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South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard thanked the Airmen of Ellsworth Air Force Base, past and present, for the vital role they have played in our nation’ defense, during a 70th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in Rapid City, S.D., May 19, 2012
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard
South Dakota is among the "hell no" states when it comes to Obamacare. No state-established insurance exchange and surely no Medicaid expansion. They don't want no stinking federal aid to help more people have health insurance. To be clear, though, that's the legislature and the governor talking. Not the people.
Despite a poll showing a majority of South Dakotans favor Medicaid expansion, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office said Wednesday he has no plans to introduce legislation to expand health care in the state.

In a survey released earlier this week by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, 63 percent of 400 state residents favored Medicaid expansion while 31 percent opposed it.

The others polled had no opinion. Republican pollster Glen Bolger conducted the poll for Alexandria, Va.-based research firm Public Opinion Strategies. The poll's margin of error is 4.9 percent.

Yes, that's a small sample size, but it's still a pretty astounding result in such a conservative state. But South Dakota has about 48,000 people who are uninsured, also quite a lot for a small state. Medicaid expansion would save about 25,000 from falling through the Medicaid gap their governor has created, and bring about $57 million to the state this year.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:45 PM PST.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (47+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:45:17 PM PST

  •  Will the cry of the people be heard? (5+ / 0-)

    I say yes if the S Dakotans holler and scream pointing to other states that have medicaid expansion benefits they too could have without heavy financial costs attached.

    These folks need to be sensitized as to just how much they are missing out.
    If there is a Dem party, grass roots orgs and prominent folks who can put this issue front and center, the GOPer neanderthals will be pulled towards their direction.

    •  Uh... we've been crying our asses off... (4+ / 0-)
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      myboo, Sue B, 417els, Aquarius40

      ...er... FREEZING our asses off here in Alaska waiting for Parnell to allow Medicaid expansion.. but NOOO....

      "Obamacare is a hot mess" or something. Because... OBAMACARE!

      Despite the non-partisan report he himself commissioned but he now refuses to release. Leaks of the Lewin report show the state would save millions, create THOUSANDS of jobs, and relieve the taxpayers of a huge burden, improve infrastructure, find the One Ring, return balance to the Force... etc, etc... "Would be foolish to turn down..." etc... (one of those last 3 is true!)

      And this was back in mid-November. Where have YOU been?

      The majority of the people want it. The Republicans who own everything up here don't.

      Money talks, no matter HOW badly it screws the public.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:35:07 PM PST

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    •  People here have been (1+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40

      screaming since it started, Daugaard is a dedicated republican and will not stray from republican policy, no matter what we say. The entire state government here is ran by republicans and has been for at least the 27 years I have lived here. He was just bragging the other day about how well off SD is, pro business laws, lowest wages in the country, lowest unemployment rate in the country. Walmart is considered a well paying job here. He says they know whats best for us. Fails to understand that the reason why unemployment here is so low, we all work at least two minimum wage jobs just to keep roofs over our heads, all the while those business people get rich on our backs. Funny thing is, people here have been getting bent over by republican policy for years, but they keep voting them in. Only the native american population vote democrat here and they are in the process of making voting on the reservation more difficult to eliminate that problem. Even the ongoing cover-up of misappropriation of funds to save the Rounds run for Tim Johnson's senate seat won't get them to quit voting republican. You can't go any where here where a TV is on and not see Fox News. South Dakota is the perfect example of mass brainwashing, look here to see republican policy in action. I would move if I could afford it, must go, job number two calls.

      If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

      by RepresentUsPlease on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 05:10:05 AM PST

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    •  who elected him? (0+ / 0-)

      They elected him now they have to live with him. karma thing.

  •  U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland (D. SD) has (6+ / 0-)

    been campaigning on Medicaid Expansion and has even called for improving the ACA with the public option.  Hopefully Daugaard now gave Weiland a little more push for his campaign against Daugaard's old boss Mike Rounds (R. SD).

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 05:52:56 PM PST

    •  I like everything (3+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26, vikingobsessed, marykk

      I have heard from the Weiland camp, only way he stands a chance in hell is if they find a way to expose Rounds in the EB-5 scandal and get the AG to release his investigation of the Benda "suicide". People are finding it hard to believe Benda propped a shotgun in a tree and used a stick to push the trigger and blow himself in half.

      If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

      by RepresentUsPlease on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 05:22:21 AM PST

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  •  Yeah, seems like the gov and legislators (6+ / 0-)

    forget that the people put them there and tell what to do, not the other way around

    South Dakota is among the "hell no" states when it comes to Obamacare. No state-established insurance exchange and surely no Medicaid expansion. They don't want no stinking federal aid to help more people have health insurance. To be clear, though, that's the legislature and the governor talking. Not the people.
  •  I'm glad that (6+ / 0-)

    Congress allowed the states to decide their own participation.  I didn't follow the ACA thing closely, but I'll bet the repubs who wanted the state choice thought it would work in the repubs' favor.  Now I think this feature is going to seriously bite them in the butt.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 08:05:56 PM PST

    •  Should have required all states... (0+ / 0-)

      to have healthcare.org websites with medicaid expansion.
      Those that don't get NADA. Very unfair to poor folks the way set up.

      •  It's downright immoral. (1+ / 0-)
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        Notreadytobenice

        I really don't recall how much this issue was debated during the passage of ACA, or if it would have affected its passage or not.

