July 22nd, 2014

Sioux Falls, SD - The South Dakota Republican Party today lauded the decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington striking down subsidies in some states under Obamacare and called for Democratic Senate nominee Rick Weiland to renounce his support of the failed Obamacare law.

"President Obama and his loyal foot soldier Rick Weiland were given an emphatic 'no' today by the D.C. Court of Appeals on their failed Obamacare law," said Dick Wadhams, spokesman for the South Dakota Republican Party.  "The court ruled on what the Obamacare law actually says, not what President Obama and Rick Weiland say it says."

The D.C. appeals court decision said subsidies provided under the 2010 Obamacare law could only be given to residents of states that set up their own health care marketplaces.  South Dakota is one of 27 states that opted out entirely from setting up their own marketplaces.  Nine other states partially opted out.

"The current Obama-Weiland health care law is bad enough but Weiland actually wants Obamacare on steroids," Wadhams said.  "Weiland would dramatically expand Medicare and make that federal health care program for seniors available to everyone.  Weiland's Medicare/Obamacare expansion proposal would destroy Medicare as we know it for seniors."

"It is time for Rick Weiland to renounce his support not only for the failed Obamacare law but also his own proposal to destroy Medicare."