What Iowans Need To Know About Trump’s Latest Health Care Sabotage

Truman on health care

From Matt Sinovic at Progress Iowa:

This week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which revives a call to repeal the Affordable Care Act and lays out massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The administration’s budget reveals just how steadfast it remains in trying to take away Americans’ health care. 

Here are five things you need to know about Trump’s Health Care Sabotage Budget: 

  1.  President Trump’s Budget Revives The Failed Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill That Would Repeal Medicaid Expansion And ACA Subsidies Only To Replace Them With Inadequate Block Grants, Ultimately Cutting Medicaid By More Than $1 Trillion.  

By shifting to a block grant program and eliminating funding for Medicaid expansion, the administration would cut Medicaid by more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

   2.  The Budget Would Impose Onerous Work Requirements On Medicaid Enrollees Nationwide, Which Is Estimated To Cause Up To 4 Million People To Lose Coverage.

This unprecedented move would completely alter Medicaid as we know it, requiring people nationwide to meet onerous work and reporting requirements in order to maintain their Medicaid coverage. The Kaiser Family Foundation has estimated that a national Medicaid work requirement would cause up to 4 million people to lose coverage, most of them losing coverage due to paperwork and red tape.

   3.  The President’s Budget Could Impose Premiums On Up To 4.2 Million Low-Income Uninsured People Who Are Currently Eligible For A Plan That Requires $0 In Premiums.

As CQ’s Mary Ellen McIntire reports:

“The budget proposes all exchange enrollees who are eligible for subsidies “contribute something” to their coverage, meaning people who currently pay $0 in premiums would have to make some sort of payment. Kaiser found that could apply to 4.2M uninsured.”

   4.  The President’s Slashes HHS’s Operating Costs By 12 Percent. 

Trump’s budget would slash funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, the department responsible for administering the Affordable Care Act by 12 percent. As Politico reports, the budget request  “assumes that Congress will succeed in repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

    5.  The Budget Proposes Cutting More Than $800 Billion From Medicare Over A Decade. Despite repeatedly promising not to cut Medicare, President Trump’s budget would cut roughly 10 percent of Medicare’s funding over the next ten years to help pay for tax cuts to insurance and big drug companies.

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Legislative Forums, Meet Congressman Loebsack, State Issues

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Congressman Dave Loebsack

It is Saturday, so this means a chance to go to legislative forums or possibly meet your member of congress. As we have noted before, we get information on the legislative forums from  infonetiowa.org  

Meet Congressman Loebsack:

 Saturday, March 16

West Branch


Reid’s Beans

106 E. Main Street



Coffee Belt 210 

East Second Street

West Liberty


El Patio

214 North Columbus Street

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Legislative Forums March 16 – 22:

03/16/2019 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Legislative Coffee – Fairfield

03/16/2019 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Burlington

03/16/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Arlington

03/16/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Manson

03/16/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Burlington

03/16/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Newton

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Coffee – Washington

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Hiawatha

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Algona

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Monroe

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Harlan

03/16/2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mason City

03/16/2019 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Legislative Forum – Postville

03/16/2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Knoxville

03/18/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

03/19/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Town Hall – Algona

03/20/2019 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Town Meeting – DeWitt

03/21/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Town Meeting – Durant

03/21/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Town Hall – Charter Oak

03/22/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

03/22/2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Keokuk

03/22/2019 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Listening Post – Muscatine

Forums and listening posts are listed in time and date order. Click on the highlighted event to find the location in that city. Once again, our bug thanks to the folks at infonectiowa.org.