        But it certainly brings into stark relief the differences between dems and repubs, especially since the dems are just as beholden to big money as the repubs are.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:39:25 AM PST

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      •  SCOTUS (1+ / 0-)
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        Jodster

        This Medicaid mess was created by SCOTUS novel idea that states could stay in "original" Medicaid without expanding because gee that is what they had gotten used to.  It is basically a nullification holding, that lets states ignore modifications of federal statutes if they "got used" to the original!
        I do not think there is any way White House and Dems could have foreseen that outcome, since nullification was rejected over 150 years ago.
        OTOH they could have avoided all the disastrous outcomes, bad legal precedent, etc if they had simply let everyone enroll in Medicare.  No need to mandate private coverage, no need to regulate or subsidize insurers, no fight over contraception (and who can believe that is going on!), etc, etc etc.
        But too "difficult" politically to make the argument to expand the most popular federal program ever.

    •  And hopefully a watershed (1+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26

      of GOP governors ... preferably in barrels.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 10:36:48 PM PST

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  •  Well, at least this governor has eyes (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, divineorder

    …that are not roaming like Terri Schiavo's. Did you see the eyes of the Maine governor on the Front Page, today

    ::: BRAINZZZZ! :::

    •  Terri Schiavo? From her wiki: (0+ / 0-)
      The Terri Schiavo case was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1990 to 2005. The issue was whether to carry out the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo to terminate life support for her. Terri was diagnosed by doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state. The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents and by state and federal legislative intervention effected a seven-year delay before life support finally was terminated.
      •  I think the reference has to do (2+ / 0-)
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        marykk, Notreadytobenice

        with Sen. Frist "diagnosing" her as not brain dead because her eyes seemed to track a balloon in a cheap video. Of course, it turned out have her brain had atrophied and she was blind at the time . . .

        And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

        by Pale Jenova on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:42:18 AM PST

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  •  I suspect that, as word gets out (4+ / 0-)

    about coverage that's available in the "blue" states, we'll see a similar pattern in other red states.

    People are being denied insurance coverage that could easily be provided -- how long will they put up with that?

  •  Seriously? (4+ / 0-)

    There is a Republican polling firm called P.O.S.? That's so great.

  •  My guess (1+ / 0-)
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    Notreadytobenice

    is that its harder for most poor/check-to-check/former middle class people to vote in that state, unlike the state I am in now (Nevada). NV is a no income tax state ("business and 1% friendly) but the majority of regular folks live in Vegas and vote, and it gets more blue all the time. Alot of the Republicans out here are a bit less tea party/fundy stupid, and see the money angle. They are not like many born and raised "biblical values" mid-westerners.

  •  jump ball. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26

    Wondering; is it possible for a citizens initiative petition to force the legislature to expand Medicaid.  Either thru initiative dictate or a initiative State Constitutional change.  

    I have no idea if it's possible. Or timeline. Anyone want to educate me.

    It strikes me that it would be fairly inexpensive option for this in that state, if it's possible.

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:29:24 PM PST

  •  The dumbing down (0+ / 0-)

    of South Dakota continues. Daugaard insists we are in good shape, this article in todays paper says otherwise for teachers here, and the rest of us are about the same.

    http://rapidcityjournal.com/...

    If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

    by RepresentUsPlease on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 06:22:55 AM PST

  •  Say, what is it with these Republican (0+ / 0-)

    politicians that don't want to do what they're voted into office for?

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 06:58:16 AM PST

  •  Thrown under the bus if u don't vote Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    vikingobsessed, Aquarius40

    Well, you need to understand the basic political thought in South Dakota.  The vast majority of the 25,000 people that are falling through the Medicaid gap will never vote Republican anyhow!  Republicans can afford to throw people under the bus because they have nothing to gain by helping them.  In fact if any Republican legislator tried to help these 25,000 people the legislators themselves  would be the ones thrown under the bus by the Governor!  U.S. Rep. Kristi NOem and Sen. John Thune are from South Dakota.  Do you think in a second these two would care about or try to help the 48,000 people who are uninsured and 25,000 that are  falling through the Medicaid gap?  Bahahahaha!  If you believe that I have a bridge in New Jersey I will sell you.  No wait a minute....I can't sell that....Gov. Christie is still stranded on it!  

  •  Democrats can win in states like this (0+ / 0-)

    by running on this very issue.

    Because opposition to Medicaid expansion is, as Mother Jones puts it, the most depraved action in modern politics.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:40:29 AM PST

  •  SD People Are Going To Have To Get Out There (0+ / 0-)

    and protest.  Where is the democrats out there running against this man.  I believe that a real populist running in SD could win.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:55:05 AM PST

  •  The headline needs to be amended a bit: (0+ / 0-)

    "South Dakotans want Medicaid expansion, their governor tells them that they and their children are worthless pieces of shit"

    I've come up with a new acronym:  "KVR!"  "Keep Voting Republican!"  But since I don't know how to make the TM mark here, I'll have to quote Stephen Colbert:  "Trademark!"

    "One of the boss' hangers-on sometimes comes to call, at times you least expect. Tryin' to bully you, strongarm you, inspire you with fear--it has the opposite effect."--Bob Dylan, "Floater"

    by oldmaestro on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 05:39:14 PM PST

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