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South Dakota Bill #SCR 1   View details of Bill | Go to Bill Online

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Opposing the government takeover of health care as currently
proposed by Congress and encouraging preservation of states' rights regarding health care

WHEREAS, the federal government seeks to impose unfunded mandates on states to expand
medicaid in excess of twenty-six billion dollars in the Senate-passed health care bill and thirty-four
billion dollars in the House-passed version; and

WHEREAS, both pieces of legislation would increase the number of individuals covered under
medicaid by forty percent. Consequently, the medicaid program would no longer be a safety net
program; and

WHEREAS, in South Dakota, the Senate-passed bill would cost the State of South Dakota fiftythree
million seven hundred thousand dollars between 2010 and 2019, and the House-passed bill
would cost the State of South Dakota one hundred thirty-four million one hundred thousand dollars
between 2013 and 2019; and

WHEREAS, this bill also cuts approximately four hundred seventy billion dollars from medicare
to create a new federal long-term care health entitlement program at a time when medicare has thirtyeight
trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities and will be insolvent by 2017; and

WHEREAS, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that under the Senate-passed
bill, health insurance premiums for South Dakotans and all Americans will not decrease but will
continue to increase at double the rate of inflation or more; and

WHEREAS, despite higher taxes, cuts to medicare, and increased federal health care spending,
the Senate-passed legislation leaves twenty-three million Americans uninsured and the House-passed
legislation leaves eighteen million Americans uninsured; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that, "The powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved
to the states respectively, or to the people."; and

WHEREAS, the states primarily regulate today's health insurance market and provide aggressive
oversight of all aspects of this market and enforce consumer protection as well as ensure a local,
responsive presence for consumers:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the Eighty-fifth Legislature of the
State of South Dakota, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the South Dakota
Legislature is opposed to the health care reform proposal passed in the United States Senate and the
United States House of Representatives, and strongly urges Congress not to adopt either measure or
institute new federal review, oversight, or preemption of state health insurance laws.
Adopted by the Senate, February 1, 2010

Concurred in by the House of Representatives, February 3, 2010
Dennis Daugaard
President of the Senate
Trudy Evenstad
Secretary of the Senate
Timothy A. Rave
Speaker of the House
Karen Gerdes
Chief Clerk of the House

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