators Thune and Rounds to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the night is not only cowardly, but cruel. The people of South Dakota deserve better.”

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Democrats Respond to the Final Meeting of the S.D. Health Care Solutions Coalition →

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Democrats Respond to the Final Meeting of the South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition

 PIERRE – State Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Troy Heinert of Mission released the following statement in response to the final meeting of the South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition and the end of discussions on expanding Medicaid in South Dakota:

“Expanding Medicaid in South Dakota, by Governor Daugaard’s own estimates, would have closed the coverage gap for 55,000 working-class South Dakotans, injected hundreds of millions of dollars of federal money into our state, and would have helped improve the care at Indian Health Services in our state.

“Democrats have worked tirelessly to take this commonsense step to improve healthcare in our state and boost our economy. Unfortunately, due to too many members of the Republican caucus in Pierre caring more about party than the people of South Dakota, it could not get through the Legislature. This is a dark day in the history of our state; South Dakotans deserve much, much better from their leaders. Every Republican legislator who worked against expanding Medicaid owes the people of South Dakota an apology.

“Democrats in Pierre will continue to do everything we can to expand access to affordable, quality health care to every South Dakotan. We hope our Republican colleagues will be ready to join us soon for the sake of the people of South Dakota.”

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Democrats Respond to Governor’s State of the State Address →

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Democrats Respond to Governor’s State of the State Address

PIERRE – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement in response to today’s State of the State Address by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

“Unlike today’s lackluster, complacent, and unfocused State of the State Address, Democrats will lead in this year’s Legislative Session by pursuing a pro-economic growth legislative agenda that is focused on making South Dakota work for all South Dakotans and making state government work for all people, not just the powerful and well-connected.

“Democrats understand South Dakota families are having to work harder and harder to make a living. Here are just a few of the ways in which the lack of leadership from Republicans in Pierre are allowing South Dakota to fall behind and state government isn’t working as it should:

Working families are having to work harder to make ends meet, and many are falling behind:

  • SD is top in the nation in multiple-jobholding rates, according to most recent estimates available – We’re at 8.7% and the national average is 4.9
  • We rank second in the nation in the percentage of our families where both spouses are in the workforce
  • We are 44th in the nation for median earnings for men and 46th for women
  • We have the 18th most people without health insurance – and 11th most children
  • We have the 4th most regressive tax system in the country

State government isn’t working as it should:

  • There’s a profound lack of accountability, and the state isn’t making the smart investments to support an innovative and dynamic economy
  • South Dakota is ranked 4th-worst in the nation in corruption, got an F in government corruption, and was called the “land of scandals” by one of the most respected government reporters in the state
  • SD was tied for the 5th least innovative state in the country by Bloomberg (with a score of 20 out of 100).
  • We’re only 33rd in the nation in the number of households with an internet subscription

“South Dakotans deserve real leadership and Democrats will do everything we can to provide it. We invite the Governor and Republicans in Pierre to join our legislators in improving the lives of South Dakota families.”

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Democrats Respond to South Dakota’ s Congressional Delegation’ Efforts to Make America Sick Again →

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Democrats Respond to South Dakota’ s Congressional Delegation’ Efforts to Make America Sick Again

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the eagerness with which South Dakota’s congressional delegation is joining their fellow Washington establishment Republicans in pursuing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also know as Obamacare, without any plan to replace it:

“Instead of fulfilling their promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are going to make America sick again by offering no health care plan to the American people and actually dismantling Medicare, Medicaid as well as the ACA. Congressional Republicans, including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune, are leading the charge.

“The Republican health care repeal bill will make America sick again by putting insurance companies back in charge of health care, ripping health care away from 30 million people, raising premiums, and creating chaos throughout our whole economy. Independent experts say this will take us back to the old days when insurance companies could discriminate against people, like individuals with pre-existing conditions. Health care costs for all Americans will skyrocket at the same time big corporations get a tax break.

“In South Dakota alone, repeal would mean:

  • 74,000 South Dakotans could lose health care coverage
  • 22,005 South Dakotans would lose financial assistance to cover heath care costs
  • 346,000 South Dakotans with pre-existing conditions (including asthma, diabetes, and cancer) could lose affordable coverage and women in South Dakota could be charged more for coverage due to their gender
  • 392,000 South Dakotans with private insurance, including 86,000 children, and156,000 South Dakota seniors on Medicare will lose guaranteed access to free preventive care – including recommended cancer screenings and vaccinations
  • The Medicare “donut hole” will open once again, meaning South Dakota seniors and people with disabilities will be forced to pay thousands more for their prescriptions (South Dakotans have saved about $49 million in prescription costs thanks to the ACA closing this “donut hole”)
  • South Dakota health care providers would be faced with $260 million more in uncompensated care costs
  • South Dakota would lose 7,000 jobs, $4.2 billion in state domestic product, $7.5 billion in business productivity, and $108.4 million in state and local tax revenue

“If Kristi Noem, John Thune, Mike Rounds, and their friends in Washington have a plan to replace the ACA and avoid these disastrous effects of its repeal, they have a responsibility to tell the American people what it is. Given that they have had over 6 years to unveil an ACA replacement plan and have failed to do so we can only conclude that one does not exist. Until such a plan is released for the people of South Dakota, and the rest of America, to examine and compare with the ACA, even considering repealing the ACA is completely irresponsible, dangerous, and frankly cruel. The people of South Dakota deserve better.”

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Democrats Respond to A.G. Jackley’s Newfound Interest in Transparency and Ethics →

 

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Democrats Respond to Attorney General Jackley’s Newfound Interest in Government Transparency and Ethics

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Democratic Party released the following statement in response to reports that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will introduce new whistle-blower protections and criminal conflicts-of-interest penalties for public officials:

“As Attorney General, Marty Jackley often had a weak and delayed response to government scandals, such as waiting until after the 2014 election to file charges in the EB-5 case. These responses indicated a greater concern with political expedience than seeing justice done. Now that he’s running for governor, he is suddenly showing a new interest in the kind of transparency and ethics legislation that Democrats have been proposing for years. We Democrats welcome this new interest and hope he can convince his Republican colleagues to join our legislators in the work of making state government more open, transparent, and accountable to the people it serves.”

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