Joni Ernst on Health Care



Failed mindset gave us policies like ObamaCare

We see the hurt caused by canceled healthcare plans and higher monthly insurance bills. Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like ObamaCare. It's a mindset that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions.

We'll keep fighting to repeal and replace a health care law that's hurt so many hardworking families.

Source: GOP response to the 2015 State of the Union address , Jan 20, 2015

ObamaCare is egregious overreach of federal government

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Ernst: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Ernst: Strongly Agree. Affordable Care Act: A clearly egregious overreach of federal government.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Ernst: Affordable Care Act- A clearly egregious overreach of federal government.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits

Braley would keep and fix the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Ernst would repeal it.

Ernst's low point was "stubbornly pushing the claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits, an argument repeatedly debunked by nonpartisan fact checkers, and her confusion on a question about current 'job-killing' regulations, where she cited cap-and-trade, which is not law," a pundit said.

Source: Des Moines Register on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 29, 2014

Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa

Ernst scored in response to the first question, which was about ObamaCare. She pointed out that she was the only one on the stage who has actually stood up against ObamaCare, because she voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
Source: Kevin Hall in Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Oct 24, 2013

Staunchly opposed to ObamaCare

Repeal and Replace Obamacare: Joni is staunchly opposed to the Obamacare law. Joni supports immediate action to defund Obamacare, repeal it, and replace it with free-market alternatives that put patients first, and healthcare decisions back in the hands of doctors rather than bureaucrats.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" , Sep 9, 2013

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