Have you had a heart attack, or a broken arm, or a baby? Governor Dennis Daugaard wouldn’t mind making you pay more for health insurance, maybe so much that you can’t afford it:
Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday that he would consider allowing South Dakota to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions rules if a Republican repeal bill makes it through the Senate.
…The Republican governor said that many South Dakota residents have expressed a desire to keep the rules but might not realize the extent to which they can create a financial burden for the state.
“I think most citizens are probably not conscious of the cost so a responsible government has to weigh both sides,” Daugaard said. “We want to give as much benefit, particularly in health, as you can afford, but you have to be able to afford it” [Dana Ferguson, “Daugaard Would Consider Pre-Existing Condition Waiver,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2017.05.08].
Governor Daugaard acknowledges that “many” South Dakotans want to keep the ACA rules that prevent insurers from pricing folks with pre-existing conditions out of their insurance, but he dismisses that popular sentiment as ill-informed. The Governor here affirms the arrogance of South Dakota Republicans, who view any popular disagreement with their ideological agenda as error or ignorance that they can ignore.
Dennis Daugaard, Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, Donald Trump—they are the death panel.
If the Trump Congress offers waivers to states to do their dirty work against the Affordable Care Act for them, then it becomes more important than ever for South Dakota Democrats to field a passionate populist Democrat who will turn to South Dakotans and promise, “I will not take your health insurance away. I will not sign a Trumpcare waiver.”