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Bad Ideas from GOP Lawmakers
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SJR 21 Constitutional Amendment banning abortion in all cases Senate State Government/House Judiciary Contact your lawmaker
SF 237/HF 503 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Senate Floor/House Floor Contact your lawmaker
HJR 13/SJR 18 Eliminates Background Checks; allows guns on college campuses, state fairgrounds, school buses House Floor
SF 508 Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (similar to North Carolina) Senate Floor
SF 372 Vouchers for private schools/home schools Senate Floor
HF 636 Allows concealed weapons in weapon free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces House Floor
SF 296 Reinstates the death penalty Senate Floor
SF 307/HF 438 Repeal the state inheritance tax House Ways & Means
SF 575 GOP voter suppression bill Senate Floor
Democratic Bills: Improving Life for Everyday Iowans
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
HF 135/SF 156 Fixing Medicaid Privatization House/Senate Human Resources
HF 383 Investing in public schools beyond rate of inflation House Education Committee (GOP passed another record low investment in public schools)
HF 147/SF 176 Restoring the rights of Iowa workers House/Senate Labor
SF 107 Protect the wages earned by employees Senate Labor
HF 109/SF 117 Reasonable accomodations for prenancy/child birth House/Senate Labor
SF 72 Affordable housing/revitalizing old homes Senate State Government
HF 91/SF 247 Raise Minimum Wage House/Senate Labor
SF 104/HF 221 Expand Medical cannabis use House Public Safety
HF 129 End GOP voter suppression/voter ID law House State Government
HF 501 Help working families with high cost of child care House Human Resources
Signed In to Law
HF 306 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate; Signed by Governor
Dead for the Year
HF 257 Eliminate education funding to Planned Parenthood House Human Resources Committee
SF 27 Prohibits tenure at state universities/community colleges Senate Education
SF 28 Vouchers + eliminate Iowa Dept. of Education & Iowa Public TV Senate Education
HF 542 Prohibits state dollars from acquiring public land for parks, bike trails, hunting, fishing, or other recreation House Natural Resources
HF 51 Allows concealed weapons in places of worship House Public Safety
SF 259 Personhood; bans abortion in all cases Senate Judiciary Comittee
HF 160 Expands & reduces requirements for Charter Schools House Education
HF 448/SF 238/SF 239 Loosens requirements on immunizations House Human Resources
HF 249 Legalize the date rape drug and other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD House Public Safety
HF 248 Legalize mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs House Public Safety
HF 118 Eliminates permits to carry concealed guns; allows guns on school grounds House Public Safety
HF 194 Requires Iowa kids to read a Russian book before graduating high school House Education Committee
HF 187 Prohibits fluoride in drinking water House Environmental Protection
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Former Fox News President: “It’s Not Healthy”

Listen to this podcast on NPR’s On Point


Former Fox News president Joe Peyronnin says the network is now President Trump’s “own press organization.” And that’s “not healthy.”


Why Fox is unprecedented

Nicole Hemmer:  “Is it propaganda? A resounding yes. Unprecedented is the personal relationships and the interplay between Fox News and the Trump administration. The revolving door between the network and the White House is unprecedented.”

How is it difference from MSNBC offering liberal ideas?

Dylan Byers: “Differences are stark. Difference is that pre-Fox News in the Trump era there was an expectation of integrity, adhering to certain set of facts.  Fox is in the business of ignoring facts of the day and going on tirades and and attacking news organizations and liberals instead.  Fox working in concert with the Trump administration takes it to a level that no other news organization has gone with any  administration. Decisions made by White House and Fox News – difficult to tell who is leading the way.”

The Making of the Fox News White House

“Hannity was treated in Texas like a member of the Administration because he virtually is one. The same can be said of Fox’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch. Fox has long been a bane of liberals, but in the past two years many people who watch the network closely, including some Fox alumni, say that it has evolved into something that hasn’t existed before in the United States. Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor of Presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and the author of ‘Messengers of the Right,’ a history of the conservative media’s impact on American politics, says of Fox, ‘It’s the closest we’ve come to having state TV.’

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DNC Dumps Fox News

The Democratic National Committee has made two smart decisions recently that reflect that they are serious about winning in 2020.  One was putting Howard Dean in charge of their voter data sharing program. The other surprisingly bold decision made by the DNC was banning Fox News from covering primary debates.  “Faux” News is not neutral and not a real news organization, but rather pathetic partisan pandering. We should never have participated in Fox sponsored presidential debates because it only served to reinforce the belief that Fox is a legitimate news organization.  This country will not survive as long as we continue pretending.  Bravo DNC for finally standing up to the propaganda machine.  This should give us all hope.

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Dean: “Our Base is Women, People of Color and Young People”

Howard Dean is no longer just the former DNC chair. He is currently in charge of the Democrat National Committee voter data program.  Smart move by the DNC. The DNC also showed some gumption by banning Fox News from hosting any primary debates.  Dean’s message about the country needing young people to get involved goes back to his 2004 presidential run.  This is a good interview.

