The Onion mocks South Dakota over health care: Building on the continuing debate about whether states will opt-in to Medicaid expansion and health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, a recent video from satiric publication The Onion includes a throwaway joke at South Dakota’s expense.
As an anchor for the fictional Onion News Network describes a loopy (but AWESOME) story about how NASA believes water on Mercury means the planet could be used for a space prison, a chyron at the bottom of the screen, captured in the above graphic, reads “South Dakota Opts Into Miracle Elixir Based Health Care.”
It’s a poke at conservative states like South Dakota choosing not to participate in the Affordable Care Act, the implication being that the state is so backwards that instead of the ACA we’re opting for snake oil to stay healthy, instead.
Is the miracle elixir program one of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s secret initiatives to be unveiled in the State of the State address in January? How much will it cost the state to provide magic elixirs to its citizens, and how many will we get? Can we call the miracle elixir program “Daugaardcare”?
This reporter won’t back down until he gets answers.