Letters to the Editor

Ernst must be held accountable on the ACA

When the ACA (Obamacare) became law in 2013, millions of Americans, including 132,000 Iowans, got healthcare coverage. Thousands of young Iowans were able to remain on their parents’ plans. For a million Iowans, lifetime limits on healthcare plans were eliminated. And over a million Iowans with pre-existing conditions were no longer denied coverage. Health care became available to many thousands of Iowans previously denied coverage by insurance companies under the free market system.

During a recent interview on KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Sen. Joni Ernst stated she supports repealing Obamacare and returning health care to the free market system.

Although Ernst claims she supports keeping the pre-existing condition clause, she has voted seven times with Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, including the pre-existing condition clause. In addition, 20 Republican-run states are suing the federal government to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.

Senator Ernst needs to be held accountable for her actions as she is willing to end a critical program for Iowans in need of adequate and affordable health care. We need a senator who will always stand up for Iowans.

Robert Sprengeler

Cedar Rapids

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