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South Dakota: We’ve had a whopping 23 people sign up on ObamaCare

posted at 10:03 am on October 18, 2013 by

That’s spread across the three South Dakota insurers participating in the federal exchange, but only two have new customers:

At least 23 people in South Dakota have signed up for health insurance in the first two weeks policies have been offered through an Internet exchange that’s part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. …

Deb Muller of Avera Health says that company has had 21 enrollments, while Sanford Health reports two signups.

The Argus Leader reports that Dakotacare has had no sales yet.

The population in South Dakota in 2012 was estimated to be over 883,000.

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South Dakota: We’ve had a whopping 23 people sign up on ObamaCare

As an American of Italian descent, I take offense!

Now, what kinda stuff can I get for free?

mankai on October 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Deb Muller of Avera Health says that company has had 21 enrollments, while Sanford Health reports two signups.

The Argus Leader reports that Dakotacare has had no sales yet.

I have no sympathy for the pathetic insurance companies that failed to think long-term and cheerleaded this horrible law.

Bitter Clinger on October 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

The problem is the cd-roms sent out by the exchange only include 100 free hours of AOL. They need to offer 1000 free hours! Boom huge surge in signups.

Ted Torgerson on October 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The Argus Leader reports that Dakotacare has had no sales yet.

It’s not for lack of trying. I don’t live in SD but listen to a SD radio station (for Sioux Falls hockey games) and DakotaCare is advertised relentlessly.

JA on October 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The population in South Dakota in 2012 was estimated to be over 883,000.

That’s all? Cripes…NYC alone has over 8.3 million.

Anyhoo, the success or failure of ObamaCare rests in the hands of the American people signing up for this impending disaster…younger, healthy people especially. And that ain’t happening.

JetBoy on October 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I have no sympathy for the pathetic insurance companies that failed to think long-term and cheerleaded this horrible law.

Bitter Clinger on October 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Avera is a nonprofit run by the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton and Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen. When did they get in the insurance game? I miss the days when McKennan and Sioux Valley were just hospitals…

Hat Trick on October 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

The Argus Leader reports that Dakotacare has had no sales yet.

They still believe in freedom in South Dakota.

Hat Trick on October 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I’m not surprised. I’m new to South Dakota, but the people here either have insurance, or aren’t likely to sign up in any circumstances. You have to remember, we have 3% unemployment. Health insurance often comes with menial jobs. On the other end, even state government insurance, like I have, is not as generous as in other States, like VA. TN. GA. UT. etc. (I can’t speak for other places.) In general our costs are fairly low.

Dr T on October 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Yet another state that doesn’t want it. Glad we spent a trillion dollars.

nazo311 on October 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Dr T on October 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You know…when things get too dicey here in MN, I may slip across the border. ;)

Othniel on October 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM