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Give tax plans full review

2/21/18

Neither fairness nor adequate funding of state services appear to be the focus of either bill, but let’s give serious analysis a chance.

Medicaid expansion: Boost to economy

2/12/18

Iowa’s decision to participate in the Medicaid expansion has not only provided health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of low-wage workers, but also provided an enormous boost to the state’s economy.

Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’

1/10/18

We start off the legislative session not knowing where the funding will come from to maintain the services we have, with legislative leadership locked into an agenda to drive down those services, and no real sense of how the Governor will protect long-held priorities​ of Iowans.

‘Tis the season of giveaways

12/20/17

The tax bill puts the rhetoric of politicians and economic charlatans to the test — a test of trickle-down economics. It has never worked and will fail again.

Senate plan hurts poor, middle

11/20/17

When you look beyond the early years of this plan, you see that low- and middle-income Iowans are whacked by this plan in 2027.

Against tax spin: Wealthiest benefit

11/6/17

In Iowa, the House tax plan offers the wealthiest 1 percent an average tax break 143 times the size of the break at the middle — while threatening services that help middle-class taxpayers and support the safety net.

Budget: No rose-colored glasses

9/20/17

Iowans need to keep their eye on the ball, and not through rose-colored glasses. We need to be aware of our challenges ahead, the very real cuts to education we have seen, and the prospect of cuts in Medicaid and access to health care.

More health coverage for Iowans

9/13/17

New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three years.

Focus on fixing insurance exchange

8/3/17

The problems with the insurance exchange in Iowa are fixable — and not a good excuse to fund tax cuts to the wealthy by forcing tens of thousands of Iowans off health insurance.

IFP News: ACA repeal plans jeopardize health care gains in Iowa

6/22/17

Not only would changes proposed in AHCA reverse gains in coverage, but they would end Medicaid as we know it.