The SDGOP spin blog is oh-so proud of Dennis Daugaard for being the fifth most popular governor in the country. Too bad Governor Daugaard can’t work up the courage to use that popularity the way four of his fellow top-tenners are to promote bipartisan health care reform:
Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix out unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans [Governors’ statement on U.S. Senate health care bill, tweeted by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, 2017.07.18].
Signers include five Republicans, five Democrats, and one independent. Ten of the eleven signers govern states that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA.
Governor Daugaard spent yesterday declaring Brookings Capital for a Day. Governor Daugaard has not yet commented publicly on his response to the medicine show Trump officials put on at the National Governors Association meeting, a Newspeak extravaganza that went over with most governors like a lead balloon.