Rod Blum, David Young, and Steve King all voted to support the current incarnation of the American Health Care Act and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The vote took place just moments ago, with 20 Republicans joining a full Democratic vote of ‘no’ on the measure making the final vote count 217 yea, 213 nay, 1 abstaining.
The American Health Care Act has been under fire as a “political trainwreak” since its inception, and concerns many groups for the reckless treatment of those with pre-existing condition, as it shifts the decision to include the mandate of coverage to the states.
Iowans are already taking to phones and computers to cut off the measure at the Senate. To add your voice you can contact:
Des Moines office: Phone: 515-288-1145/Fax: 515-288-5097
Washington DC office: Phone: 202-224-3744/Fax: 202-224-6020
Des Moines office: Phone: (515) 284-4574/Fax: (515) 284-4937
Washington DC office: Phone: (202) 224-3254/Fax: (202) 224-9369
People in Iowa’s First Congressional District will have the opportunity to voice their concerns on the vote to their elected official, Rod Blum, in a series of town halls. You may attend those meetings at the following times and locations:
May 8th – Dubuque Senior High School Nora Gym – 7PM
1800 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA
May 9th – Kirkwood Community College Johnson Hall Gym – 7PM
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
May 10th – Cedar Falls High School Gym – 7PM
1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, IA
May 11th – Marshalltown Community College Babe Harder Gym – 12PM
3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA
PVI would like to encourage on medical professionals, social workers, and those who are fearful of what this change would mean for them, to contact us and tell us your story.
This bill still has to pass the Senate. It is not yet the law of the land, but it is getting dangerously close.
Note from the Editor-in-Chief: Democratic representatives were reported to be singing the Steam song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” at Republican lawmakers as the measure passed, as this was seen as a boondoggle for Republicans and would offer a way to bludgeon Republican incumbents in 2018.
While it is understood that this will likely help Democratic candidates in 2018, I view it as a heartless display in a situation where millions are going to be harmed by this hasty, face-saving act. Singing in celebration in response to an action that would result in the potential death and harm of this country’s poorest citizens is disgusting and unacceptable, and only furthers the idea that Democrats are more focused on winning elections than actually helping the citizens of this country.
If you want to start winning elections, actually show you give a damn about the people that you expect to turn out for you at the polls.