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Commercial Dog Breeding Bill Survives First Funnel

Updated Iowa Puppy Mill Map March 2019

Legislative update and action alert from Iowa Voters for Companion Animals:

Fantastic news – the Commercial Dog Breeding Bill (HSB227) passed out of the House State Government Committee by a 20/2 vote!

This means the bill survived the first funnel with significant bipartisan support and is now eligible to be considered by the full House chamber! 

Significant hurdles passed, now a few more to go! 

We are extremely appreciative of Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) for sponsoring the bill, Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) and Rep. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) for their initial and continued support of the bill, Rep. Ross Paustian (R-Walcott) for helping get the bill drafted, and each representative who has already voted YES!

Likewise, we are extremely grateful for each and every Iowan who reached out to their representative to alert them to this bill and encourage their initial support!


Iowa’s dogs and puppies need you to #BeTheirVoice today!

Iowa is currently home to the nation’s fourth largest commercial dog breeding industry, with more than 500 federally and state licensed commercial dog breeding and dealing facilities. Unfortunately, a lack of oversight, regulations, and enforcement has led to an industry rife with bad actors, or puppy mills. These puppy mills prioritize profit above animal welfare, resulting in inhumane conditions like those at the White Fire Kennel puppy mill case in Manly, Iowa. These puppy mills have tainted the entire industry, given all Iowa dog breeders a bad name, and led Iowa to be known as a leading puppy mill state. Such facilities also present significant consumer protection and human health concerns.

It is time Iowa addressed our puppy mill problem. The Commercial Dog Breeding Bill (HSB227) will require state oversight; improve standards of care to ensure all dogs and puppies are afforded proper food, water, housing, vet care, space, exercise, and socialization; improve transparency and accountability within the industry; and require consistent enforcement policies and actions.

Contact your representative and senator now to encourage them to vote YES on the Commercial Dog Breeding Bill (HSB227) to protect Iowa’s dogs and puppies, our state’s reputation and industry, and Iowans and our communities.

Thank you for always joining us to #BeTheirVoice.


Haley Anderson
Executive Director
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals

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Sanders Draws Crowds in Iowa, Signs Democratic Party Affirmation Document

Bernie Sanders and DNC Chair Tom Perez – photo credit New York Magazine

Seems like both the DNC and Bernie are serious about winning.

USA Today – Sen. Bernie Sanders signed a pledge, required under new Democratic National Committee rules, that declared he was a Democrat and would serve as one if elected president, according to media reports.

“I am a member of the Democratic Party,” the document signed by Sanders reads. “I will run as a Democrat, accept the nomination of my Party, and I will serve as a Democrat if elected.”

The document also spells out that the DNC Chair:

“is authorized to determine whether a presidential candidate has established substantial support for their nomination as the Democratic candidate for the office of the President of the United States, is a bona fide Democrat whose record of public service, accomplishments, public writings and/or public statements affirmatively demonstrate that the candidate is faithful to the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States, and will participate in the convention in good faith.”

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Worldwide Strike For The Climate Next Friday

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Beware the ides of March! School children around the world and in 30 states plan to stage walkouts to push Jose in power to start paying attention to climate change. Somebody wake up Ernst and Grassley.

These strikes are inspired by 16  year old activist Greta Thunberg who has been picketing the Swedish Parliament for several months. 

Strikers understand that they are facing a potentially bleak future unless there is some drastic action on climate. Predictions for 50 to 75 years in the future are scary unless global warming is at least stopped. These youngsters are doing what they can to get attention since they are not at the wheels of power.

From the Global Strike 4 The Future facebook page: 

March 15th, Global Climate Strike For Future! Call to the youth of the world

In 2015, our governments committed in Paris to protecting our future by providing a safe pathway well below 2C with Social and Climate Justice..

Three years have passed, and our future looks bleaker than ever! 

The greedy guess that 3C warming is ok. Climate scientists have evidence that even 2C will cause massive starvation, drought, fire tornados, floods, wars and death. 

All because today’s adults do not care about tomorrow. They are stealing our future right in front of our eyes! 

The adults are not mature enough to tell it how it is, even this they leave to us children!

And why should we be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly means nothing to our society? 

What use is education when our governments are not listening to the educated?

Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground.  

We can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. 

Greta Thunberg has inspired us, by striking every Friday in front of her Swedish parliament.

