“Iowans sent me to Washington with a clear mandate: repeal Obamacare. I am determined to stand up for Iowans and people all across America and fulfill my promise to them—that I am committed to stopping this failed law and paving the way to implement real health care reform that ensures folks have affordable coverage and access to needed health care services.”
CALL JONI ERNST: (202) 224-3254
Probably a good idea to put this number in your phone. Also, we suggest putting Grassley’s number, and the other Iowa members of congress, particularly your representative, your state reps and the governor’s office in your phone. There is going to be a lot of calling to do.
I received this letter from Joni Ernst; please give it a read if you have time. This is my reaction to it. Are we to believe that the most pressing issues she is hearing about are framed in this way: “Oh, just wondering, how does Donald Trump pick his nominees? Nothing much else on my mind..” and “Oh, btw, what are your thoughts on Obamacare? I’m not worried about losing my health care or anything, just curious what you’re thinking..”
I happen to know for a fact that she’s hearing some stiff opposition because I and my co-editor here at Blog for Iowa Dave Bradley, met with one of her staffers about our concerns about losing the ACA, Medicare, and Social Security. As lefty liberals from eastern Iowa, this statement by Ernst confirms what I already suspected, that we don’t actually exist in her mind. I am quite sure we are not the only ones to have contacted her office in opposition to repealing the ACA. According to the Des Moines Register, 240,000 Iowans could lose their health care if they repeal Obamacare.
Republicans don’t mind pretending that they’re only hearing from people who support their view. But just in case, why not give them a call just to make sure they’re lying when they say they aren’t hearing from us.
Good afternoon –
Each day, I hear from Iowans across our great state about important issues, legislation, and their ideas. I am so appreciative of your questions and feedback, and I always look forward to hearing from you.
Below are my thoughts on some of the questions I’ve received recently
Recent Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: How does President Trump pick his nominees?
ANSWER: On Friday, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He has been tasked with appointing approximately 4,000 individuals to staff the executive branch.
Positions that require Senate confirmation include the secretaries and undersecretaries of executive branch agencies and departments, such as the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Defense – to name a few. Top positions at certain commissions and independent agencies may also be subject to Senate approval. As a United States Senator, I intend to fully vet each and every one of these nominees to ensure that the American people have qualified and capable individuals in these leadership positions.
QUESTION: What do you think should happen with ObamaCare?
ANSWER: As you are aware, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, was passed into law in 2010. This law is wrongly rooted in a Washington knows best mentality that has left the American people with a string of broken promises. President Obama promised health insurance premiums would go down under ObamaCare by $2,500. They haven’t. In fact, Iowans looking for health care plans on the exchange are potentially facing an increase in premiums between 19 and 43 percent.
Americans were promised job creation and economic growth, but instead, we have seen employers reduce employee hours in an effort to avoid ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Worse, the law’s many burdensome taxes have been passed onto patients, further increasing the costs of health care and making the “Affordable Care Act” unaffordable.
It’s time to repeal this failed law and replace it with quality, affordable alternatives. Patients, families, and doctors are best suited to make personal health care decisions, not bureaucrats in Washington.
Iowans sent me to Washington with a clear mandate: repeal Obamacare. I am determined to stand up for Iowans and people all across America and fulfill my promise to them—that I am committed to stopping this failed law and paving the way to implement real health care reform that ensures folks have affordable coverage and access to needed health care services.
QUESTION: How can we reduce unnecessary federal government regulations?
ANSWER: Earlier this month, I helped re-introduce the REINS Act , legislation that would increase accountability and transparency in the federal rulemaking process by requiring all new major rules to be approved by Congress. As defined by the legislation, a major rule is a regulation that has an economic impact of $100 million or more, is likely to result in price or cost increases for consumers, industries, governments, or regions, or is likely to adversely impact competition, employment, investment, or productivity.
Like many Iowans, I am concerned that excessive and burdensome federal regulations are holding back our economy. The REINS Act restores transparency and accountability in Washington by requiring congressional approval for major rules and limiting the reach of federal government agencies. The REINS Act will allow elected officials to review new major rules and regulations that will have a significant impact on Iowans – and folks across the country. We must continue working to find solutions that enable our economy to thrive rather than being stymied under burdensome federal rules and regulations.
I am honored to represent you in Washington, and am here to serve you. If you are looking for more information, need assistance with a federal agency, or have questions or concerns you’d like to share with me, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can send me an email, call, or see our office locations by clicking here .