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Worst In 100 Years: The Condition of the State for Everyday Iowans

January 2021 report: After decades of disinvestment and de-regulation, working-class Iowans need a Billion Dollar Pandemic Relief Plan that puts people and the planet first The Condition of Everyday Iowans is the most precarious it has been in generations, the result of longstanding economic, environmental, and societal problems accelerated by the global Covid-19 pandemic and made worse by a state and federal government that prioritizes corporate profits over essential workers, immigrants, the sick, and the elderly.  Governor Reynolds and President Trump’s false dichotomy of either saving the economy or saving vulnerable lives is a lie that protects giant corporations at the expense of working-class families and the environment. Consumers’ fear of the virus and their subsequent change in purchasing behavior has negatively impacted the economy more than public health orders and closures. Most measures at the state and federal level have lacked the economic and...

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“Public Option” doesn’t guarantee healthcare for all

Cherie Mortice, CCI Action Fund Board President. Originally appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. What’s our biggest health care issue? Cost. Many of us worry whether we can afford to go to the doctor we like or get the care we need. And there’s numerous proposals by current Democratic candidates for President aimed at addressing that concern, but only one that truly gets to the heart of the problem. Proposed solutions like John Delaney’s “BetterCare,” or Pete Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It,” or introducing a new public insurance plan alongside the for-profit insurers (the “public option”) may sound nice, but do not control costs. And it leaves open the door for private insurers to game the system by offering bare-bones plans to healthy individuals, further burdening our public system. Only an all-in system will truly control costs and address the insecurity we feel within our current system. In the name of political expediency, these...

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Our current healthcare system vs. Medicare for All

Michael McKinley, CCI Action and Our Revolution member The current state of American health care is one of pure, unmitigated fear. Most of us live in a constant panic, afraid we and our family will get sick—not so much for having access to good care, as for not being able to afford it. The privately-owned, for-profit health insurance industry is a predatory protection racket, and it is no exaggeration to say it is bankrupting and killing us. Ralph Nader calls the immensely profitable Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Hospital monopolies the “Pay Up or Die” industry. Their purpose is to make money. They do this by taking in as much money from you as they can, while paying out as little as possible for your health care, shifting its high cost onto you. They reduce their payout by restricting the amount of care available to you, by erecting barriers to you seeking and receiving care when you need it, and by making you pay as much for it as possible if you succeed in...

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Profits out – improved Medicare for All now!

Iowa’s Medicaid is still in crisis, but we’re building a movement to end our failed Medicaid privatization disaster—and guarantee healthcare for all. Join us for an organizing meeting!

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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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