FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fulton, SD—South Dakota State Representative and US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson called out fellow candidate Mike Rounds for being dishonest in claiming that he opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010, is often considered the President’s signature piece of legislation.
Nelson listed a number of reasons why he felt this way:
“Mike Rounds brought Obamacare to South Dakota.
He met with President Obama in June of 2009 regarding how to push Obama’s health reform agenda. In the press conference that followed, the President remarked ‘I want to thank [Governor Rounds] publicly. And I look forward to working with [him] to get [health care reform] done for the American people and for the people of [South Dakota] in the weeks to come.’
Rounds opposed the Health Care Freedom Act in the 2010 legislative session in Pierre and sent his own chief of staff, (Neil Fulton, Rounds’ personal representative), to lobby against it when it came up for a committee hearing in Pierre.
His administration applied to the federal government and received millions of dollars in grants to implement Obamacare here in South Dakota.
Shortly after leaving office in early 2011, former Governor Rounds joined a task force with former Senator Tom Daschle, Obama’s first choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, to find compromise solutions on how to implement Obamacare. Daschle expressed his pleasure in working with Rounds toward this goal.
Although he claims he sued the federal government, the Attorney General of South Dakota, a separate constitutional office, actually did that.”