Custer Area Citizens Protest Trump Mandated Congressional Dismantling of Affordable Care Act

January 15, 2017
By Herb Ryan

America – the country where everyone has the opportunity to lawfully assemble in public and voice their opinion on any subject. At 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2017, thirty-four  protesters  assembled  in Way Park carrying signs asking for protection on Medicare the Affordable Care Act and Social Security .

The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday, January 12, 2017 to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act.

In a press release dated Thursday, January 12, 2017 South Dakota Senator John Thune said “Passing the Obamacare repeal resolution means the Republican-led Senate has begun delivering on the promises we made to the American people,” said Thune. “The current Obamacare situation is unsustainable. Premiums are soaring, insurance markets are collapsing, and patients’ choices are dwindling. With this resolution, we have put the necessary tools in place to repeal Obamacare and replace it with personalized, patient-centered health care that is affordable for every American.

Mary Boots, Custer County Democratic Chairman  said she was at the rally because “there are a group of citizens in the Custer area who are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the future Medicare and Social Security. We want to make sure The citizens of this country have good affordable healthcare”. Mary continued – We like the Affordable Care Act, but realize some changes need to be made and hope the it is not thrown on the scrap heap leaving some 20 million Americans without healthcare. Sue Martin who has worked in health care said ” I’m going to be needing health care and believe the government has no right to repeal healthcare. If they can improve Obamacare, I would be ok with that” Dennis Knuckles said, ” What we need is affordable health care, not a bunch of platitudes from politicians. Whether it’s a republican or democratic driven healthcare bill, it has to be affordable for everyone, if that’s possible, then I’m for it”.

Most people agreed that the Affordable Care Act has serious flaws that need to be corrected, keeping that thought in mind, affordable health care in this country has always been a challenge and will continue unless radicalized senators in congress can see beyond their personal grudges and party affiliation and do the work of the people. That is why they were elected, they work for us. Apparently, the work most of them do is to appease vested interest and work on getting re-elected. Stop being the silent majority.

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Senators of the 115th Congress
The 115th United States House Of Representatives
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Meg Schwartz far right holds a message to members of the House and Congress at the Save Healthcare Rally at Way Park in Custer, SD Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Custer resident Dennis Knuckles and San Diego resident Susan Fadness demonstrate at the Save Healthcare Rally at Way Park in Custer, SD Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

Reminder – The Custer Rally To “Save Health Care” Will Be Held Tomorrow in Way Park

Editor’s note; The weather in Custer Sunday afternoon will be bright, low 40’s with 0% chance of rain.
This event is being held on public property, and all are invited to attend and express their opinions on the issues.
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CUSTER, SD – There is a call to action from the Democratic Party for local groups to rally on January 15th in support of programs and policies that are important to all Americans.  These include the continuation and strengthening of Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, equal rights, and much more.  For example, the GOP-led Congress is already working toward dumping the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement plan, and that would be disastrous for millions of people.

The purpose of the gathering in Way Park on Sunday is to show our legislators – both local and national – that people support  these valuable programs, and that they shouldn’t be gutted for the sake of gaining a few dollars today.  The participants will be representing the issues that are important to them, and all are welcome.  This will be a positive rally, not a protest. We want to be constructive in our message to the people who represent us.

Social Security should not be privatized, and that the taxable income level should be increased.  Funds should also be placed back in the “lockbox” so that Congress cannot use them as a slush fund.  Medicare should be kept, with greater scrutiny of the many instances of fraud and abuse in order to make the program more financially stable.  The Affordable Care Act should be tweaked to place less of a burden on the providers, and should certainly not leave the millions of people who rely on it without coverage.

The Custer Rally will be held at:
Way Park
Corner of Mt. Rushmore Rd, and 4th Street
Custer, SD
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 pm
Other National Rallies

 

Custer Rally to Protest GOP-Led Congressional Actions on Affordable Care Act – Social Security – Medicare

January 10, 2016
By Meg Schwartz

CUSTER, SD – There is a call to action from the Democratic Party for local groups to rally on January 15th in support of programs and policies that are important to all Americans.  These include the continuation and strengthening of Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, equal rights, and much more.  For example, the GOP-led Congress is already working toward dumping the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement plan, and that would be disastrous for millions of people.

