I was skimming articles today, and came across a notation of Paula Hawks continuing her drumbeat in favor of Obamacare’s expansion in South Dakota. But what I wasn’t expecting was a full throated endorsement of the failing program, as well as proposing pricing changes to keep it afloat on a national level.
Here’s what the Dem’s sacrificial lamb for Congress has to say, as she clearly and definitively underlines her support of Obamacare:
On another health issue, Hawks supports Medicaid expansion. In South Dakota, such a move would impact not only 15,000 Native Americans but also 35,000 non-Natives, she said.
“It would help all of us,” she said. “It would maintain good health. People would go to work, maintain households and not go to the ER.”
In other issues:
• Hawks supports the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” but would favor “tweaking” the program’s cost. She opposes any effort to privatize the Veterans Affairs health care programs.
Hawks supports the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” is the first time we’re really hearing this as a definitive policy statement, as she’s been pretty quiet about her position on it. In fact, one columnist thought she came off as against it in her positioning for the electorate, commenting that she’d slammed it.
I had to go back and look, as while she’d previously been in favor of Obamacare’s expansion at the state level through Medicaid expansion, I didn’t think she’d been very forthright on her position on the much maligned social medicine program at the national level that is currently imploding before our eyes.
In fact, if you look at her issues page, she doesn’t address Obamacare or the “Affordable Care Act” at all, leaving it completely vague, if unaddressed on her campaign website. That’s by design, as Obamacare still is a contentious and unpopular issue in the majority Republican state of South Dakota.
But her statement on August 17th in the Yankton Daily Press left no doubt as to where she stands on the issue. And her comments about “tweaking” Obamacare costs belies the fact that the only way to accomplish this is through increased government intervention; whether it is through forcing companies to assume a greater loss on the product, or putting millions upon millions more in taxpayer dollars into the program.
It’s good that Paula Hawks has finally unmasked herself as the Obamacare loving ultra-liberal that she is. South Dakota voters should be forearmed with that before voting starts in the Congressional race.