Branstad and Reynolds advocate for better health care system to help Iowans

January 26, 2017

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently wrote a letter to leaders in Congress concerning proposals to improve health care solutions for the country and specifically Iowans. Congressional leaders are seeking advice from governors and lieutenant governors across the country concerning improvements that can be made to the healthcare system following the impending repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Writing to Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Branstad and Reynolds said, “First, Congress and the new Administration must repeal Obamacare, because it is unaffordable, unworkable, and unsustainable. We must then replace it with health care reform that is affordable for Iowans, empowers the consumer to have high quality health care, and provides states the flexibility they need to afford and sustain their Medicaid programs.”  

Upon taking office in 2011, Branstad and Reynolds announced the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a public-private partnership with the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Read the full letter here