The Governor Stands Alone

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Overwhelming Support for Medicaid Expansion, so why is Branstad dragging his feet?

DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party has one thing to say to the Governor – where is your coalition of support for denying 155,000 Iowans health insurance?

In a review of Senate File 71, the proposed Senate legislation that would expand Medicaid to cover an additional 155,000 Iowans who need health insurance, not one organization opposes the legislation while nearly 50 stand on the side of Iowans whose health would improve with access to insurance.  In addition, several organizations have publicly stated their support for expanding Medicaid in Iowa.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined seven other Republican governors yesterday in expanding access to health care in their states.

“The Governor’s position is becoming very, very lonely,” said IDP Chair Tyler Olson.  “We have a responsibility as elected officials to stand up for Iowans who don’t have a voice. Governor Branstad is shirking his responsibility and leaving tens of thousands of Iowans out in the cold. His position denying the 60 year old woman who lost her job, is looking for another one, and lives in poverty access to life-saving care is not a value shared by most Iowans. There is clear, broad-based support for expanding health insurance in Iowa but the Governor is too out of touch to see it.”

Below are a list of organizations supporting Medicaid Expansion in Iowa, and those against.**


  • · Iowa Hospital Association
  • · Iowa Medical Society
  • · Genesis Health System
  • · Mercy Health Network
  • · AARP Iowa
  • · Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • · Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association
  • · Iowa Psychiatric Society
  • · Iowa Association of Community Providers
  • · Alliance for Retired Americans
  • · Iowa Behavioral Health Association
  • · Family Planning Council of Iowa
  • · Iowa CareGivers Association
  • · Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council
  • · Iowa Alliance of Community Mental Health Centers
  • · Community Health Charities of Iowa
  • · Iowa Community Action Association
  • · Iowa Head Start Association
  • · Epilepsy Foundation
  • · Iowa Association of Area Agencies of Aging
  • · Iowa Primary Care Association
  • · Iowa Psychological Association
  • · Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
  • · Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa
  • · Child and Family Policy Center
  • · Iowa Alliance in Home Care
  • · Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter
  • · Polk County Medical Society
  • · Iowa Optometric Association
  • · CHAIN
  • · Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • · Hospice and Palliative Care Association
  • · National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter
  • · National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter
  • · Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Church
  • · Iowa Catholic Conference
  • · League of Women Voters of Iowa
  • · Polk County Board of Supervisors
  • · United Way of Iowa
  • · Iowa State Association of Counties
  • · Iowa Citizen Action Network
  • · Progress Iowa
  • · AFSCME Iowa Council 61
  • · Communications Workers of America Iowa State Council
  • · Iowa State Education Association
  • · Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • · Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
  • · Iowa Democratic Party


  • · Governor Terry Branstad

** Based on Public Statements on Medicaid expansion and registered support for Senate File 71.  This is not a complete list of organizations who support Medicaid expansion.



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