Obamacare

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s United States Senators say their health care plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. Thursday Senate Republicans released a draft of the highly-anticipated health care overhaul bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the Better Care Reconciliation Act is more moderate than the US House health care overhaul bill. He says it's a draft until the congressional budget office scores the bill.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Dakota Midday: Election's Impact On Supreme Court

Nov 9, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Dakota Midday welcomes Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls to discuss the implications of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court.

Tribal Health Board CEO: Repeal Of ACA Hurts Tribes

Dec 2, 2015
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board

U.S. Senator John Thune says he’s in favor of an effort to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act now making its way through congress. The move fulfills a promise made by many in the GOP to see the act removed.   But, President Obama is expected to veto any repeal effort.    

Some in South Dakota worry repealing the act would hurt Native Americans and those in the state who lack adequate health care coverage.

Thune says the Affordable Care Act has failed.   He supports repealing a number of provisions within the act.

Failing To Comply With ACA Can Hurt

Sep 13, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is in full swing.   The act mandates insurance coverage for individuals either through their employer or a government insurance program.
 
But this year penalties for non-compliance with the act are increasing for both businesses and individuals.   
The penalties for missing a form or failing to show proper insurance coverage can result in significant fines for businesses over 50 employees,  but they can also impact non-profit organizations and even government agencies.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

During their first debate, candidates for South Dakota’s only seat in the US House of Representatives clash over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and the Affordable Care Act. They answer audience questions for an hour Tuesday at Dakota Fest in Mitchell.

South Dakota Joins ACA Challenge

May 16, 2014

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 19 other Attorneys General in filing suit to stop the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  The states contend the nation’s health plan violates the Origination Clause of the Constitution—that requires that all tax bills begin in the House of Representatives.  Jackley says he feels the Attorneys General have a good chance to win the challenge.

Lora Hubbel For Governor

May 12, 2014

Former state legislator Lora Hubbel is running for the Republican nomination for governor against incumbent Dennis Daugaard.  Hubbel opposes the Common Core education standards.  She also wants to change how the state economic development office operates and hopes to stop the Affordable Care Act.  In her campaign announcement last fall, she said Governor Daugaard is too cozy with big health care and big insurance.  If elected, Hubbel said she would end what she sees as nepotism in state government between its officials and big business.  Hubbel is a Sioux Falls resident and served in the St

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Apr 15, 2014
Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

Jason Ravnsborg For Senate

Apr 1, 2014

First-time candidate Jason Ravnsborg wants to be known as a statesman and not a politician.  In his December campaign announcement, Ravnsborg said he was answering the call from the citizens of South Dakota to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson.  Ravnsborg, a Yankton lawyer and a Major in the U.S.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is urging congress to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act. Proponents of House Concurrent Resolution 1028 say it’s important for the national government to know, South Dakota lawmakers do not agree or support the legislation known as Obamacare. Opponents like Democratic State Representative Bernie Hunhoff say the resolution is a waste of time because there is little chance of seeing the Affordable Care Act overturned.

History Of The State Of The Union

Jan 28, 2014
NPR

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He's expected to discuss income inequality, immigration reform, health care and Afghanistan and Iran in his fifth State of the Union speech.  The Constitution requires a yearly State of the Union message, but doesn't mandate the president deliver it verbally.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the modern tradition by delivering his first report to Congress as a speech in 1934.  Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Government and International Affairs/Political Science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the

Medicaid Expansion Debate Set For Pierre

Jan 17, 2014

Lawmakers in Pierre are grappling with the idea of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
 
Those in favor of expansion say it would be foolish for South Dakota to turn down the federal government’s offer to give Health Coverage to about 48-thousand South Dakota residents who could otherwise not afford it.   
 
But as SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports opponents say they don’t trust the Federal Government’s ability to follow-through for the long term and don’t want South Dakota stuck with the bill.

Government Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

Emily Wanless is an assistant professor of government and international affairs/political science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

Daugaard: No Insurance Exchange

Jan 18, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard is reaffirming his decision to keep South Dakota out of an insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.