RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Many questions and concerns surrounding the White House Administration came up in Friday’s conversations. Senator Mike Rounds sat down for a cup of coffee with the Rapid City community to address some of their issues.
The biggest question people had was about healthcare. When will the affordable care act be repealed?
"If you repealed it and you didn't put in previous language, or previous laws on a state by state basis, there would be no protections for people,” said Rounds, “Obamacare took over and superseded state laws."
Others questioned the intentions of the Senate to write a new bill.
"We're trying to craft this thing in such a way that we can do it with 51 votes,” said Rounds, “Then if the Democrats come back on board with modifications we can do it with 60 votes, but we can't count on that."
Senator Rounds says the driving force in the Senate is the looming fact of premium increases under the Affordable Care Act. He says more people will be un-insured under Obamacare if they don’t figure out a solution.
"In South Dakota we are being told that we can see increases in Obamacare somewhere in the neighborhood of 40%. For folks that are out there that use Obamacare, they can’t afford that,” said Rounds.
Other concerns raised today were education, internet safety, and that rumor of Russian collusion.
"He made it very clear that there is no evidence of collusion on the part of the trump administration at this time,” said Rounds.
But that doesn't mean Russia wasn't involved in the U.S. election.
"I will also tell you that Russia absolutely tried to interfere with our election process, no question about it,” said Rounds “But it is nothing new, because they have tried for many generations to do so."
Round's coffee conversations let people share ideas, and hear opinions held by others. He hopes that it will allow them to realize how many different ideas are heard in congress.