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Johnson Works with Democrat to Ensure Socialist Vaccines for Old Folks

My Congressman Dusty Johnson has not yet joined 106 of his seditious Republican colleagues who are joining Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and other legal idiots who are asking the Supreme Court to steal the election for Donald Trump. Instead, Representative Johnson is focusing on practical calls for more socialism in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, our man Dusty is working with Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia to promote the SAVE (Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally) for Seniors Act, a measure to clarify that Medicare should make coronavirus vaccines free for old folks:

The SAVE for Seniors Act would clarify that Medicare must cover – without cost-sharing – a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, just as it would do for one licensed under the Public Health Service Act. By closing this loophole, the legislation ensures that seniors are not the only group who must pay out-of-pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly all private insurers have committed to covering a COVID-19 vaccination for free, and Medicaid is required to do so at no cost [Rep. Dusty Johnson, joint press release with Rep. Abigail Spanberger, 2020.12.08].

Johnson and Spanberger have a fine idea, ensuring that capitalism does not concentrate vital health care among the rich and kill old folks. Spanberger introduced this no-brainer on October 16. It’s been referred to House Ways and Means, but it appears no action has taken place. The House has gone home for a long weekend while the Senate Majority Leader continues to block broader coronavirus relief.

The Trump Administration did approve an emergency rule change a week before the election to cover vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use. For the moment, the SAVE for Seniors Act may thus be unnecessary. However, if the Trump Administration has taught us anything, it is vital that we right good ideas down into law rather than leaving them to the whims of a tyrannical and unhingedly self-serving Executive Branch.


  1. mike livingston 2020-12-11 17:21

    Good for you Dusty and Abigail, it is shocking to hear about a bipartisan effort to help the citizens.

  2. Mark Anderson 2020-12-11 20:33

    You know Cory, everyone should watch the movie Northern Lights about the founding of the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota. Its a winner. All those who hate socialism should watch it and see it put in place by their ancestors. They still use the banking system they set up in North Dakota.

  3. SD is 20 per cent nonwhite 2020-12-12 08:03

    Nonpartisan League movie can be a game changer for all of us in South Dakota. I’d like to see it.

    Off topic a little. Why. Is Amazon and Zappos so successful? A little thing called customer centric , customer service.

    You may argue that politics is not customer service. I’ll leave you alone with your argument.

    Imagine. Imagine if you were the head of the Democratic, Green or Nonpartisan League Party, and you wanted to deliver Great customer service to All South Dakotans. What would that be? What would that look like?

    It would be 7 day a week service, no holidays. Cheerful, listening centered, positive customer experience.

    Customer service means delivering 7 days a week!

    I have sent an email to a prior chair of Democratic Party and received no response.

    Building a vision! That’s where it’s at!

    Amazon started with one guy and his wife and 300K of his family’s money as capital. Now it is everywhere!

    We can be everywhere in South Dakota.

    You may say, hey, we don’t have the votes.

    We have two options: Complain or Build.

    Let’s build. A state bank? Yes! We can do more, always more!

    Here’s the secret sauce: Customer service. Read Tony Hsieh’s book on Delivering Happiness. Read How and why Amazon delivers.

    We have to think bigger. How about 80 seat perma majority (one or even a 2 Party coalition) in the Legislature? 20 Senators and 60 House? Is it on the menu? CAn we deliver it Door Dash style? Does the Democratic Party even have a menu?

    Denny Sanford has 2 1/2 billion dollars in his portfolio. That’s a lot of money. But divide that by 885,000 people. That’s $2825 per man, woman and child in South Dakota. That is achievable, $2825.

    It’s not the number of conservative voters or that rich people vote Republican.

    It is simply, do we have an organization that really really wants to deliver happiness and change, and is very hungry to do that?

    There are so many great things we CAN do.

    Do we have the hunger to build it and HAVE it for everyone?

    We can.

    Customer Service can deliver it, absolutely.

  4. jerry 2020-12-13 20:42

    Rep. AOC: “All these Republicans and all these folks who were anti-shutdown are the same people who weren’t wearing masks who forced us to shut down in the first place.” True that Representative AOC. I would like you and Johnson to work together to make some things happen for this country, it’s long past time.

  5. grudznick 2020-12-13 20:56

    Mr. jerry, government should not be competing with private business. A state bank. grudznick laughs at the unlikelyhood that could get any ground. Even Mr. Nesiba, resting from his covid-spreading-spree, would balk at such a law-bill.

  6. jerry 2020-12-13 23:49

    History eludes you Mr. grudznick, state banks work I am old enough to know the Postal Banks that were available for underserved communities years ago. Both have a place as the Postal Banks are in dire need now. During the Depression, North Dakota State Bank was the envy of the 48 states at the time, as it didn’t fail.

  7. VicE 2020-12-14 06:57

    Dusty…you do remember just a week or so ago when our governor slammed “we’re the government and we are here to help”? .. You remember that right? . And now you want to do what?

    That line of thought will get you removed from the Governor’s Christmas card list you know!

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