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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:53 PM

Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota Governor, Rejects Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Source: The Huffington Post | By Jeffrey Young

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) opposes providing health benefits to more than 40,000 "able-bodied" poor people by expanding the state's Medicaid program under President Barack Obama's health care reform law, he told legislators Tuesday.

Obama's health care law seeks to provide health care coverage to as many as 17 million uninsured people who earn up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $14,856 for a single person this year, by 2022. But when the Supreme Court upheld the law in June, it allowed states to opt out of expanding Medicaid. Including South Dakota, nine states with Republican governors have announced they wouldn't offer health benefits to poor people who would qualify.

Daugaard objected to adding healthy, poor adults to Medicaid in an address to the state legislature Tuesday. "I want to stress that: these are able-bodied adults. They're not disabled; we already cover the disabled. They're not children; we already cover children. These are adults -- all of them," said Daugaard, Yankton, S.D.-based WNAX radio reported.

Expanding Medicaid would provide 44,000 South Dakotans with health coverage under the new rules ....

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/dennis-daugaard-obamacare-rejects-medicaid_n_2244970.html



They want to lose elections, right?

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kaspar411 Dec 2012 #2
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Ezlivin Dec 2012 #4
eggplant Dec 2012 #5
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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:57 PM

1. Kings?

So when did a state governor get the power of a King over citizens? Like usual, the crocodile tears from right-wingnuts about government overreach is because they practice it themselves.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:04 PM

2. Health Care Is For Rich People Only

 

If You Want Health Care Move To Europe!!!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:16 PM

3. You can be "able bodied" and still not be able to afford

health care or get insurance, you fucking asshole. I used to live and work in SD, there are a lot of people there who need this sort of help. It's a very low-wage state.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:31 PM

4. "Able-bodied Poor" + Republican Intransigence = Disabled Poor

Political math in South Dakota.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:53 PM

5. Their logic is completely fucked.

If they really are healthy, the cost of keeping them that way isn't a lot of money. Certainly less than what is would cost the state *after* they stop being healthy from a lack of healthcare.

Stupid fucking ideologues.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:12 PM

7. So they will go to emergency rooms instead.

This is short-sighted. I hope the federal government fully punishes states that resist this expansion of benefits.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:20 PM

8. "Screw the poor!"

That's what he really is saying.

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