Governor Dennis Daugaard says the Medicaid math works:
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he’s convinced South Dakota can expand Medicaid without adding to state spending, but now he must weigh its chances in the Republican-held Legislature.
The GOP governor said Tuesday that if the plan appears politically viable, he would like to call a special legislative session in June or July [“Daugaard: Medicaid Expansion Math Works; Let’s Talk Politics,” AP via KSFY, 2016.05.31].
This fits what we heard last month about the Governor finding more money than expected available to fund the complicated IHS/Medicaid funding switch. Of course, Governor Daugaard will probably need some of that money to get South Dakota out of dutch with the Justice Department over our nursing home/ADA violations.
In response to the increased possibility that the Governor will call the Legislature into a post-primary special session to implement this last element of the Affordable Care Act, Florida-based, ALEC-connected conservative group Foundation for Government Accountability is joining Koch-backed Americans for (1%) Prosperity in spending money to discourage legislators from supporting Medicaid expansion. FGA thinks we should privatize Medicaid and rely on volunteers for health care. FGA also supports ineffective conservative dog-whistle policies like testing welfare recipients for drugs.
Spend money to keep South Dakotans from enjoying better access to health care, federal stimulus, and jobs—like John Thune, these conservatives are more interested in clinging to their Obama-noia fundraising model than in enacting effective policy for South Dakota.
If you really want to hold your government accountable, contact them and tell them to use our resources to make health care available to more South Dakotans.