Blum’s health care votes hit Iowa families

June 26, 2018

Keep Iowa Healthy this week released a new television advertisement, Didn't Ask, featuring Robin Stone of Manchester, Iowa, about the importance of keeping in place protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Click here to watch the 30 second ad:

The ad specifically highlights Congressman Blum’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Blum’s vote to repeal the ACA would put nearly 1.3 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions at risk of losing coverage, including 174,000 children, according to the Center for American Progress. In the first congressional district alone, 318,300 Iowans have pre-existing conditions, including 42,500 children.

“Many working families in Iowa are barely making ends meet, and those with pre-existing conditions can't afford more extreme policies put forward by Rod Blum,” said Chris Schwartz, executive director of Americans for Democratic Action Iowa and Blackhawk County Supervisor. “Thousands of families in the first district will pay the price for Blum's votes. We deserve better from our elected leaders than to have our health care stripped away.”

Keep Iowa Healthy is a coalition of local groups focused on fighting health care repeal and holding elected officials accountable. Some of the key local partners include Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and Iowa Main Street Alliance.

In addition to the 30-second advertisement, a 60-second version of Didn't Ask will air as well: Both the 30 -and 60-second advertisements will air on television throughout the first congressional district, as well as in online ads.


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