Republicans in South Dakota don’t want voters to have a say in whether Medicaid should be expended to provide more people with health care. They know if it’s up to the legislature, it will never pass.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 against the resolution.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently asked the federal government to allow for a partial expansion of Medicaid to people up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.
The measure, sponsored by Democrats, would have asked voters in the next general election if they wanted to expand Medicaid to individuals up to 138 percent of poverty.
Senators who voted against the resolution say this is an issue to be determined by the Legislature and governor and putting the issue to the voters sets a bad precedent.
A “bad precedent” to allow true democracy.