Obama to South Dakota on Medicaid expansion: our way or the highway.
Compromise is apparently a dirty word in Washington. And we wonder why they’re in such a mess. The latest example is the Obama administration’s refusal to allow South Dakota to cover those under the poverty line under Medicaid:
In a conference call late Tuesday afternoon involving legislative leaders from both parties and federal Medicaid chief Cindy Mann, South Dakota officials were told their request for a partial Medicaid expansion would not be allowed.
“Where we had maybe a glimmer of hope through some other channels that they would be willing to look at a compromise that would be good for South Dakota, they apparently decided at levels higher up that they would not be willing to compromise, and it would be full expansion … take it or leave it,” said call participant Sen. Tim Rave, the Senate Republican leader.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asked the federal government in late January for permission to expand Medicaid to cover people earning up to 100 percent of the poverty line — $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. About 26,000 uninsured South Dakotans earn less than that.