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Rounds and Thune Throw Support Behind Bill That Hurts South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson released the following statement today reacting to the news that Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune support the latest attempt by Republicans to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, including thousands of South Dakotans:

protect affordable healthcare“South Dakotans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill. This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Tens of thousands of South Dakotans will lose their healthcare, and those who still have healthcare coverage will pay more for worse coverage. Instead of supporting this cruel bill, John Thune and Mike Rounds should listen to the South Dakotans they represent and work with Democrats to improve our health care system.”

Here is a look at a few of the ways South Dakotans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill:

  • 70,000 South Dakotans would lose their healthcare coverage. 
  • It puts 81,672 South Dakota children’s healthcare at risk.
  • It would raise costs for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • 68,000 South Dakotans could see lifetime and annual limits again
  • It could cost seniors in South Dakota $17,221 in higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. 
  • It ends Medicaid as we know it, hurting seniors, people with disabilities, and other communities across South Dakota. 
  • It cancels tax credits that help 24,953 families – 91 percent of South Dakota marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
  • It eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 16,144 residents, which is 59 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in South Dakota.
  • It slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs, including $4 billion to South Dakota.

Click here for a sound recording of SDDP Executive Director Sam Parkinson’s reaction

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DiSanto Should Apologize for Facebook Post →

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DiSanto Should Apologize for Facebook Post

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson today called on State Rep. Lynne DiSanto to apologize for an insensitive post on Facebook where she shared a image portraying a car running over protesters.

“The right to peaceably assemble is fundamental to our democracy – so fundamental, in fact, it is included in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Whether one supports the cause of protesters or not, sharing an image promoting running them over is offensive and beneath the dignity of the office Rep. DiSanto holds. Even though she removed the image from her Facebook page, she still owes the people of South Dakota an apology.”

Click here for a recording of SDDP Executive Director Sam Parkinson’s reaction.

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How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal Bill Will Impact South Dakota →

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How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal Bill Will Impact South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Like each of their previous attempts, the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans. Once again, Republicans in Congress are ignoring the millions of Americans who pressured them into dropping their last health care repeal effort. While Republicans are pushing a bill to take health care away from working families, Democrats are working together to expand coverage for all Americans.

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege. And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, South Dakotans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill,” said Sam Parkinson, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director. “This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Republicans need to listen to the South Dakotans they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

Here is a look at a few of the ways South Dakotans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:

  • Ends Medicaid as we know it, hurting seniors, people with disabilities, and other communities across South Dakota.  
  • Cancels tax credits that help 24,953 families – 91 percent of South Dakota marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
  • Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 16,144 residents, which is 59 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in South Dakota.
  • Slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs.

Click here for a sound recording of SDDP Executive Director Sam Parkinson’s reaction.

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South Dakota Democrats Respond to Trump Rescinding DACA →

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South Dakota Democrats Respond to Trump Rescinding DACA 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In response to the Trump’s administration decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), created by President Obama in 2012 to protect immigrants who came to this country as children, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson released the following statement:

“Today, the Trump administration turned its back on hard-working immigrant families and students. Rescinding DACA will force thousands of immigrants back into the shadows, tear families and communities apart, and be a devastating blow to the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who only know this country as their home. As a result of this cruel and short-sighted action, Trump and Republicans are choosing to further divide our country, create fear in our communities, and even hurt our economy.

“Donald Trump’s actions today are cruel and bend to the wishes of extremist Republicans in his own party. Democrats proudly stand by the 252 DACA beneficiaries in South Dakota and believe that America’s biggest strength is our diversity. We will continue to work to fix our broken immigration system, and the most important step in doing that is supporting the DREAMers who are contributing to our nation’s economy – including over $12 million in South Dakota alone – and were brought to this country by no fault of their own. We urge Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem to act and support legislation in Congress to protect our DREAMers and keep our communities safe.”

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