In 1935, Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In 1965, Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law.
In 2010, Democratic President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. The ACA mandated that pre-existing conditions be covered, stopped cancellation of health care policies if policy holders became ill and insisted coverage for routine, preventative care.
Republicans are insisting that "Entitlement Programs" must now be cut due to the deficits created by their drastic tax cuts that benefited the top 1 percent. Social Security and Medicare are not exactly "Entitlement Programs" as Americans contribute to these programs out of their paychecks. Social Security would be solvent if individuals earning over $128,000 had to pay into the Social Security program.
Republican attorneys general are looking to roll back the coverage of pre-existing conditions and are suing the Justice Department to do so. Republicans are also looking to privatize Medicaid across the country. We know in Iowa the devastating effects of privatization of Medicaid. Rural nursing care facilities and hospitals may close. Even the new state-of-the-art children's hospital in Iowa City is at risk.
Fortunately, Iowans have a means of fighting back on Nov. 6, 2018 by re-electing Congressman Dave Loebsack and electing Fred Hubbell along with Rita Hart to the Iowa governor's office. Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller would not dream of asking the Justice Department to revoke coverage of pre-existing conditions. State Senate candidate Patti Robinson worked several years as a Medicaid case manager ensuring that every-day Iowans received needed health care, including mental health services.
State Representative Mary Wolfe has tirelessly fought education budget cuts.
Iowans deserve affordable, quality health care and excellent public schools. Democrats work hard to rebuild and strengthen these vital components of a strong Iowa economy. Vote for Democrats on Nov. 6!