|Noem, Rounds, Thune|
Obamacare? Grrrrr . . .
I think all three of them are just doing their partisan best to convince South Dakotans that repealing Obamacare will be good for us, details to be provided later. What they haven't done is make a case for replacing a status quo that in the aggregate seems to have been pretty good for this state when it comes to health insurance. We've seen significant declines in the uninsured rate, per data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Findings from the Department of Health and Human Services show that 6,000 young adults now get coverage through their parents, and in a well-documented fact sheet put out by Families USA, 74,000 South Dakotans could lose their health coverage altogether if
|We Better Look|
Before We Leap
ACA rate increases were still in force.
There doesn't seem to be much doubt that ACA has had some significant statewide benefits for South Dakotans, a fact that suddenly seems to be dawning on our Republican U.S. reps and their partisan colleagues in Congress. It's looking more and more like a slower-motion process will turn the chest-thumping and reckless rhetoric about immediately repealing Obamacare into the deliberative process that it needs to be. I admire that Pubs want to keep the best of ACA but am dubious about how they can do that by repudiating a system that most Americans (75%) either want left intact or abandoned only if a suitable replacement is found.