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Op-Ed: We need Medicare for All, Not a Heartless Healthcare Bill

Op-Ed: We need Medicare for All, Not a Heartless Healthcare Bill

By Barb Kalbach, Iowa CCI Action Fund president

As a cardiac rehabilitation nurse in rural Iowa, I spent 10 years helping patients recover from procedures like valve replacements and heart bypasses. I saw patients survive against the odds, thanks to incredible health care provided in our state’s rural hospitals.

Now all of us in rural Iowa – including our hospitals – face a grave threat with the health care repeal passed by the House. The only way we’ll survive is by making sure our senators stop it.

That includes our Senators Grassley and Ernst, who will put a whole lot of our children, parents, and grandparents at risk if they vote for this terrible health repeal.

The Congressional Budget Office says the legislation will throw 23 million people off coverage – with 14 million tossed off Medicaid alone. An older person with limited income will be hit with premium hikes as high as 850 percent.

I won’t mince words. This legislation is heartless.

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Our view: Presidential race is referendum on government’s role

Our view: Presidential race is referendum on government’s role

There’s no question that this election offers a stark choice between two competing visions of America, and there’s no question that we all have a civic duty to participate in the electoral process.

But there’s a fight brewing on November 7 no matter who wins the presidential election and no matter which party is in power. We need to be ready for it.

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Our view: Payday loan restrictions build support for interest rate caps

Our view: Payday loan restrictions build support for interest rate caps

The Des Moines Register has asked Iowa CCI Action E.D. Hugh Espey to be a "featured writer" on their new A Better Iowa opinions page.

In this, his second piece, he calls on the Iowa legislature to follow the lead of five Iowa cities and enact an interest rate cap on predatory payday loans.

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Three questions to ask at the State Fair soapbox

Three questions to ask at the State Fair soapbox

The Iowa State Fair is here - and so returns the Des Moines Register's Soap Box. They've released the tentative schedule and all Iowa Congressional delegates and their challengers are slated to appear.

Be there to push them on issues you care about. Here are two questions to ask:

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Berkley Bedell: Taxing according to ability to pay could revitalize the nation

Berkley Bedell: Taxing according to ability to pay could revitalize the nation

In 1936, when I was 15 years old, I started making fishing tackle in my home with $50 saved from my newspaper delivery route. When my son, Tom, sold the business a few years ago, it was by far the largest, most successful fishing tackle manufacturing business in the nation.

That business was successful primarily because we recognized a basic rule of business and for almost every organization. It is: Revenue matters.

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