Two podcasts in a row? Don’t get used to it—audio still takes more time to edit than text and links!
Last week I pulled a few distressing figures from a new report by Dakotans for Health showing how many South Dakotans will see their access to health care become much more precarious if Marty Jackley and other anti-Obama (still? really, guys? can you not let it go?) Republicans tear up the Affordable Care Act. Saturday, Dakotans for Health founding member Adam Weiland met me for a deeper conversation about what his group is fighting for. We spoke about the Dark Ages—i.e., the days before the ACA, when Americans were one illness or one pregnancy away from becoming uninsurable—to which Republicans like Jackley and Trump would return us with anti-ACA lawsuits, junk insurance, and other senseless policy destruction.
We chatted over breakfast at the Blarney Stone Pub in downtown Sioux Falls, thus the background noise. Breakfast comes with a free trip through the bloody Mary bar; if you’re health-conscious or clock conscious (reminder: this is breakfast), you can just get straight veggie juice. I took ginger ale.
The big takeaway: nobody wins from killing the Affordable Care Act, not South Dakotans with pre-existing conditions, not young people, not sick people, not folks not quite of retirement/Medicare age, not even the insurance companies, who benefit from having more policyholders spreading out the risk.