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Letter: Grassley advocate for health care system

Dr. Eugene Nassif

I have had the honor to get to know Sen. Chuck Grassley as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association Legislative Committee.

I have reached out to the senator at his town-hall meetings, met him at festivals and events, such as the opening of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. I have met with him in his Washington, D.C. office close to 20 times representing my profession. I ran a 10K with the senator, dined, and danced with the Grassleys in Des Moines and Washington, D.C., socially and professionally.

Professionally, I have worked with Sen. Grassley on a bill in Congress, the HELLPP Act. The Senator seeks to lower the risk of amputations in his constituents recognizing that Iowa has one of the largest populations of diabetes in the U.S.

Sen. Grassley’s staff wrote much of the bill and was a lead sponsor with Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. He is co-sponsor of a VA bill to recruit and retain podiatric physicians, which would help improve our nation’s VA Health Care System.

Sen. Grassley has introduced me to a number of his friends and colleagues in the Senate. The senator has spent personal time with my family, including texting one of my sons who is in college. I consider Sen. Grassley a close friend and a friend of my profession. He has become an approachable warm friend to my family and a strong advocate for the health of his constituents and my profession. That is the real Sen. Grassley.

Dr. Eugene Nassif

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Iowa

Marion

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