|Arguing For Medicaid Expansion|
Pence Did It For Indiana
According to Politico, Pence's program went through despite "upsetting many conservatives who saw the move as betrayal." No doubt Daugaard, regardless of what method for expansion he promotes, will get similar pushback from South Dakota lawmakers. The ideologically hidebound House Majority Leader Brian Gosch (R-Rapid City) told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader last June that a block of elected Republican lawmakers don't support expansion because "they know it's bad for the state and for the country." But like Pence, partisan oppostion like that shouldn't deter Daugaard, because like Pence our governor understands that the money pouring in for Medicaid expansion does the greatest good for the greatest number of South Dakotans. I invite Gosch and the other naysayers to examine how Medicaid expansion has worked, even in conservative states like Indiana, then I challenge them to find a way of making it work here.
|He Ain't No Dummy. But Some SD Pubs?|
I'm Not So Sure.
These intransigient Republicans need to explain why they oppose Medicaid expansion when two of the most conservative Governors in the United States found it to be something workable and worthwhile in their respective states. In the meantime this ideological inflexibility should be considered by voters in November who are just plain sick and tired of reflexive hatred toward a plan that promises to do us some good just because it was spawned by the Obama administration.