While Republicans strangle President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan in court, the Republican regime in South Dakota is happily taking Biden bucks to give some healthcare workers a break on their student loans:
The application period closes Wednesday, November 23, at 5 p.m. CT for South Dakota’s state loan repayment program. It offers bonuses of up to $25,000 per year to primary care, mental health and dental health providers who practice in the state’s many rural and urban Health Professional Shortage Areas.
The South Dakota Department of Health is receiving $503,000 yearly over three years for a total $1,509,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The funding came through the American Rescue Plan Act that Congress passed in 2021. South Dakota’s three Republicans — Rep. Dusty Johnson, Sen. Mike Rounds and Sen. John Thune — voted against the act [Bob Mercer, “Federal Bonuses Help SD Face Healthcare Shortage,” KELO-TV, 2022.11.17].
These Biden handouts are surely as much of a slap in the face to thousands of hard-working doctors and nurses who paid off their own student loans as the debt relief the USDA is giving to some parasitic South Dakota farmers. Yet South Dakota’s Republican Governor is taking no action to stop this affront to fiscal decency.
South Dakota Republicans need to take matters into their own hands and stage grassroots resistance to this creeping socialism. South Dakota Republicans, ask your doctor (and nurse, and pharmacist, and family therapist…) about student debt relief. If your doctor has taken any of these Biden bucks, pull your pants back up and march right out of the exam room. Go find yourself a reputable, self-reliant practitioner of the healing arts who takes not one penny of filthy government lucre.