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Iowa political organization says Joni Ernst voted to take health care from nearly 8,300 Iowa veterans

Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa with his political allies Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa, a left-leaning Iowa political organization, released a new video highlighting Senator Joni Ernst’s record on veteran’s health care on Monday, in recognition of Veterans Day.  Progress Iowa says Ernst has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would mean 8,295 Iowa veterans losing their health care, according to a report released by Families USA.

Click here to watch the video released by Progress Iowa.

According to Progress Iowa:

In total, 689,000 veterans would become uninsured by 2026 if Ernst’s votes become the law of the land, according to the report, more than the total number of military personnel currently serving in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined. The ACA is also under attack by a lawsuit backed by the Trump administration and a number of Republican Attorneys General, which Ernst has refused to oppose.


“Senator Ernst puts politics ahead of supporting Iowa veterans and they deserve better than that,” said Ben Hanson, an Iraq War Veteran from St. Lucas, Iowa. “Veterans put their lives on the line, the very least Ernst could do is vote to maintain our health care. No one should have to come home after fighting for their country and be faced with a fight for their life because they can’t go to the doctor without going bankrupt. On this Veterans Day we are grateful for the thanks we receive for our service, but we must recommit to working every day to hold politicians like Joni Ernst accountable for forgetting her duty.”

The Texas v. United States lawsuit was brought by a group of Republican state officials to challenge the constitutionality of the ACA. It is currently in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. If the suit prevails, the entire ACA would be repealed, throwing millions of Americans off their insurance, gutting protections for pre-existing conditions, and creating chaos in our health care system.

According to the report, the ACA cut the number of uninsured veterans by more than one-third. Iowa veterans are among the many state communities who will be at risk if the lawsuit or President Trump and Congress wipes out the ACA. Read more here about how all Iowans will be affected if the Affordable Care Act is overturned.

Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of more than 75,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa claims it advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.

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