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Rounds and Thune Throw Support Behind Bill That Hurts South Dakota →

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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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Newest Release of GEAR UP Emails Brings More Stunning Revelations →

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Newest Release of GEAR UP Emails Brings More Stunning Revelations 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the latest release of emails related to the GEAR UP program, which shows that Secretary of Education Melody Schopp was warned that the state had lied to the federal government in GEAR UP performance reports, and that Schopp’s reaction was to say it was “useless” to address the concerns raised and that she wanted to “simply move forward”:
“These new revelations are yet more undeniable proof of the stunning lack of oversight of the GEAR UP grant program by state officials. It is clearer than ever that Secretary Schopp had no interest in a thorough investigation of corruption in the GEAR UP program, despite repeated warnings from two Directors of Indian Education. The fact that Schopp was more interested in “simply moving forward” than in ensuring transparency and accountability in the use of taxpayer money shows the stunning arrogance and culture of corruption which has taken hold of the Republican political establishment in Pierre.

“As more and more evidence is being brought to light exposing the Republican culture of corruption in Pierre, it is becoming painfully obvious that they cannot be trusted to clean up the corruption they had a hand in creating and have allowed to grow unchecked in our state government. It is time for a change in Pierre, and that means electing Democrats to lead, from the governor’s mansion to constitutional offices to the State Legislature. Only Democrats are fully committed to ensuring the open and accountable state government the people of South Dakota deserve.”

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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Roger McKellips →

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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Roger McKellips 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the death of former State Senate Majority Leader and 1978 gubernatorial candidate Roger McKellips:

“Roger McKellips was a dedicated public servant who served his community and the people of South Dakota well in the State Legislature, including his time as Majority Leader. He was also a great Democrat and served the Party well in several leadership roles, in particular as Majority Leader and as the Democratic nominee for Governor in 1978. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief and loss.”

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GEAR UP Emails Show Stunning Lack of Oversight →

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GEAR UP Emails Show Stunning Lack of Oversight 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to yesterday’s release of emails related to the GEAR UP program, which show that Secretary of Education Melody Schopp was warned of corruption in the program as early as January 2011, and did nothing about it:

Corruption Screenshot“These blockbuster revelations are undeniable proof of the stunning lack of oversight of the GEAR UP grant program by state officials. The fact that Secretary Schopp did nothing in the face of such clear warnings of corruption is just one more example of the arrogance and the culture of corruption which has taken hold of the Republican political establishment in Pierre. It’s time for state government officials to testify under oath so the people of South Dakota can finally know the truth behind these scandals.

“While Republicans have been fighting to sweep their scandals under the rug, Democrats have been fighting to bring more accountability and oversight to state government for years. Next year, the people of South Dakota will have a choice: vote to continue the Republican culture of corruption or vote for a more open and accountable state government led by Democrats. We’re confident that South Dakotans will agree with us that it’s time for a change in Pierre.”

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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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