Applying Conzet’s wait-and-see principle, let’s take a look at Colorado’s results since Medicaid was expanded there in 2014. The results are in and they’re good. A study that was conducted by the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University found, among other gains: because of Medicaid expansion a full percentage point has been to the state’s GDP, household incomes have increased by more than 600 bucks/yr, and that the state’s general fund will incur no increased expenses associated with Medicaid expansion. The authors of the CSU study conclude that “in addition to providing health insurance to nearly 400,000 Coloradons, expanding Medicaid has proven to be a fiscally sound decision.” Looking farther afield, Ohio expanded Medicaid under Republican Governor John Kasich, also with positive results, including a $2.5 billion economic boost, vastly improved healthcare and a significant reduction in uninsured residents [John Tsitrian, “SD Rep Conzet Wants Us to Wait and See…,” The Constant Commoner, 2016.03.14].
Ohio—that’s the state that had the good sense to pick John Kasich over Donald Trump last night (though not by a majority, in Kasich’s home state… hmm…). How much longer must we wait, Rep. Conzet? How much more must we see before we accept that providing more South Dakotans with the financial security of reliable health insurance is good for all South Dakotans?