TakeItBack.Org is working with Dakotans for Health (a Midwest think tank) to highlight the need to expand Medicaid here in South Dakota.

 

Our cousin state to the south, Nebraska, just passed a ballot measure last month to expand Medicaid, which is expected to provide healthcare insurance and services to an additional 90,000 Nebraskans.

In 2014, our cousin state to the north, North Dakota, with bipartisan support mind you, agreed to expand Medicaid as well, extending healthcare insurance and coverage to an additional 25,000 North Dakotans.

With 37 states, along with the District of Columbia, now part of the Medicaid expansion program of the Affordable Care Act – and with South Dakota becoming increasingly surrounded by states as red as ours who have moved forward with Medicaid expansion -- it seems that the time has come to let the voters decide whether or not they want to expand Medicaid and insure upwards of 55,000 of our fellow citizens access to healthcare.

 

THE ARGUMENTS TO EXPAND MEDICAID IN SOUTH DAKOTA ARE STUNNINGLY COMPELLING:

  • $2.1 billion in federal healthcare funding

  • $9.81 return for every $1.00 South Dakota contributes

  • $1.383 billion net to our state’s economy

  • Expanded coverage for 55,000 South Dakotans

  • 29,500 new jobs

  • Fewer hospital and nursing home closings

 

Expanding Medicaid is really a ‘no brainer’ if you set aside the politics and look at the numbers – something our legislature appears incapable of doing.  This shouldn’t be about politics – it should be people.

So now comes the hard part….

With the recent efforts by the South Dakota Legislature to make it more difficult to qualify a ballot initiative – and recently passed ballot measures that limit out of state financial support, your support is going to be critical if such an effort is to move ahead.

So it is important to let us know if you would support an effort to expand Medicaid in South Dakota by simply replying to this email– and if you can make a small contribution to help with some of the initial setup costs like legal fees, research, drafting – we would certainly appreciate the support by clicking on the button below and making a contribution.

Despites some of the recent polling showing that a super majority of South Dakotans (81% in one poll) support Medicaid expansion, this is going to be uphill fight – but with Medicaid expansion victories in Nebraska, Utah and Idaho this year, three very red states, we have an opportunity to help tens of thousands of South Dakotan who currently don’t have the healthcare coverage get the coverage they need.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Rick Weiland

Co-Founder

TakeItBack.Org

 

Links to press coverage 

High Plains Reader: They are passing around North Dakota like a warm bottle of gin

Fargo Forum: Dorgan "North Dakotans shouldn't be happy they outsourced their health care interest to some Texans,"

Grand Forks Herald: Former U.S. Senator is against North Dakota entering Texas v. U.S.

WDAZ: Dorgan says ND officials outsourced healthcare decisions to Texas

Dickinson Press: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem "outsourced" health decisions for North Dakota residents by joining a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

KVRR-TV: Former Senator Byron Dorgan Speaks Out against Healthcare Lawsuit

Prairie Public Radio: Dakotans for Health Opposes Texas V. U.S.

Jamestown Sun: Stenehjem "outsourced" health decisions for North Dakota residents by joining a Texas lawsuit

WDAY-TV: Former Senator Dorgan torches ACA lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: ND GOP officials outsourced North Dakotans healthcare to Texas

WDAY-Radio with Jay Thomas: Byron Dorgan talks healthcare and tariffs

KFYR-TV: lawsuit filed against Wayne Stenehjem

West Fargo Pioneer: Dorgan ND outsourced ND health decisions to Texas

Prairie Public (Main Street): Byron Dorgan on North Dakota’s ACA lawsuit

WDAY-Radio with Mike McFeely: Byron Dorgan and healthcare

KFGO: Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan: "Outsourcing North Dakota's healthcare interests" and trade remedies

KVLY-TV: Byron Dorgan and Chris Berg SCOTUS, TRADE, ND ACA Lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune LTE: Kevin Cramer Healthcare Blunder

Wahpeton Daily News: Dakotans for Health expands focus

KFGO: Groups asks judge to block Stenhjem ACA lawsuit

Grand Forks Herald: Group files suit to take ND out of Obamacare case

KFGO Radio with TX: Byron Dorgan on judiciary hearings, pre-existing conditions, ND ACA lawsuit

News Dakota: Senator Dorgan voices concern over ACA and trade wars

Bismarck Tribune: Cramer WRONG on healthcare

Jamestown Sun: Dorgan agrees, Doctor, consumer group ask judge to halt ACA lawsuit

