Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today's intersection: farmer suicides and socialized medicine

Since suicides and murders have become commonplace in South Dakota politics the toll on the SDGOP could mount.

Earth haters like Kristi Noem and Pat Powers can squawk all they want about "socialized medicine" or "government-run health care." South Dakota is already a perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area. It leads the US in breast cancer rates and is one of seven states that would be devastated by the repeal of Obamacare.
“Suicide is a pressing public health issue,” said Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon. Rather than looking for funding, Malsam-Rysdon said the Legislature’s best role may be in helping to raise awareness. “There’s not a way to legislate our way out of this,” Malsam-Rysdon said.
Read the rest at the Brookings Register.

Brookings is home to obese blogger Powers who says he's thriving under the town's socialism.

A study recently published in the Journal of Rural Health found the suicide rate for farmers is not only the highest of any occupation in America, it's spiking because of a lack of ready access to mental health care services.
The agrarian imperative theory, as last week’s article explained, postulates that people engaged in farming have a strong urge to supply essentials for human life such as food and materials for clothing, shelter and fuel, and to hang onto their land and other resources needed to produce these goods at all costs. The theory also suggests that when agricultural producers are unable to supply these requisites, they feel they are letting down those who depend on them, foremost — their families and communities, and all consumers as well. That’s when some farmers undertake what they may feel is their last alternative: to hold themselves responsible for their failure, even if it means taking their own lives. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Socialized military, socialized coal, socialized timber harvest and socialized ag/livestock production are what Republicans want.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is hoping to see the next iteration of the Farm Bill get kicked over to the Senate well in advance of its expiration. Aside from continuing to improve crop insurance programs, Noem expects "safety net" services like disaster relief will join conservation program expansion as the top priorities during Farm Bill discussions. [Mitchell Daily Republic]
Noem and her husband sell subsidized crop insurance and have received federal agriculture subsidies. She was just in Rapid City for a town hall defending the Trump Organization's plan to end medical insurance coverage for some 22 million Americans including thousands of farmers.

But, if the South Dakota earth haters had any integrity whatsoever and cared about food security they'd urge South Dakota's congressional delegation to work toward rolling the funding for Obamacare, TRICARE, Medicare, the Indian Health Service and Veterans Administration together and offer Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco, support the kurtz template and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.

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