Theresa Greenfield on Health Care



Medicaid expansion, but not Medicare-for-All

Greenfield: Iowans have pre-existing conditions and they want those protections. Families want to keep their children on their health insurance. Goodness knows Medicaid expansion has kept our rural hospitals open. I've just talked to too many Iowans across this state who already drive 20, 30 miles to get health care. Senator Ernst's vote could close our rural hospitals.

Ernst: The Democrats' plan, which would eventually lead us to Medicare-for-All, would actually bankrupt about 52 of our rural health care systems.

Greenfield: I don't support Medicare for all. But I do support strengthening and enhancing the Affordable Care Act, making sure that everyone has health care and in addition to that building in a public option which creates competition and brings down those prices. Senator Joni Ernst did the exact opposite. She voted multiple times to end the ACA, devastating health care for so many Iowans who rely on coverage for pre-existing conditions, about 1.3 million Iowans.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

Health care is a right; build in a public option

Theresa Greenfield: Senator Joni Ernst voted multiple times to end the Affordable Care Act.

Ernst: One of the plans I supported was a bipartisan plan which would provide a government backstop for those that have the most expensive medical cases, those that do have pre-existing conditions. Making sure that the federal government is caring for those and providing equal access to health care products, making sure that they are affordable, that should be the federal government's role.

Greenfield: I believe health care is a right and we need to make sure that everyone has access to high quality and affordable health care. The way to do that is to strengthen and enhance the Affordable Care Act, build in a public option, creating competition, bringing down those prices and making sure that Medicare can negotiate for those prescription drug prices saving seniors a whole bunch of money, putting some nickels back in their pocket, and saving taxpayers about $500 billion.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

COVID: I do support a statewide mask mandate

Ernst: I do wear a mask but to mandate it, we know that it's unenforceable and we know that it doesn't work.

Greenfield: When it comes to wearing a mask, I do support a statewide mask mandate. Iowa has some of the highest cases of infections at this point in time and of course even the White House Task Force wants Iowa to have a mask mandate. We need testing. We need contact tracing. We need PPE for everyone and emergency protection standards.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

Strengthen ObamaCare; create public option

Health care is a right, not a privilege. Theresa supports access to quality, affordable health care --no matter who you are or where you live. That means strengthening our existing laws like the Affordable Care Act, creating a public health insurance option for Iowans to buy into, and working to bring down the cost of co-pays, prescription drugs, and health care as a whole.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website GreenfieldForIowa.com , Jun 2, 2020

Expand access to affordable health care

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate, Cory Booker (D. NJ), in support of Theresa Greenfield's (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign: I'm writing today about my friend, Theresa Greenfield, who is running to be a different kind of leader in Iowa. She's fighting for the issues we all care about: expanding access to affordable health care, protecting important programs like Social Security and Medicare, and investing in public education.
Source: DailyKos blog on 2020 Iowa Senate race , Dec 9, 2019

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