West Fargo Pioneer: Dorgan agrees as doctor, consumer group ask judge to hald ACA lawsuit

Dickinson Press: Dorgan agrees as doctor, consumer group ask judge to halt ACA lawsuit

Fargo Forum: Dorgan agrees as doctor, consumer group ask judge to halt ACA lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: Dorgan agrees as doctor, consumer group ask judge to halt ACA lawsuit

Minot Daily News: Dorgan agrees as doctor, consumer group ask judge to halt ACA lawsuit

Minot Daily News: Dr. Kim Krohn LTE

Minot Daily News: Wakefield/Pomeroy health insurance at risk

Jamestown Sun: Rep. Grueniech LTE: Hedland on target with healthcare

Grand Forks Herald: Pomeroy/Wakefield keep ND healthcare out of TX courtroom

 

9.14.18 Press links

 

Forum: Commentary: Decisions about ND healthcare shouldn't be made in Texas

WDAY-Radio: Pomeroy, Wakefield and Dakotans for Health take on TX v. U.S.

Bismarck Tribune: Pre-ex LTE what happened to Kevin Cramer

Forum: Dr. Krohn LTE on support for ACA, Pre-Ex

Jamestown Sun: Shaw: Obamacare has been a lifesaver for North Dakota

Wahpeton Daily News: Heitkamp, Cramer spar on healthcare

Wahpeton Daily News: Pomeroy’ Trade, Texas v. U.S. dominate NDSEN

WDAY-Radio with Rob Port: Pomeroy, Wakefield on Texas v. U.S.

Minot Daily News: Dr. Kim Krohn LTE

Minot Daily News: Wakefield/Pomeroy health insurance at risk

Jamestown Sun: Rep. Grueniech LTE: Hedland on target with healthcare

 

9.7.18 Press links

 

Forum: Shaw: Obamacare a lifesaver

Jamestown Sun: Heitkamps abysmal record on healthcare

Minot Daily News: Basic care for ND vets in jeopardy

Bismarck Tribune: LTE More brave senators needed

Bismarck Tribune: LTE Pre-existing condition coverage needed

Jamestown Sun: LTE Free market essential for healthcare system

Grand Forks Herald: ND Insurance Commissioner Op-ed: Returning healthcare control to ND

Minot Daily News: Another health insurance option


 

8.31.18 Press links

 

Bismarck Tribune: Healthcare needs practical approach

Bismarck Tribune: Reason for silence on health plans

Jamestown Sun: Heitkamp not talking about uninsured statistic

Grand Forks Herald: Dr. Charles Christenson “ACA overturn disaster for ND”

Fargo Forum Op Ed: Johnson: ND Rural Health Association Head: N “ ND depends on ACA and Medicaid Expansion

 

8.24.18 Press links

 

ND Explains: Misleading claims at set the record straight conference

High Plains Reader: Cramer’s office threatens constituents

Grand Forks Herald: Stenejhem responds to Democrats over ACA lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: Cramer right on healthcare

Bismarck Tribune: ND Republicans, Democrats drill into healthcare

Jamestown Sun: ND Repubs, Dems drill into healthcare  

Grand Forks Herald: Cramer’s record is good on healthcare

Grand Forks Herald: ND Republicans, Democrats continue sparring on healthcare

West Fargo Pioneer: Rob Port: Heitkamp isn’t talking about Obamacare NOT improving uninsured problems

Dickinson Press: Cramer’s record on healthcare is good for North Dakota

Dickinson Press: ND Dems, Repubs continue sparring on healthcare

High Plains Reader: An enemy of the people (it’s not Heitkamp)  

 

8.17.18 Press Links

 

Grand Forks Herald: Mike Jacobs: Dems double down on ACA

KELO AM: Dakotans for Health Report says 65% of farmers have pre existing conditions

Dickinson Press: Heitkamp blasts North Dakota leaders in ACA lawsuit

Dakota Free Press: Adam Weiland and the fight to protect rural healthcare

NDExplains: what happens to Medicaid expansion if Stenejhem lawsuit is succesful?

