Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Democratic Party would like to welcome chair of the national Republican Party Ronna Romney McDaniel and former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the great state of Iowa.
“We’re going to leave the national politics to these beltway insiders, but we thought they might be interested to know how the GOP takeover in one of the nation’s critical swing states is going,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Iowans are hurting under Kim Reynolds and the GOP. That’s why Democrats are putting it all on the line to make life better for the people of Iowa, and we already have victories on the board. If the Republican Party wants to do right by our state, they should stop promoting the divisive politics of Donald Trump and start addressing the problems hardworking Iowa families face every day.”
Workers Under Siege
In the last legislative session, Republican lawmakers voted to strip collective bargaining rights and put in place burdensome regulations aimed at weakening public sector unions. Fortunately, this strategy has backfired spectacularly. Over 98% public sector union bargaining units organized and won recertification in impressive landslide victories. Now, these unions are fired up and ready to fight for candidates who will protect workers’ overtime pay and pensions – which are Democratic candidates.
For Profit Medicaid
Iowans are losing confidence in Governor Reynolds’ administration to run Medicaid. Last week, Governor Reynolds and the Department of Human Services announced that AmeriHealth Caritas would be pulling out of Iowa. Now, 215,000 poor and disabled Iowans have to switch to a new provider, burdening Iowa families that have already been stretched thin in this new system.
The switch to privately-run Medicaid has been nothing short of disastrous for the people of Iowa. Even before AmeriHealth Caritas pulled out, there were already lawsuits filed on behalf of Iowans who lost access to basic and, in some cases, lifesaving care.
Reynolds Budget Crisis
Fiscal responsibility is no longer owned by the Republican Party thanks to the Reynolds Budget Crisis.
GOP giveaways to out-of-state corporations have crippled state revenues and fallen far short of growth projections. As a result, lawmakers were forced to cut $118 million from critical government services and borrow another $144 million.
On the ground, Iowans are losing watchdogs at nursing homes, facing higher fees and long waits if a loved one dies, and are only protected by five overnight state troopers. The Governor is even threatening to break her promise to replace small town revenues that have been gutted by her policies, threatening funding for roads, schools, and law enforcement.
Chairwoman McDaniel and Mr. Spicer can learn more about the timeline of the crisis at reynoldsbudgetcrisis.org.