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    Did you know drug companies exploit charities to increase their profits? Neither did I before reading this piece by Austin Frerick. -promoted by desmoinesdem Susan, a 52-year-old mother of two from Indianola, thought she had landed the perfect job. She would be sitting behind a desk in Des Moines after years of working on her […]

    The post The human cost of Big Pharma’s greed: Overcharging the Hepatitis C cure appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    A little more than two weeks after House Republicans released their alternative to the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Rod Blum (IA-01) announced on Twitter that he will not support the American Health Care Act. According to Blum, the bill “doesn’t do enough to lower premiums for hardworking Americans. I’m a ‘no’ on current version […]

    The post Rod Blum comes out against Republican health care plan Updated: So does David Young appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Among the U.S. political developments I never would have predicted: the Republican-controlled Congress was unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act under a president ready to sign the bill into law. After canceling a planned floor vote today on the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged, “Obamacare is the law of the […]

    The post Seven years of false promises finally caught up with Republicans appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    With the exhausting battles of the 2017 legislative session behind us, Iowa Democrats can turn their attention to the most pressing task ahead. Next year’s gubernatorial election will likely determine whether Republicans retain unchecked power to impose their will on Iowans, or whether some balance returns to the statehouse. A record number of Democrats may […]

    The post John Norris: Why he may run for governor and what he would bring to the table appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Iowa’s Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst say they are “continuing to carefully look through the revised health care discussion draft” released by Senate Republican leaders last week. Iowans who have called the senators’ offices are likewise hearing from staffers that Grassley and Ernst have not decided whether to support the GOP alternative to the […]

    The post Senate bill would break health care promises from Grassley and Ernst appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    An Iowan with in-depth knowledge of the health care sector looks at lesser-known benefits that could be lost if Congress replaces the Affordable Care Act. -promoted by desmoinesdem The debate on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 health care reform law has focused on the provision of health care and the repeal of […]

    The post What no one is talking about in the “repeal and replace” debate appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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  • Ruth Thompson shares her remarks from the Our Lives on the Line health care rally in Des Moines on July 29. She has previously described how the Affordable Care Act saved her daughter from potentially severe medical complications and crushing debt. -promoted by desmoinesdem I’m a person with lived experience with disability and I’m the […]

    The post Our health care on the line appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    To all the Democrats who want to hear directly from each contender in the Iowa governor’s race before deciding how to vote next June: this post’s for you. Since Bleeding Heartland published seven pitches for gubernatorial candidates from a major party event this summer, Todd Prichard has left the race and Ross Wilburn has joined […]

    The post Seven more pitches for seven Iowa Democratic candidates for governor appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst joined all but one of their Republican colleagues to approve a $1.5 trillion tax cut and health care policy overhaul late last night. Whereas Ernst had told Iowans, “I look forward to carefully reviewing tax reform legislation in the Senate,” the final vote “came after Senate Republicans frantically […]

    The post So much for “carefully” considering tax reform appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Voters in Iowa’s first district favor an unnamed Democrat over two-term Representative Rod Blum by 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. Respondents in the same survey opposed the tax bill U.S. House Republicans approved last month by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin. The Not One […]

    The post IA-01: Rod Blum trails generic Democrat, voters don’t like tax bill appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Jeff Cox sees one gubernatorial contender best positioned to help Democrats become the majority party again. Bleeding Heartland welcomes guest posts advocating for candidates in competitive Democratic primaries. Please read these guidelines before writing. -promoted by desmoinesdem There is only one word to use when surveying the damage the Republicans are doing to Iowa and […]

    The post Democratic gubernatorial candidates should go back to the future appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Across the United States, trans health care is an unstable patchwork of "islands." Nowhere is this more evident than in Midwest states like Iowa and Indiana. -promoted by desmoinesdem

    The post Trans health care islands are tenuous appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    A newly-formed political non-profit sent two mass mailings to Iowa Democrats this week in support of Eddie Mauro, one of three candidates seeking the nomination in the third Congressional district. The website and Facebook page for Iowans for a Progressive Tomorrow do not indicate who is funding the effort, nor has the group filed 24-hour […]

    The post IA-03: Mystery group backing Eddie Mauro belatedly reported spending to FEC (updated) appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    First-person accounts of political events are always fun to read. Thanks to Susie Olesen, a semi-retired former teacher and school administrator in southwest Iowa, for this write-up. -promoted by desmoinesdem Senator Joni Ernst’s July 6 town hall at the high school auditorium in Shenandoah (Page County) was a well-attended, civil meeting. People who wanted to […]

    The post Report from Senator Joni Ernst’s town hall in Shenandoah appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.