|Making The Case|
Let's Get 'Er Done
As tough as that fact is for many Republicans to swallow, it does give South Dakotans a shot at using ACA as a vehicle for advancing healthcare opportunities and giving our state a much-needed economic boost. First off, recent history demonstrates that the in-state political fallout isn't as potentially ominous as first meets the eye. Consider that 16 Republican governors have already expanded Medicaid in their states. That they were probably part of the reason that a fair number of GOP reps in Congress couldn't get behind Trump's rush to destroy ACA is one thing. That Vice-President Pence, when he was Governor of Indiana, expanded Medicaid for his state is another. Indiana's decision should make it pretty clear to recalcitrant Republicans here in South Dakota that expansion has some tangible benefits.
Those benefits are twofold. The general consensus is that about 50,000 South Dakotans will become eligible for Medicaid benefits under Daugaard's expansion plan, which in the governor's words last year had the support of "80 hospitals and clinics, as well as 50 other organizations in South Dakota." There's no organized opposition that I can find coming from the healthcare industry
|A Great Deal For SD|
Too Good To Pass Up