Sen. Tim Johnson
To the Editor: I, probably like you, am very ready for this election season to be over. But no matter how bad our feelings of disgust and frustration toward this election season get, we must stay engaged and involved in politics, especially at the state and local level. It is the only way to ensure that government is accountable to you.
When Congress began debating health care reform in 2009, I heard from many South Dakotans who were one illness or job loss away from losing health benefits. I heard from others who were uninsured simply because they could not afford the monthly premiums for coverage as health care costs soared. While our health care system worked for some, it was clear that millions were falling through the cracks.
Every day across South Dakota and the United States, caregivers assist our nation’s disabled veterans with the tasks of daily living. From helping with medication, personal hygiene, transportation or any number of other duties, caregivers are tasked with important and challenging responsibilities. Unfortunately, too often their sacrifices and hardships are overlooked.
On the four-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, or health reform, it is clear the law has ushered in transformative changes to our nation’s health care system and has helped slow the growth of health care costs. With the first Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period coming to a close, I am often reminded of why I supported this historic law.
The Black Hills National Forest is a tremendous asset for South Dakota, but it also faces unprecedented challenges from the risk of wildfire and pine beetles.
America faces a serious retirement savings crisis. Most Americans have not built a sufficient nest egg to support their current standard of living in retirement. The facts are staggering. There is a $6.6 trillion retirement savings gap between current retirement savings and the amount Americans should have saved. Additionally, the average retirement savings balance for households nearing retirement is only $12,000.
By Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. As millions of Americans celebrated the New Year by toasting with friends and family and making resolutions, Jan.