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Koch Brothers Lie About Medicaid Expansion’s Impact on South Dakota Budget

Speaking of rich guys lying to usPat Powers trumpets his sponsors the Koch brothers’ latest video trying to keep South Dakota from saving lives and saving money by expanding Medicaid:

And when the federal money dries up—there’s the fundamental lie of the ad. When—I invite Pat and the Koch Brothers and everyone else out there to tell me when in the last 50 years the money for Medicaid has dried up.

I’m waiting.

Show me an instance in the 50 years of Medicaid’s existence when Congress and the President have said, “Surprise! States, you’re funding Medicaid on your own this year!”

I’m still waiting.

As we wait, I note that the only Washington folks I’ve seen who have threatened to break the Medicaid promise appear to be Paul Ryan and other Republicans whom the Koch brothers like.

Ancillarily hilarious is AFP’s claim to be concerned that they are worried about cuts to funding for public education. Ha! The Kochs want cuts to public education so they can privatize the education system.

We managed not to be fooled by Big Loan Shark Money on the payday lenders’ bill yesterday; let’s not be fooled by Big Koch Money on Medicaid expansion. Medicaid isn’t going away… at least not as long as we stop the Koch brothers from buying Congress. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Medicaid/Indian Health Service plan swap is unnecessarily complicated, but it saves South Dakota $158 million over the first five years. We can fund a fair amount of teacher pay and pothole-patch with that money.

Americans for Prosperity is lying to us. Ignore them and support real prosperity for all South Dakotans.


  1. Jerry Sweeney 2016-02-25 09:01

    I shall warrant the Brothers Koch are not interested in “buying Congress”, so long as the bigger profits come from adding states to their portfolio.

  2. Mark Winegar 2016-02-25 10:13

    Don’t be fooled. The only danger to Medicaid are the Koch Brothers and their friends in the GOP.

  3. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-02-26 07:44

    Bernie Sanders is our best choice to stand against the corporate fascists who want to unravel our social contract, our ability to take care of one another and protect ourselves against corporate power.

  4. Donal 2016-02-26 17:23

    FEEL THE BERN…………Bernie is our best chance to chase the Snakes out of Government… Modern Day St Patrick

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