Grand Forks Herald: ND Dems zero in on healthcare attacks

Grand Forks Herald: Stenejhem defends participation in ACA lawsuit

West Fargo Pioneer: Heitkamp blasts ND leaders for ACA lawsuit

NDExplains: ND Insurance Commissioner assisted Stenejhem lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: Senator condemns ACA lawsuit

Grand Forks Herald: Heitkamp’ no decision yet on Supreme Court pick

Grand Forks Herald: Heitkamp blasts state leaders for joining ACA lawsuit

Minot Daily News: Heitkamp meets with Supreme Court pick

Grand Forks Herald: ND Insurance Commissioner backs ACA lawsuit

Williston Herald: the importance of knowing your medical history

Dickinson Press: Democrats highlight healthcare as a campaign issue after Republican attacks

KSFY-TV: Group warns Dakotans with pre-existing conditions at risk

High Plains Reader: Native women oppose Kavanaugh nomination

West Fargo Pioneer: Heitkamp has wide ranging discussion on SCOTUS

West Fargo Pioneer: AG defends ACA lawsuit

NDExplains: who asked North Dakota part of Texas v U.S. lawsuit?

West Fargo Pioneer: ND Dems highlight lawsuit in healthcare attacks

West Fargo Pioneer: ND Insurance Commissioner backs AG in ACA suit

Dickinson Press: Heitkamp has wide ranging discussions with SCOTUS pick

Dickinson Press: Stenejhem defends ND in ACA lawsuit

KXMA: Heitkamp faces tough decision on SCOTUS

Dakota Free Press: lawsuit imperils coverage for hundreds of thousands of ND and SD residents

KSOO: Adam Weiland on protecting the ACA

KVRR-TV (1): North Dakota mothers meet with Heitkamp in DC

KVRR-TV (2): North Dakota mothers meet with Heitkamp in DC

Fargo Forum: Heitkamp has wide ranging chat on SCOTUS but no decision

Fargo Forum: Stenejhem again defends ACA lawsuit

Fargo Forum: Heitkamp blasts ACA lawsuit

Fargo Forum: Commentary: Stenejhem says ACA lawsuit is his civic duty

Fargo Forum: A reminder why Republicans don’t want to talk about healthcare

Fargo Forum: Heitkamp: the fight for affordable, quality health care

Fargo Forum: Commentary: shouldn’t law be legal?

Grand Forks Herald: Will consumers get the same bailout?

Minot Daily News: Who is going to bail me out?

 

Fargo Forum: Please don’t betray us Senator Heitkamp


 

8.10.18 Press Links

Grand Forks Herald: Schneider ACA lawsuit

Dickinson Press: Far from perfect: Scheider and Armstrong weigh in on ACA lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: Schneider and Armstrong weigh in on ACA lawsuit

8.11.18 Bismarck Tribune:  ND Democrats highlight healthcare as campaign issue after Republican ACA attacks

West Fargo Pioneer: ND participation in lawsuit threatens thousands

Fargo Forum: Far from perfect, Congressional candidates weigh in on ACA lawsuit  

KFYR-TV: Democratic lawmakers want ND off Affordable Care Act Lawsuit

AP: North Dakota Dems want state out of ACA Lawsuit

KNOX Radio: North Dakota Democrats want state to withdraw from ACA Lawsuit

KVMB-TV: Dems call on A.G. to get out of lawsuit

NDExplains: Questions surround Stenejhem Lawsuit

KFGO Radio with Tyler Axness: Thompson discusses sunshine request in Stenejhem Lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: ND Lawmakers call on AG to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

Jamestown Sun: ND Democrats call on Stenejhem to withdraw ACA suit

Grand Forks Herald: ND Democrats call on Stenejhem to withdraw ACA lawsuit

Minot Daily News: North Dakota Dems want state to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

West Fargo Pioneer: North Dakota Dems call on AG to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

Dickinson Press: North Dakota Democrats call on Stenejhem to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

KXMB Newswire: Dems call on A.G. to get out of lawsuit

U.S. News: North Dakota Dems want state out of ACA lawsuit

FB Texas Herald: North Dakota Dems want state out of ACA Lawsuit

Crookston Times: North Dakota Dems want state off ACA lawsuit

Tri City Herald: North Dakota Dems want state to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

Miami Herald: ND Dems want AG out of lawsuit

Gillette News Record: ND Dems want state out of ACA lawsuit

Clay Center Kansas Daily: North Dakota Dems want state out of ACA Lawsuit

Frenso Daily Bee: North Dakota Dems want state out of ACA lawsuit


 

8.03.18 Press Links

Fargo Forum: Protesters stage inclusivity march outside Pence event

Bismarck Tribune: Protesters stage inclusivity march outside Pence event

WDAZ TV: Protesters stage inclusivity event outside Pence event

Grand Forks Herald: Who benefits from cruel lawsuit?

