DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in reaction to news that Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad, has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be Ambassador to China:
“Congratulations to Governor Branstad. This is an incredibly important post to take. Governor Branstad’s long-term relationship with China’s President will hopefully result not only in a strong, positive relationship with China on behalf of the United States of America, but also a continued partnership with Iowa farmers, whose ag commodities are a central component of US trade–a boon for Iowa’s rural economy.”
DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor:
“Seventy-five years ago today, over two thousand military personnel lost their lives during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The attacks prompted the beginning of United States involvement in World War II, a war that would claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of our brave men and women. Today is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of those who fought and died in a war against tyranny and injustice.
“December 7, 1941 was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Let today serve as a reminder that we continue to live in a fragile, global environment that demands careful diplomacy and strategic communication with our allies. It is the responsibility of our leaders to command our military with poise and careful decision making to ensure the safety of civilians and members of our military.”
DES MOINES –In response to possible cuts and the privatization of Medicare health benefits under the Trump administration, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Andy McGuire, issued the following statement:
“Medicare is a necessary and indispensable health care program that ensures our elderly receive the adequate and affordable health care they deserve. Iowa houses one of the most elderly populations in the country, and it is the duty of our Representatives in Congress to preserve this vital program at all costs. Democrats applaud Congressman Dave Loebsack and his steadfast efforts to preserve and to strengthen Medicare services.
“We call on Representatives King, Blum and Young to join Congressman Loebsack in a commitment to the preservation of Medicare. An assault on Medicare would result in fewer doctors, less benefits and an increase in out-of-pocket costs. It is irresponsible for Paul Ryan and fellow GOP members of Congress to label Medicare as an ‘entitlement’ program. Medicare provides much needed health care to our senior citizens who have worked hard and earned these benefits.
“Iowa Democrats are fully prepared to continue to hold our elected officials accountable for their campaign promises, their rhetoric and their votes. Roughly fifteen percent of Iowa’s population is over the age of 65. Iowa Republican must put their constituents above partisan politics and fight to protect Medicare benefits without raising the retirement age or turning it into a voucher program.
“It has been a bitter election cycle, but now it is time for members of Congress to focus on pursuing policies that are in the best interests of the people, not party leaders or campaign donors. Iowans have entrusted Representatives King, Blum and Young to work on their behalf and protect their best interests. We believe this entails preserving a Medicare health care system that keeps millions of Iowans in good health and out of poverty.
Background: Over the weekend, the Des Moines Register blasted Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow Republicans for perpetuating false statements that claim Medicare is going broke because of the Affordable Health Care Act. This misinformation comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed Ryan’s political career. Many fear that under a Trump presidency that Ryan will finally have an opportunity to turn Medicare over to private companies who care more about turning a profit that the health care of tens of millions of America’s senior citizens.
Donald Trump has done little to allay fears of Medicare cuts as his choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, has introduced legislation in the past that made it easier for doctors to enter into private contracts with Medicare beneficiaries.
DES MOINES – Iowa US Senator, Chuck Grassley, met with fellow senior member of the Judiciary committee, Jeff Sessions, today to discuss the Alabama Senator’s possible confirmation as Attorney General under the Trump administration. Sessions is expected to sail smoothly through the confirmation process and meet little resistance from the committee where he enjoys support from several committee members including Sen. Grassley. As Attorney General, Sessions would be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer for the United States. Like several other potential Trump cabinet members, Sessions comes with plenty of baggage that includes years of controversy and allegations of racism. This appears to be a non-issue for Trump who set the tone for his administration just days after the election by appointing former Breitbart executive and alt-right advocate, Steve Bannon, his chief strategist.