Today, the Des Moines Reigster called Governor Reynolds out for her misleading rhetoric about the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa.
“After handing over management of the $4 billion Medicaid program to three for-profit companies last year, Iowans have filed hundreds of complaints, including many about losing access to care. Health providers have closed their doors. Iowans with disabilities have filed a federal lawsuit against Reynolds, accusing the state of depriving thousands the right to live safely outside institutions.
Yet the new governor continues to insist privatization is a great thing.
Several months ago she was quoted in a news release as saying Iowans with “high risk behavioral health conditions” were faring better under privatized Medicaid.
Soon after, the Register editorial board reported the private insurers owed Southwest Iowa Mental Health System about $300,000 for services provided. We recently reported on a private insurer refusing to cover care for a mentally ill teen. This week Des Moines psychiatrist Jim Gallagher told an editorial writer that the private insurers were reducing payments to workers who supervise individuals in group homes, including a man with a history of pedophilia.
Yet Reynolds does not acknowledge such problems. Worse, she pretends there are none. An August 3 press release from her office referenced a questionable survey indicating Iowa patients’ satisfaction was among the highest in the nation.”
“The Register frequently hears from Iowans who have lost health care, closed medical services businesses or are owed money by the insurers. And now we have heard from the widow of a man who died after the insurer refused to pay his caregivers.
Reynolds should rethink her press releases on this issue. They do not reflect the reality of what is going on in this state. The current governor has no obligation to continue defending a disaster set in motion by her predecessor.
She does, however, have an obligation to be honest with the nearly 600,000 Iowans who rely on Medicaid, the thousands of health providers who serve them and the taxpayers funding the program. Unfortunately, such honesty is painfully absent. “
Today, the Iowa Democratic Party celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
The First Vice Chair of the Party, Andrea Phillips, released the following statement:
“The 19th Amendment is not only a recognition of the equal status of women in civil society, but also our power to organize. Women came together to fight against their own disenfranchisement and won. It’s a testament to our strength, a strength that we need now more than ever.
There’s a lot at stake for women right now.
Women still aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work, and the disparity is even greater for women of color. I was appalled to see Iowan women’s rights to make private health care decisions about our own bodies taken from us by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by the Branstad-Reynolds administration. Then we saw Republicans in Congress try to charge women more for health insurance simply because of our biology. And these issues are far more difficult to tackle when women don’t have a seat at the table. Women only make up 19% of Congress and 22% of the Iowa State Legislature.
Just like women came together to pass the 19th Amendment, we need to channel that spirit to keep fighting for equality, keep fighting for our rights. When we work together, records are broken, laws are changed, and Iowa moves forward. We’re ready to do that again in 2018.”
In the wake of his failure to truly condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis after the violence in Charlottesville, the Iowa Democratic Party is calling on all Iowa elected officials to denounce President Trump and support censure efforts in Congress.
Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Troy Price, released the following statement on this call:
“President Trump’s inability to condemn people who are trying to tear the very fabric of our nation apart is deep offense.
We are calling on all of our Iowa elected officials, including Governor Reynolds, Senators Ernst and Grassley, and Representatives Blum, Young, and King, to denounce President Trump and support censure efforts in Congress.
Trump’s failures in the face of hatred reveal a man unfit for the presidency, and it is time for everyone, regardless of party, to hold him accountable.
We cannot allow this man and the hate organizations he abets to normalize the idea that anyone different from him is less deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Iowa has a proud tradition of putting party aside and standing for the greater good our our people and our state. It is time for all of our Iowa elected officials to honor this tradition.”
Today, Iowa Democratic Party Senior Caucus Chair Jean Pardee released the following statement to mark the 82nd Anniversary of Social Security:
“The American Dream doesn’t end with retirement. Eighty-two years ago, President Roosevelt made a promise to American workers that they could enjoy financial security in retirement. A promise that we, as Americans, would work together to thank those who came before us and that we could enjoy the same benefits once we reached retirement age as well.
Unfortunately, we have seen Donald Trump and his Republican cohorts trying to break this promise. The Trump Budget would slash billions from the program and put Baby Boomers and future generations in jeopardy. Social Security is vital to providing working and middle class Americans the dignity they deserve in retirement. Iowa Democrats are ready for this fight. We’re ready to step up and speak out against any attempt to cut benefits to our seniors now or in the future. We will not allow Donald Trump and his reckless administration to break this promise.”