Bismarck Tribune: Op-Ed Heitkamp needs to protect women’s helth

Fargo Forum: Lets not forget ACA repeal and replace debacle one year ago

WDAY: former delegation evolving careers

Bismarck Tribune: Former delegation evolving career paths

Fargo Forum Shaw: who benefits from cruel lawsuit

Dickinson Press Commentary: Who benefits from cruel lawsuit?

Jamestown Sun: Who benefits from cruel lawsuit?

 

7.27.18 Press Links

Fargo Forum: Stenjam lawsuit will eliminate healthcare for many north dakotans

Bismarck Tribune: Lawsuit threatens protections for working families

Wahpeton Daily News: Dakotans for Health calls for engagement

Jamestown Sun: ND residents need ACA protections

Valley News Live (KVLY) Earl Pomeroy Interview

Dakota Free Press: Pre-existing conditions is a good issue to use

WDAY Radio with Mike McFeely: Mac Schneider on Trade and Pre-Existing Conditions

Grand Forks Herald: Schneider ND lawsuit threatens coverage for thousands of North Dakotans

Fargo Forum: Schneider North Dakota participation in lawsuit threatens health coverage for thousands

Jamestown Sun: Evolving careers ND delegation ties to state remain

West Fargo Pioneer: Evolving careers ND delegation ties to state remain

Dickinson Press: Evolving Careers ND Delegation ties to state remain Pomeroy ACA

Dakota Free Press: Pre-existing conditions is a good issue to use

NDExplains: Trump Admin not alone in its attempts to undermine insurance markets

 

7.21.18 Press Links

WDAY TV (ABC): ND Former Insurance Commissioner Questions Major Lawsuit

KVRR TV (FOX): Dakotans for Health Warns Lawsuit Could Leave 40k NDs Uninsured

Minot Daily News: Dems Rally Grassroots on Healthcare

WDAY Newswire: Pomeroy Questions Lawsuit

Fargo Forum: Former ND National Leaders Effort to Keep Obamacare

WDAY Radio: Earl Pomeroy and Mary Wakefield on Pre-Existing Conditions

High Plains Reader: Feature: War on Health, Death by a 1000 Cuts

Jamestown Sun: North Dakota Leaders Effort to Keep Protections

Grand Forks Herald: Pomeroy and Wakefield Effort to Keep Obamacare Protections

KFGO-Radio (Top Morning Drive): Pomeroy and Wakefield on the ACA We Made Things Better

NewsDakota: Former ND Insurance Commissioner Pomeroy Supports Dakotans for Health

WDAY 970 With Rob Port: Earl Pomeroy on Pre Existing Conditions and Obamacare

Prairie Public Radio (NDPR): Earl Pomeroy and Mary Wakefield DOJ Lawsuit and Pre Existing conditions

Fargo Forum Op-ed: We must ensure everyone has health insurance

Valley City Times Record: Local group opposes ND involvement in ACA lawsuit

Bismarck Tribune: Don’t play politics with our healthcare

High Plains Reader LTE: North Dakota needs to take the lead on healthcare issues

Watertown Public Opinion: Make informed decisions

Dakota Free Press: A rising tide lifts all boats

Rapid City Journal: Coverage at risk for those with pre-existing conditions  

Argus Leader: Weiland’ Elections Have Consequences

Yankton Press and Dakotan: Weiland’ Knowing History

Mitchell Daily Republic: Weiland’ make well informed decisions during elections

 

7.13.18 Press Links

Williston Herald: People with pre existing conditions deserve health insurance

Jamestown Sun: Litigation strips need protection for pre existing conditions

High Plains Reader: Weiland’ a rising tide lifts all boats

West Fargo Pioneer: Protect and expand our health insurance

Fargo Forum: Quit playing politics with our health

Bismarck Tribune: Pre-existing conditions is a key issue

Minot Daily News: Standing up for healthcare

Williston Daily Herald: People with Pre Existing Conditions Deserve health Insurance

Bismarck Tribune: Affordable Health Insurance Essential

Jamestown Daily Sun: Litigation seeks to strip needed protection

 

 

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