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Iowa can lead the way: The time for Single Payer is Now

In the last year, have you or someone you know put off getting a recommended medical test or treatment because you could not afford it? Have you relied on home remedies instead of going to the doctor or dentist? Are you one of the millions of Americans finding it hard to afford insurance or pay for treatments you need?

The US is at a moment of crisis. Healthcare is unattainable for too many people. Now is the time to fight for what we need.

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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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Don’t default on the American people

Don’t default on the American people

We must stop governing crisis to crisis. We need to open the government, raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget that increases revenue and invests in America.

That's the message CCI Action members delivered to Representative Tom Latham and President Obama as the government shutdown drags on for a third week.

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The Budget Showdown, Congress and You

The Budget Showdown, Congress and You

There's a showdown brewing right after the November 6 elections, and there’s a lot at stake for everyday folks across the country.

Will our elected officials return to work for We the People or Big Corporations?

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Medicare ad hit IA03, IA04 airwaves

Medicare ad hit IA03, IA04 airwaves

Iowa GOP Reps.Steve King and Tom Latham champion privatizing Social Security and turning Medicare into a voucher, plans that jeopardize the prospect of a secure retirement for millions of Iowa residents.

A radio ad airing today calls on Iowans to tell King and Latham to protect Social Security and Medicare.

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