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Senators: The health care debate is finally on; Iowans must speak up now

ragan_amanda-2Joint statement by Senators Jochum, Ragan and Bolkcom –

Governor Branstad has finally produced a health care plan. Unfortunately, his plan won’t make Iowa the healthiest state. In fact, Iowa will fall behind other states who decide instead to expand Medicaid.

Here’s what’s wrong with the Governor’s plan:

First, the Governor’s plan costs all Iowans more while covering fewer people.

Second, the Governor’s plan forces Iowans to pay twice. The Governor’s plan raises local property taxes and costs more than $150 million in state taxes. At the same time, Iowans pay the federal taxes to fund Medicaid expansion even if we don’t take part.

Third, if the Governor truly wants Iowa to be the healthiest state, his plan won’t get the job done.

That’s our immediate response to what was released late today.

Now is the time for the Legislature to hear from Iowans. If you want Iowa to a great place to live for everyone, including working Iowans who don’t earn much, you need to speak up now.

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