SDDP Chair Responds to CBO Score of Senate GOP Health Care Bill 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that the Senate Republican health care bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care coverage:

“This CBO score confirms what we already knew – the Senate GOP health care bill, which Senator John Thune helped to write behind closed doors, and which he and Senator Mike Rounds now champion, will drive up costs for working families and take health care away from 22 million Americans, including tens of thousands of South Dakotans. The bill will devastate rural areas and threaten rural hospitals, weaken essential health benefits, and be disaster for women, the elderly, and disabled. While South Dakota families, communities, and health care providers would be devastated, millionaires and billionaires would receive a tax cut. Taking health care away from South Dakota families to give tax cuts to the wealthy will not do anything to improve South Dakotans’ health care. Democrats will keep fighting for affordable health care for all Americans. We hope the Republicans in Congress – especially John Thune, Mike Rounds, and Kristi Noem – will finally join us to work in a bi-partisan way to create a plan that really does improve the coverage and health care of all South Dakotans.”