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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? →

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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to yesterday’s comments from Senator Bob Coker (R-TN), who said that President Donald Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful”:

“The fact that Donald Trump doesn’t have the “stability” or “competence” to be president shouldn’t be news to anyone who’s paid attention the last few years. But coming from such a high-ranking Republican, these comments are big news.

“Senator Corker’s comments raise the question: do Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune agree with Sen. Corker? If not, why not, and if so, what are they going to do about it? The people of South Dakota deserve answers to these important questions.”

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 →

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s report on requested premium rate increases for individual health coverage for 2018:

protect affordable healthcare“South Dakota’s insurance companies agree – the instability and uncertainty in insurance markets caused by Republicans is contributing to higher premiums for South Dakotans. The companies also agree that premiums would increase even more if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to sabotage insurance markets by withholding cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments.

“It is long past time for Trump and Republicans in Congress – including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune – to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to build upon the progress made under the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all.”

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions →

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to a report that Speaker Mark Mickelson’s ballot measure group left petitions unattended in public overnight:

“This report is evidence of inexcusable carelessness on the part of Speaker Mickelson and his group. State law clearly dictates that petition circulators witness every signature on petitions. Besides the potential for voters’ information and signatures being stolen, if any names on those petitions were added without being witnessed by the circulator signing the circulator’s oath on those petitions, that circulator will be subject to charges of perjury. This is just one more example of the Republican establishment in Pierre not respecting the ballot measure process and thinking they and their allies are above the rules that apply to everyone else.”

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The SDDP Responds to New CBO Score of CSR Payments →

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The SDDP Responds to New CBO Score of CSR Payments 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s score from the Congressional Budget Office predicting the effects if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to refuse to pay cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments:

“More than 16,000 South Dakotans, or 59 percent of those on healthcare exchanges, depend on cost sharing reduction payments to make their healthcare affordablprotect affordable healthcaree. This CBO report shows in stark terms how devastating Trump sabotaging health insurance markets would be for those South Dakotans and their families, and millions of families around the country. By ending cost reduction subsidies, millions would face skyrocketing premium increases of 20 percent next year and 25 percent by 2020. In addition, our national deficit would increase by $194 billion. The threat of sabotage has already made healthcare less affordable for millions by creating uncertainty and causing insurers to raise premiums or leave markets.

“Trump and Republicans in Congress – including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune – need to stop playing games with people’s lives. Instead of threatening to sabotage insurance markets, or to recklessly repeal the Affordable Care Act and take healthcare away from millions of families, Republicans should work with Democrats to build upon the progress made under the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all.”

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The SDGOP’s Lack of Leadership in Denouncing Hate →

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The SDGOP’s Lack of Leadership in Denouncing Hate 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to the failure of South Dakota Republicans to confront bigotry and racism:

“When the South Dakota Republican Party decided to embrace hate groups and anti-Muslim extremists earlier this year, we called on elected Republicans and statewide candidates to show leadership and forcefully renounce bigotry and hateful rhetoric. Unfortunatelove trumps hate_hfaly, the events of the past few days make it clear that a couple of elected Republicans did not get the message. First, Rep. Kristi Noem failed to call out and forcefully renounce white supremacy and Neo-Nazis after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, instead saying that she was disappointed with ‘all involved.’ Next, Secretary of State and congressional candidate Shantel Krebs was forced to remove a photo containing the Confederate flag from her office’s website after attention was drawn to the photo by an independent blogger.

“It shouldn’t have taken a blogger pointing out the flag or the tragedy in Charlottesville to make Sec. Krebs take this photo down from her office’s website. A photo including a symbol of racism and bigotry should have never been posted on a state website in the first place. Further, contrary to the remarks of Rep. Noem, the hate and violence in Charlottesville was not an ‘all sides’ problem, but came directly from white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

“Democrats believe that the bigotry and hatred of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and anti-Muslim extremists have no place in our politics and our society, and all Americans deserve equal protection, freedom, and opportunity under the law. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, however, and these most recent events are part of a disturbing pattern from South Dakota Republicans. If you cannot denounce this hatred by name or take down a picture with a racist symbol from your office’s website on your own, you don’t deserve to represent the people of South Dakota in elected office.”

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SDDP Statement on the 82nd Anniversary of the Social Security →

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SDDP Statement on the 82nd Anniversary of the Social Security 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson regarding the 82nd Anniversary of Social Security, which benefits about 20 percent of all South Dakotans, including 96 percent of South Dakotans aged 65 and over:

170811_SSA-Anniversary_TWWhen President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law eight decades ago, he said the law would ‘bring protection to the average citizen’ and their families. 82 years later, Social Security remains a cornerstone of our society, helping ensure the dignity of a secure retirement for millions of American families. Social Security reflects the shared belief that every American should be able to retire with dignity after decades of hard work, and that no American should face poverty because he or she is disabled, or when a loved one dies.

