Good Move from Governor Daugaard on Obamacare.

The Department Secretary of Social Services, Deb Bowman, sent out a message to myself and other legislators this morning announcing changes Governor Daugaard is making with how South Dakota is addressing health care mandates from the Federal Government.

Governor Daugaard plans to announce his decision today regarding the federal requirement that every state have a Health Insurance Exchange operating by 2014.  The governor asked that I send this email to you in advance of the public announcement along with the attached press release.

Federal regulations require each governor or his/her designee to submit to the federal government his/her decision regarding whether a state will operate an exchange or the federal government can operate and fund it.  As you know, hundreds of hours of research and analysis has been done on this issue by state staff, key stakeholders (including legislative representatives) and experts in this area trying to determine what is best for South Dakota. After careful consideration the governor had decided the following:

1)       Operating an exchange is too expensive – An independent consultant has estimated it will cost between $6.2 million to $7.7 million per year in annual ongoing costs for South Dakota to operate a state run exchange.  That means a cost of $2 – $3 per member per month.  State operated exchanges must be self-supporting by 2015 which means we would have to either charge a fee for South Dakotans using the exchange or increase taxes.  The governor doesn’t like either option as he opposes raising taxes on our citizens.

2)      The governor will protect South Dakotans by keeping control of health insurance regulation – The health law does allow states to regulate insurance on federal exchanges and the governor will take advantage of that option.  South Dakota has a healthy insurance market that must be protected and Governor Daugaard will not cede control over our insurance markets to the federal government.

3)      The governor remains opposed to the federal health care law – Governor Daugaard remains opposed to the health care law because it fails to address the number one problem in health care and that is the rising costs. The governor hopes the law is repealed but until then we will abide by federal law and we will protect our insurance market in case the law isn’t repealed.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at 605.773.xxxx (redacted – DL) and I will get you connected with the right person on our team.  Thanks so much,


This is a great preemptive move by our Governor to move South Dakota away from Obamacare, while at the same time recognizing the need to preserve state’s rights, and South Dakota’s control of health insurance regulation.  $6.2 million to $7.7 million per year in annual ongoing costs is not a cost South Dakotans should have to bear for Washington’s social engineering experiments. We will control what we can, and in this case, we’re drawing a line in the sand.

A few points to keep in mind, why Governor Daugaard is doing this. First and foremost, the Governor will protect South Dakotans by keeping control of health insurance regulation. States are allowed to regulate insurance on federal exchanges, and we have a healthy insurance market that must be protected. South Dakota citizens and companies should not be subjected to unnecessary regulation by the federal government, and as mentioned, the state will not cede control over our insurance markets to the federal government. If the federal government wants it, they can pay for it. But we’re going to manage South Dakota health care for South Dakotans.

Both myself and the Governor strongly oppose the President’s health law, because it fails to address the number one problem facing our health care system, rising costs. The Governor and I both hope the law is repealed by the next President and Congress, but in case it isn’t, ee must be prepared to protect our insurance market in case the law isn’t repealed.

The Governor is going to keep fighting the good fight, and so am I. We need less government, not more, especially coming out of Washington.


    • Glenn Freeman on September 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm
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    From what I know of law, regulations at the state level have to be as severe or more stringent as at the national level. Plus, under contract law at the last legislative moment exerting substantial force Daugaard accepted the federal funds to implement ObamaCare and money crossed hands. Seems to me the deal has been made and the contract closed. You can check my pro se law experience in Terminal Grain v. Freeman in NW 2nd. A contract law suit decided in the SD Supreme Court.
    The governor tries to picture himself as a “conservative” but he consistently supports RINO’s who will vote to take every federal $ they can get. I have had it with Republicans who actively campaign against conservatives using the Governor’s Office. Stace Nelson and Lance Russell – true conservatives who have been denied the right to be on committees and in the Republican caucus.
    When are folks going to figure out that very seldom does someone get out of one of those diploma mills, such as Vermillion, and retain any truly conservative beliefs? They have been consistenty liberals with merely good words for conservative causes and little action in that direction. They all work to assure that the federal $ stops here and could care less about what rights South Dakotans have to surrender. Hard to tell many of their actions from those of a left wing Democrat.
    If the Republicans had any intestinal fortitude at all they would let Independents vote in the primaries. I think there would be a mass exodus of conservatives.

    Glenn Freeman, escapee from the Pierre, House 1979-1982

    • Hank Greenberg on May 12, 2013 at 7:04 am
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    You will follow the regulations at some point in the future.

    On that you can rely.

    Hank Greenberg
    EON Media Productions

    (Presently filming in Ziebach County)

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