Cornoavirus is apparently infecting good Republicans with socialist notions. Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging low-income South Dakotans to go get some free health care:
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said South Dakotans without health insurance won’t have to pay for coronavirus tests.
“They have the ability to go through federally-approved providers in their communities, go through the protocols, and get tests free of charge,” Noem said at a press conference Thursday.
The governor encouraged South Dakotans to get more information on the virus at covid.sd.gov or by calling 1-800-997-2880 [Carter Woodiel, “Noem Says Uninsured Can Get Coronavirus Tests for Free,” KELO Radio, 2020.03.12].
Well, it’s not quite care, just the test to see how much more care folks may need, but it’s a start.
The Republican White House is also lurching toward some more socialism. Realizing Il Duce’s bumbling, market-deflating response to the current public health crisis could lose it some votes (if by no other means than by killing off older Trumpist voters), someone in the White House appears to be persuading Donald Trump to declare a national emergency (which, if Obama had done, would have been decried as a prelude to martial law and hauling opponents off to quarantine camps) to release over $42 billion in aid to the states to help pay for “emergency workers, medical tests, medical supplies, vaccinations, security for medical facilities, and more.”
Noem and Trump are both saying, “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” Reagan would say be scared…. but I say don’t be afraid of a community response to a community problem. Just hope the knuckleheads at the top stay out of the way and let scientists and health experts solve the problem. And then, after we’ve properly addressed this crisis, go vote for non-knuckleheads to replace our current flailing leaders… because this public health crisis shows the vital importance of having intelligent, caring leaders in charge of our state and nation.