Since August, 2018, many thousands of students, have been striking in front of 300 parliaments and town halls in over 30 countries worldwide.

And now on March 15, we will all create a Deep strike together! To show the Climate Crisis is a Crisis! Join Us!

We are striking to tell our governments to do their homework and give us Proof!

We Need Proof of a safe pathway well below 2C! 

If adults can not provide proof, be honest, admit this failure and join our strike!

All honest adults, without Proof, will join our strike on March 15th! 

Tell your adults to support our strike, tell them they have to come with you, tell them you need them so that you can simply have a chance to survive in the future!

For 40 years, of all political colours, have been losing the war on climate change! 

Now there is only time to reduce the amount of disaster.

We Need Proof! Global Climate Strike For Future! Call to the youth of the world!”


Do you have children? Grandchildren? Great-grandchildren? Do you want them to have a chance to grow up and enjoy a full life? It is past time to start voting like it. Perhaps the firs t question every candidate should answer is about their stand on climate change. If they don’t want to be in the forefront of change, it is time to get another candidate.

Greta Thunberg, TED talk 11 minutes:

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Sunday Funday: @#*&%^!(  Time Change Edition

(3 minutes)

Just so I didn’t mislead you about the practice of changing the clock twice a year, I thought I would make the title fairly self-explanatory. 

So good morning and welcome to another 8 months of “daylight” time. This will include a couple of missed appointments, maybe a late arrival at work and some growly, owley days until your body finally gives up and admits defeat to the new time. The reasons given for changing the clocks twice a year have been pretty much debunked, but we go on doing it.

The only good thing I can see is that Dear Leader has one less hour to lie, cheat and steal today. Yet I think he will make up for it somehow. He has standards.

When you listen to the news do you often feel like you are swirling around in ——— well something that resembles a household utility?

Reminder that it is Women’s History month, so there will be a few questions mixed in.

  1. The name Cindy Yang is suddenly all over the news. Who is she?
  1. The US added @ 20,000 jobs in February. Canada with about 10% of our population added how many jobs in February?
  1. Dear Leader promised to greatly decrease – maybe eliminate – our trade deficit. How did figures out this week show he was doing on that promise?
  1. What person was cited by Judge TS Ellis who stated at sentencing “He has lived an otherwise blameless life”?
  1. Another opening at the White House if you are interested. What person hired about 9 months ago found himself pounding pavement Friday morning?
  1. What fourth Trumpublican senator has promised to vote against Dear Leader’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border?
  1. What new member of congress became the first Native American woman to chair the House?
  1. The US House took time to vote on a resolution condemning hate. How did Iowa’s Steve King, often accused of hate speech, vote on this resolution?
  1. What company sent a human capable capsule to the ISS and successfully returned it this week?
  1. What woman wrote the book “Silent Spring” in the 1960s? This book is usually cited as the book that kicked off the environmental movement.
  1. Visiting tornado struck areas of Alabama, Dear Leader didn’t throw paper towel rolls, but instead handed out what?
  1. In Iowa City, Iowa, a church had graffiti sprayed on the outside of their building, including what symbol of hate?
  1. What woman led the “March of the Mill Children” in 1903 to Theadore Roosevelt’s vacation home to highlight the scourge of child labor?
  1. Several Democrats announced last week that they would not run for president including what two former cabinet members of the Obama Administration?
  1. New reports said that Dear Leader illegally tried to get the Justice Department to intervene and stop what merger?
  1. What newly appointed US senator revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while she was in the Air Force?
  1. The Lordstown, Ohio auto plant was shut down by what company Wednesday putting over 1400 out of work?
  1. Doctors announced that a man had been cured of what disease that was once a death sentence for those who had it?
  1. What drug company is contemplating bankruptcy because of all the lawsuits against its star product, OxyContin?
  1. The Iowa Supreme Court Friday ruled that Medicaid funds could be used for what surgery for which it was once banned?



“Except for that negative stuff the media dwells on Ted Bundy lived an otherwise blameless life.”


