DES MOINES – Today, as Iowa members of Congress prepare to vote on legislation that would take health care away from 24 million Americans and drive up premiums for older America, IDP Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement.
“No matter how Iowa’s GOP congressional delegation votes today, it will not change the fact that Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young voted time and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. King spearheaded a bill on the first day of the 2017 congressional session to do just that and rob hundreds of thousands of Iowans of their insurance coverage. Both Blum and Young voted, without hesitation, to move forward with a bill to repeal this past January.
“The alternative plan proposed today in the U.S. House threatens health care for 250,000 Iowans, drives up out-of-pocket costs, and rolls back funding for Medicaid. It is irresponsible and disingenuous for any Iowa Republican in Congress to now claim they care about protecting Medicaid for the poor and disabled and driving down the costs of health care for the average American.
“The Republicans had seven years to come up with an alternative national health care plan. The fact that this piece of legislation is the best plan Republicans could come up with shows just how low affordable health insurance is on their list of priorities.”
Background: Today, the U.S. House is expected to vote on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act that guarantees health insurance coverage for an estimated 250,000 Iowans. Iowa GOP Congressmen Blum , Young and King have voted repeatedly to repeal of the ACA.