“Democrats believe that Social Security is a solemn promise that strengthens our middle class and expands opportunity for all Americans. We will continue to protect this vital program against Republican attacks and fight to protect the security, opportunity, and prosperity of generations to come.”

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SDDP Statement on the 52nd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act →

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SDDP Statement on the 52nd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson regarding the 52nd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

“On this day in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. This momentous achievement was the result of years of struggle and the hard work and sacrifice of countless organizers – some famous and many unknown – who fought and bled to make sure every American was able to exercise their right to vote. Democrats believe that voting is a fundamental right in America, and that our democracy is stronger when more people participate in our elections.

“As we celebrate this great victory for fairness, equality, freedom, Democrats also recognize that this struggle over the right to vote is not over, due in part to voter suppression tactics used by Republicans in South Dakota and around the country. Fortunately, the judicial system has continued to expose Republican voter suppression tactics for what they truly are: a disgraceful attack on Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, working families, students, first-generation Americans, and the elderly. While Republicans try to trample on our most sacred freedoms, Democrats will do everything we can to end discrimination and protect the one right that preserves all others — the right to vote.”

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to Secretary of Labor Visiting South Dakota →

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to Secretary of Labor Visiting South Dakota 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to the Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta visiting Sioux Falls today:

“Secretary Acosta is attending a conference on workforce development; unfortunately the administration he serves in seems determined to make life harder for working families who make up the workforce in South Dakota and around the country. Under Sec. Acosta, the Department of Labor has reversed important pro-worker rules regarding transparency, liability, and overtime protections. On top of weakening federal rules meant to protect workers, the Trump budget aims to weaken the Department of Labor itself by proposing to cut the Department’s budget by 20 percent and job training programs – essential to workforce development – by 40 percent. Further, attempts by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have devastated workers by taking away their health care or driving up the costs of their health care. If all that wasn’t enough, next on the Republican agenda in Washington is pushing for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working families.

“While Republicans in Washington and in Pierre pursue anti-worker agendas, Democrats are fighting to increase economic fairness, opportunity, and security for working families through policies like paid sick and family leave, protecting and expanding affordable health care, and affordable housing. Democrats believe when working families succeed, America succeeds.”

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Trump’s Threat to Halt Federal Health Insurance Payments Will Hurt South Dakota →

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How Trump’s Threat to Halt Federal Health Insurance Payments Will Hurt South Dakota 

Donald Trump’s threat to sabotage the country’s health insurance markets by withholding cost sharing reductions (CSRs) – federal payments that health insurance companies rely on to keep coverage affordable – would devastate some of our country’s most vulnerable communities and directly impact millions of Americans who could see their premiums by double digits. The mere suggestion to stop these federal payments has already created major uncertainty in the nation’s insurance market, causing insurers to raise premiums or leave markets entirely.

CSR payments help keep coverage affordable for 16,144 South Dakotans, which is 59 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in South Dakota.

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Axios Map: Who loses if Trump cuts off health insurer payments

“We could get a decision from Trump today on whether the administration will keep paying insurers for their cost-sharing reduction subsidies to low-income people. A few things to keep in mind if he stops the payments:

“Insurers have to keep providing the subsidies anyway — they just won’t be reimbursed. That’s why they’d respond by raising premiums for next year by as much as another 20%.”

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SDDP Responds to Failure of Latest Senate GOP Health Care Repeal Bill →

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to Failure of Latest Senate GOP Health Care Repeal Bill 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to the Democratic success in blocking the Republican Party’s latest effort to take away health care from millions of Americans in the middle of the night:

“This morning’s vote is a victory for the millions of families who did not have their health care taken away in the dead of night, and for the families whose health insurance premiums will not go up an average of 20% next year. It is also a victory for the millions of people, including thousands of South Dakotans, who made calls, sent letters and emails, and raised their voices to let their representatives know that they did not want their premiums to go up and health care to be taken away from them or their friends and family.

“While we are relieved that this disastrous bill attacking the health and economic stability of South Dakota families has been defeated, we are disappointed by the votes of South Dakota’s Senators. John Thune and Mike Rounds voted yet again to take health care away from South Dakotans and raise their premiums. It is especially disappointing that Senator Rounds voted for a bill he did not want to become law. Indeed, he said he would only vote for it if he received assurances it would not become law.

“Throughout this process, Democrats have made clear their willingness to work across the aisle and help improve our country’s health care. We will continue to fight not only to protect the health care of those who currently have it, but to expand access to affordable health care to every American.”

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