Speaking of Medicaid expansion, yesterday brought the first meeting of the South Dakota Legislature's Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Exploratory Committee (B-MEEC? No! Be bold!). According to SDPB, 21 citizens came forward to speak in favor of accepting the Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act. Two citizens testified in opposition... and they're both nuts:
“We all have heard many stories that tug at the heartstrings, but we have to be realistic,” says Florence Thompson from Caputa. She is one of two people who came forward to oppose expansion of Medicaid.
“The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. This was said by Margaret Thatcher,” Thompson says. “Obamacare, Medicaid, all these things are a form of socialism, and our government is, in fact, bankrupt.”
Thompson says attempts at central control distort the free market through price controls and regulation [Victoria Wicks, "Committee Hears Consequences of No Health Insurance," SDPB.org, 2013.02.20].
It must be nice to latch onto a few key words—socialism, central control—and use them as your excuse not to think about real policy issues.
Stephanie Strong from Rapid City says she opposes Medicaid expansion because she wants limited government, and she expresses distrust of current insurance and healthcare practices.
“You go for trip to the doctor and it costs your elderly people a thousand dollars for a blood draw,” Strong says. “I think that the administration of the government is stealing from South Dakotans and other folks out there that are taking this fallacy about Medicaid’s going to fix you.”
A majority can be wrong. But when the politically inept Stephanie Strong and Florence Thompson are the only people telling you not to do something, there's a strong possibility that you should go with the flow and do it.