While Governor Kristi Noem fabricates a crisis out of protests that haven’t happened yet, a Huron nursing home is closing. The 36 residents who will lose their place to live by May 10 and the 45 workers who will lose their jobs do more clear and present economic damage than anything Governor Noem has substantiated about someday-maybe Keystone XL pipeline protests.
And this nursing home closure isn’t George Soros’s fault; it’s Kristi’s fault, and the fault of legislators who have taken no action:
In a press release, the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home’s board of directors said that the cost of resident care has greatly exceeded the state reimbursement under the state’s medicaid program that many of its residents relied on.
…”This news does not exist in isolation. Many facilities like ours are struggling in South Dakota and elsewhere,” the memorial home’s statement said. “Our seniors need — and deserve — quality care that provides dignity and comfort, but the programs many older people rely on do not cover the cost of that care. Our hope is that our elected officials will find in this announcement common cause to address this problem for the benefit of our state and its residents.”
The South Dakota Health Care Association distributed the news to outlets around the state, and said it’s the sixth nursing home closure in the last three years.
“We are in the midst of a long term care funding crisis,” SDHCA Executive Director Mark. B. Deak said. “For years, Medicaid has not been properly funded and we are unfortunately now seeing the consequences. It is critical that the legislature and governor act urgently to address this crisis” [“Huron Nursing Home to Close After 59 Years,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2019.03.07].
Tyrant Noem and her Legislative stooges can pass a fake-emergency bill to please a corporate fascist pipeline builder in less than 72 hours. But they can’t muster any such ambition to rescue South Dakota’s old folks and their care providers from a real and long-standing financial crisis.
Maybe old folks should occupy the Governor’s mansion. Surely Governor Noem can find room.