How Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Increases Iowa Insurance Plan Premiums

The 2017 blizzard continues this summer, not with blowing snow, but with political maneuvering taking place in Washington on ‘healthcare reform.’ For the record, it is really not ‘healthcare’ that is being addressed by the Republicans, but a ‘health insurance’ makeover – specifically for non-employer coverage purchased by individuals and Medicaid (for low-income Americans). Real ‘healthcare’ reform would aggressively attack the root causes that make insurance grossly expensive. Instead, the political insanity continues by focusing on the symptoms of the core problems – the exorbitant health insurance premiums we pay. In lieu of reducing the enormous waste built into American […]

Bolkcom: Reynolds, Stand Up For Iowa’s Healthcare Exchange

An open letter to the governor from State Senator Joe Bolkcom Dear Governor Reynolds: [Last week], you will have had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with President Trump in Cedar Rapids. I support your announced plan to raise the issue of Iowa’s failing individual insurance market.  However, that issue is only one part of Iowa’s health care problems. Governor Reynolds, you must be aware that the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is rushing to send President Trump health care legislation.  This legislation will devastate Iowa families, Iowa health care providers, the State of Iowa’s budget, and the Iowa economy. That’s why Iowans […]

“The Political Party” Launches Millennial Vote Events Aimed At Progressive Issues

This year has been a whirlwind for politics. We started out the year with stories of an impassioned movement, often described as a “revolution” among young people participating in politics. Unfortunately, much of that talk fizzled following the presidential primary season, leaving many young people feeling powerless, disheartened, and skeptical of candidates and the elections process at large. We have an opportunity to change that narrative of politics. We have to empower young people and show them how to use their voice. By focusing on issues rather than on candidates, perhaps we can reignite that same passion again in young […]

The 2016 Election and the Economic War on Women – Part 5

Part 5 of the series. View Part 1, 2, 3, 4 on IDD’s website Reprinted with permission by People for the American Way Major players working to stop women’s economic freedom measures American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) As People For the American Way wrote in a report on ALEC, the organization “is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators and work with them to get special-interest legislation introduced.” Corporations pay dues to the organization and earn the privilege of meeting with state legislatures and presenting them with corporate-friendly model legislation. ALEC bills that have spread across […]