In a post this morning at South Dakota's best political blog The Madville Times, my good friend Cory Heidelberger ran some information provided by candidate Stace Nelson that shreds Rounds' claim that he had nothing to do with a panel involving Tom Daschle and the ACA. First, to quote Rounds in the debate, he said, "Tom Daschle and I have never served on a joint committee to implement ObamaCare." Is this an unequivocal denial? I'd say yes.
Is it true? You decide. In a Rapid City Journal article dated February 11, 2011, reporter Kevin Woster wrote: "Rounds said Friday that he has joined a task force affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle has been a co-leader in health care reform work since 2008 . . . Daschle said Friday that he welcomes Rounds to a bipartisan effort he considers crucial to health care reform. 'It is the only way this will ever work," Daschle said. "Our primary purpose is to explore how states can move forward in providing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. I am delighted to be working with Gov. Rounds on this' " [Kevin Woster, "Former Gov. Rounds Joins Health Insurance Task Force," Rapid City Journal, 2011.02.11]. I don't know about you, but I would have to say that Rounds lied in the debate.
Now that Rounds has been exposed as being complicit in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that he publicly deplores--to the point that in one of his videos he trots out his own dad as an audio-visual aid in order to emotionally empower his antagonism toward ACA--I trust that he has made the appropriate explanations and apologies to his family. (And please, Mr. Rounds, don't tell me to leave your family out of this. You're the one that brought them in.) Next step would be to explain to voters that he was for Obamacare before he was against it, then hope that his standing in the campaign might merit a bit of the respect that it just lost.