Help me work for health care reform


Recently, an Iowan asked U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley at a forum why he couldn’t have the same insurance that Sen. Grassley has.

The senator’s answer? “You can. Just go work for the federal government.”

I don’t believe you should have to work for the federal government just to get quality, affordable health care.

Over the last three years, Iowa has been leading the nation in health care reform.


Democrats and Republicans have worked together to make sure every Iowa child has access to quality, affordable health care by 2011 and we’re well on our way to reaching that goal.

But we’ve got more work to do. Thousands of Iowans still don’t have health insurance and many more can hardly afford the health care they’ve got or don’t have adequate coverage when they need it the most.

We need Congress to reform our health care system to reduce costs, expand coverage and improve quality. Every Iowan deserves the “three A’s” of health care: affordable, accessible and available.

As the health care debate continues this summer, our Congressional delegation needs to hear from Iowans about the urgent need for health care reform. Their efforts should model the bipartisan efforts in the Iowa General Assembly. We’ve posted a link on our Web page at for Iowans to send a message to our congressional delegation.

I hope Iowans will join me in working for meaningful health care reform.

Mark Smith, State Representative

Iowa House Human Resources Committee, Chair

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