The purpose of the gathering in Way Park on Sunday is to show our legislators – both local and national – that people support  these valuable programs, and that they shouldn’t be gutted for the sake of gaining a few dollars today.  The participants will be representing the issues that are important to them, and all are welcome.  This will be a positive rally, not a protest. We want to be constructive in our message to the people who represent us.

Social Security should not be privatized, and that the taxable income level should be increased.  Funds should also be placed back in the “lockbox” so that Congress cannot use them as a slush fund.  Medicare should be kept, with greater scrutiny of the many instances of fraud and abuse in order to make the program more financially stable.  The Affordable Care Act should be tweaked to place less of a burden on the providers, and should certainly not leave the millions of people who rely on it without coverage.

The Custer Rally will be held at:
Way Park
Corner of Mt. Rushmore Rd, and 4th Street
Custer, SD
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 pm
Other National Rallies

 

Noem, Rounds and Thune Leading the Charge to Dismantle Affordable Care Act

January 9, 2017

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the eagerness with which South Dakota’s congressional delegation is joining their fellow Washington establishment Republicans in pursuing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also know as Obamacare, without any plan to replace it:

“Instead of fulfilling their promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are going to make America sick again by offering no health care plan to the American people and actually dismantling Medicare, Medicaid as well as the ACA. Congressional Republicans, including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune, are leading the charge.

“The Republican health care repeal bill will make America sick again by putting insurance companies back in charge of health care, ripping health care away from 30 million people, raising premiums, and creating chaos throughout our whole economy. Independent experts say this will take us back to the old days when insurance companies could discriminate against people, like individuals with pre-existing conditions. Health care costs for all Americans will skyrocket at the same time big corporations get a tax break.

“In South Dakota alone, repeal would mean:

  • 74,000 South Dakotans could lose health care coverage
  • 22,005 South Dakotans would lose financial assistance to cover heath care costs
  • 346,000 South Dakotans with pre-existing conditions (including asthma, diabetes, and cancer) could lose affordable coverage and women in South Dakota could be charged more for coverage due to their gender
  • 392,000 South Dakotans with private insurance, including 86,000 children, and 156,000 South Dakota seniors on Medicare will lose guaranteed access to free preventive care – including recommended cancer screenings and vaccinations
  • The Medicare “donut hole” will open once again, meaning South Dakota seniors and people with disabilities will be forced to pay thousands more for their prescriptions (South Dakotans have saved about $49 million in prescription costs thanks to the ACA closing this “donut hole”)
  • South Dakota health care providers would be faced with $260 million more in uncompensated care costs
  • South Dakota would lose 7,000 jobs, $4.2 billion in state domestic product, $7.5 billion in business productivity, and $108.4 million in state and local tax revenue

“If Kristi Noem, John Thune, Mike Rounds, and their friends in Washington have a plan to replace the ACA and avoid these disastrous effects of its repeal, they have a responsibility to tell the American people what it is. Given that they have had over 6 years to unveil an ACA replacement plan and have failed to do so we can only conclude that one does not exist. Until such a plan is released for the people of South Dakota, and the rest of America, to examine and compare with the ACA, even considering repealing the ACA is completely irresponsible, dangerous, and frankly cruel. The people of South Dakota deserve better.”

South Dakota U.S. Senate Candidate Jay Williams Calls for Senator Thune to Debate

Yankton, SD

Jay Williams, South Dakota’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, is calling for Senator John Thune to debate him. In past years, Dakotafest in Mitchell has been the unofficial kickoff to the political debate season. This year, Senator Thune has told Dakotafest sponsor IDEAg Group that he has no plans to debate this year. Mr. Williams is calling for Senator Thune to change his position and agree to a series of debates.

Mr. Williams issued the following statement calling for Senator Thune to debate him:

There are major issues challenging the United States and South Dakota. Senator Thune has a responsibility to debate me and tell the voters of South Dakota his views on these issues. The voters of South Dakota deserve to hear how the incumbent Senator and his challenger stand on the issues. Senator Thune  has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This in spite of the fact that the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), the cornerstone legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, was made permanent as part of the Affordable Care Act. This is just one of several issues where Senator Thune and I disagree. We differ on how to address the income inequality in our country and on the importance of eliminating fossil fuels as our source of energy. Senator Thune needs to explain why he endorses the racist, self professed greedy real estate mogul, Donald Trump for President. Let’s have a series of debates to discuss these and other issues important to South Dakota voters.