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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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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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Op-ed: Bold action needed to hold big banks accountable

Op-ed: Bold action needed to hold big banks accountable

The following editorial by Iowa CCI Action Fund Director Hugh Espey appeared in the 2/17/2012 Des Moines Register: Fourteen months ago, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement members and our allies from National People’s Action and the New Bottom Line campaign met with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller in Des Moines to discuss the national foreclosure investigation that he was leading. Miller vowed to pursue a fundamental transformation of the mortgage servicing industry. He spoke like a people’s champion, like someone who would “knock it out of the ballpark” and bring the banks to justice. But after he announced the details of his settlement with the banks last week, we felt Miller had struck out. A few reasons why: 11 million homeowners owe roughly $700 billion more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Miller’s settlement carves out just $17 billion in principal relief for these homeowners. At best, this will reach one-tenth of them. Homeowners who were victims...

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Op-ed: Iowans can fight for economic justice Jan. 3rd

Op-ed: Iowans can fight for economic justice Jan. 3rd

Everyday Iowans have an opportunity to address these pressing problems and advance a populist agenda for economic justice and democracy at the Iowa Caucuses January 3rd.

Since the national spotlight is on us, we are uniquely positioned to drive home – in a big way – a vision of good government that puts communities before corporations and people before profits.

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