  1. The owner of the Spa where Robert Kraft was arrested. She is a big Trump donor.
  1. 56,000
  1. It has blown to new record historic deficits at $891 billion
  1. Paul Manafort, a paragon of virtue!
  1. Bill Shine, communications director – wanted to spend more time with his family
  1. Rand Paul
  1. Deb Haaland of New Mexico
  1. Present
  1. SpaceX
  1. Rachel Carson
  1. Autographed copies of the bible
  1. The swastika
  1. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones
  1. Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder
  1. AT&T with Time-Warner
  1. Martha McSally of Arizona (suppose her party will treat her any better than they treated Christine Blakey-Ford?)
  1. GM – shutdown caused by steel tariffs dear Leader imposed.
  1. HIV – he is the second to have this procedure
  1. Perdue Pharmacy
  1. Gender reassignment. This will cause Trumpublicans in Iowa to really push their Judge selection  bill.

Andy Borowitz: 

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Capping a singularly disastrous week for the Commander-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump stormed out of a Washington, D.C., McDonald’s restaurant on Friday after failing to close a six-dollar Meal Deal at the establishment.

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Joni Spreads The Manure Far, Wide And Deep


this month’s “Make ’em Squeal” 

Joni Ernst is really rolling out the pig manure these days. This month’s version of her running joke that shows how little she knows about what is going on “Make ‘Em Squeal” is a hoot.

Ernst starts out by simply stating that something that is little more than a slogan with some high minded general ideas has a price tag on it already. Not just a price tag but a huge price tag of $93 Trillion. Where did Ernst, a senator who should be dealing with reality, come up with that number? Who the hell knows? She doesn’t say. It seems to be a number that is knocking around right wing circles these days so I guess that makes it true. Trumpublicans just make things up these days and claim it as fact.

Although I must say I was critical that Joni’s piddly little million dollar targets were a joke compared to the way Trumpublicans waste money under this administration – a full border wall will cost upwards of $25 Billion – and that may depend on how much of a kickback that Trump gets. So I will give Ernst credit, $93 Trillion is more than a million. Since Ernst is making up numbers why not make it $500 Trillion?

Funny thing happened the same day as Ernst’s newest joke came out. Newly proclaimed presidential candidate Governor Jay Inslee of Washington made an appearance on “The View.” One of Inslee’s major creds is his work in the environmental field. As the saying goes, it is Inslee’s thing.

So View conservative in residence, Meghan McCain, decided she would really nail Gov. Inslee with that $93 Trillion, by golly. What follows is  – well watch for yourself: (8 minutes)

Odd that climate change, which if left unabated will be totally catastrophic, is not in McCain’s “top 30” of issues. And it is imminent. We have already passed many tipping points, meaning damage has been done that can’t be undone. McCain’s arguments are the same manure that Ernst is spreading.

Once again, Ernst these days seems to see her job as spreading Trumpublican talking points without question and without any back up data. She throws out bogus numbers on something that really doesn’t even exist. But then Ernst’s job these days is too spread fear so voters will vote against their best interests.

The Green New Deal, whatever form it takes, will be much more in our interests than letting the one place we have to live in the universe to simply rot. Plus there will be huge economic opportunities created by trying to fix this huge planetary problem. Do we want to lead the effort and have the lead input into what shape it takes or do we want to sit back, let China, Europe and others lead the way and we buy their technology. 

Whatever the bill, it will be an investment, not a cost. Remember other such projects such as the rural electrification, the interstate highway system, space exploration and the moon landing and the internet? They weren’t costs, they were investments that paid back many, many times over. I believe the interstates and the internet were birthed under Republicans.

But then, Ernst is a Trumpublican which is dependent on selling fear through lies and misinformation. Restoring the only place in the universe where we exist is necessary and a great economic opportunity that Ernst is trying to talk us out of. There is no “Planet B.” 

Ernst does state this in her little missive:

“Now, don’t get me wrong. Increasing our reliance on renewables is a good goal, and one I support, but we have to be realistic about our current energy capabilities and needs.”

Sorry, Joni, but our current effort is woefully short. And we shouldn’t be looking at today’s energy needs. We need to look out decades and envision our needs in many areas including energy, food, land management and many other areas. We need to shoot for these goals using methods that allow use to live and thrive on the only planet we have.

It is way past time for short-sighted people like Joni Ernst to be put out in the pasture by Iowans who understand that the status quo or small improvements are woefully inadequate. We need visionary leaders not peddlers of fear who answer to America’s moneyed interests.

Donate to the Defeat Joni Ernst Fund 

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