Do you think you’re safe from Noem/Trumpcare just because you get your health insurance from your employer and thus haven’t had to deal with the Affordable Care Act marketplace to get individual coverage? Think again. Kristi Noem voted last week for a plan that could cause your employer-based coverage to fail the Jimmy Kimmel test:
Under the House bill, large employers could choose the benefit requirements from any state—including those that are allowed to lower their benchmarks under a waiver, health analysts said. By choosing a waiver state, employers looking to lower their costs could impose lifetime limits and eliminate the out-of-pocket cost cap from their plans under the GOP legislation [Stephanie Armour and Michelle Hackman, “GOP Health Bill Jeopardizes Out-of-Pocket Caps in Employer Plans,” Wall Street Journal, 2017.05.04].
Wow—so not only does Noem/Trumpcare make life worse for self-insured folks who got affordable coverage thanks to the ACA, but it also goes after the much larger class of employees who’ve counted on their job-based plans to protect themselves and their families.
I’m telling you: smart Democrats can construct entire campaigns around this single issue, the GOP’s mad support for this completely destructive health care plan. Run to go to Congress and fight Trump’s self-serving tax cuts. Run to keep Kristi Noem out of the Governor’s office. Run for Legislature to block any gubernatorial attempt to enact any of the terrible provisions that Daugaard thinks deserve consideration. Run on the simple promise to protect everyone’s health insurance—everyone’s! employees, self-employed, kids, women, older workers—from the Republican effort to take it away.