Governor Reynolds’ Medicaid Director, who already has a history of secrecy, was called to the carpet today after the estimated cost savings from Managed Care tripled without explanation. This comes after years of reports of Iowans being denied critical care, providers going without payment, and no concrete numbers on savings, which Reynolds claims precipitated the change in the first place.
Despite being specifically asked for details on cost savings, Reynolds’ Director Randol only provided vague, political rhetoric and refused to answer reporter questions. Randol even had the audacity to say “regardless of the methodology, there are savings,” despite the fact that the only reason he was there was to explain how he found the savings.
“Reynolds’ only argument in favor of her disastrous Medicaid program was cost-savings, which essentially dismisses vulnerable Iowans as numbers on a spreadsheet, and now she can’t even back that up with anything other than political talking points. Iowans’ lives are on the line, but the Reynolds Administration is too wrapped up in their campaign-driven rhetoric to care,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.
A few hours later through a spokesperson, Reynolds changed her position and declared the issue “settled” because she no longer wants to talk about LGBTQ civil rights for clearly political reasons.
Unfortunately, basic civil rights for LGBTQ Americans is not an issue that has been “settled.” And, while Governor Reynolds may find it politically inconvenient for her campaign, she has a duty to clarify her position on the LGBTQ civil rights that are still under attack from her own party in Iowa and across the nation.
Here are just some of the critical questions Reynolds has failed to answer:
Across Iowa this weekend, Iowans will be celebrating the LGBTQ community with Pride festivals. Democrats, and the majority of Iowans, believe that every person, no matter who they love or their gender identity, is worthy of the same rights, dignity, and respect.
Unfortunately, the Governor of Iowa disagrees. Even after Iowa became the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, Reynolds sponsored a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In 2015, Reynolds even advocated for a statewide referendum on marriage equality, even though the Iowa Supreme Court had already ruled on the issue.
“Governor Reynolds’ position on marriage equality is not only flat out wrong and disrespectful to the people of Iowa, she is drastically out of touch with Iowa values. Reynolds would rather bow to the extreme, conservative interests that fund her campaign than respect the human dignity of her own constituents, and for that alone, she does not deserve another four years in power,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
On this Throwback Thursday, the Iowa Democratic Party is taking it all the way back to last week when Governor Reynolds, once again, failed the people of rural Iowa who are counting on her in this critical time.
For a year now, Governor Reynolds has been bragging about her unprecedented access to the White House, but Iowans are still waiting for results.
This wait has become increasingly dire as the Des Moines Register reported that Trump’s trade war with Mexico could push losses for Iowa pork producers to $560 million.
“Either Kim Reynolds is completely ineffective in negotiations with President Trump on his dangerous trade war that will devastate Iowa’s agricultural economy or she’s choosing to let Trump off the hook and put party politics ahead of the people who need her most,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.
“She has done nothing to hold Donald Trump accountable, instead she welcomes his cronies with open arms. She has done nothing to produce solutions for the Iowa farmers – and their communities – who will be decimated by this trade war. Her talks on biofuels have clearly gotten us nowhere. Rural Iowans need leadership now more than ever, but Kim Reynolds can’t or won’t deliver.”