The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 18, 2013

Hart: Meetings set up to explain health care law

Rita Hart
State Senator

---- — Many constituents have written to express dismay with Washington and their belief that the American people deserve better results from our elected leaders.

What I hear from Iowans is that they are tired of the politics of blame and are looking for leadership to quit pointing fingers and move forward. I am relieved that Iowa has taken steps to minimize the impact on our state, but I hope that by the time you read this column, the crisis is over. Furloughed workers, missed paychecks and limited services are negatively affecting us every day that the federal shutdown continues.

Health insurance is another issue people in our district are concerned about right now. New health care options can be explored at or by calling 1-800-318-2596. I hope that those who do not have employer-provided insurance will join me on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Davenport Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., Meeting Rooms A&B, where Iowa health and insurance officials will discuss insurance options. A meeting for small business people will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon at Mercy Medical Center’s North Campus, Meeting Room A, 1410 N. Fourth St., Clinton.

I have had conversations with many about how the new changes to our health care system will affect us. These changes have received a lot of attention, including a great deal of misinformation. It’s time to get the facts and make some decisions. Please continue to keep me informed on how these changes are affecting you or your small business.

Congratulations to the citizens of Grand Mound who celebrated the grand opening of their renovated Historic Fire Station/Town Hall on Oct. 12. This project is a great example of community action. Ruth Wilson and Ellen Mayberry, members of the Clinton County Historical Preservation Commission, explained the history of the project. Starting with a small group of interested citizens who sought funding and corraled the volunteer efforts of dozens more, the Grand Mound community and all of Clinton County can be very proud of the result, which is a valuable, functional piece of Iowa history.

I spent an educational morning at Camanche High School last week. Thank you to Sarah DeMaranville, teacher-librarian, who invited me to learn how teachers and students are using technology. Sarah, Superintendent Thomas Parker and other administrators allowed me to visit classrooms, where it was inspirational to see how engaged students can be, and how excited the teachers are to try new techniques. Camanche administrators discussed with me the challenges and possibilities that school districts face when it comes to technology. Appropriate use of technology in classrooms is crucial to our state’s future, and my visit to Camanche underscored the importance of the work teachers and administrators do every day at schools in the district.

Senator Rita Hart represents Clinton County and northern Scott County in the Iowa Senate.