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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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Iowa must get health insurance coverage right

Iowa must get health insurance coverage right

In a flurry of last minute activity, the Iowa legislature passed a compromise to expand Medicaid coverage to over 100,000 Iowans.

This could be a very crucial step in the right direction... if we get it right.

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The Iowa Legislature passes Medicaid expansion compromise, but what’s next?

The Iowa Legislature passes Medicaid expansion compromise, but what’s next?

Medicaid expansion compromise passes the Iowa Legislature; CCI Action will continue to call for affordable access to care for all as details regarding the plan settle.

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CCI Action converges on Terrace Hill for Medicaid expansion

CCI Action converges on Terrace Hill for Medicaid expansion

CCI Action members delivered nearly 150 comments from Iowans across the state wanting affordable health insurance on Saturday to Governor Branstad at his Terrace Hill mansion.

This was the latest action in a months long campaign to pass Medicaid expansion in Iowa to provide much needed insurance to 150,000 more Iowans.

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What would you tell Terry? Lawrence would #tellterry Medicaid is invaluable

Lawrence would tell Terry that Medicaid expansion is invaluable.

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