Joni Ernst on Health Care



Medicare-for-All would bankrupt rural health care systems

Theresa Greenfield: Senator Ernst's vote could close our rural hospitals.

Ernst: The Democrats' plan, which would eventually lead us to Medicare for all, would actually bankrupt about 52 of our rural health care systems. So I think that there are ways to address the issues. But certainly putting our rural constituents on the hook is not the way to do it. We are seeing OBGYN's leave the rural areas already because of low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Greenfield: I don't support Medicare-for-all. But I do support strengthening and enhancing the Affordable Care Act, making sure that everyone has health care and in addition to that building in a public option which creates competition and brings down those prices. Senator Joni Ernst did the exact opposite. She voted multiple times to end the Affordable Care Act, devastating health care for so many Iowans who rely on coverage for pre-existing conditions, about 1.3 million Iowans.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

Replace ACA but provide "backstop" for expensive cases

Theresa Greenfield: Senator Joni Ernst voted multiple times to end the Affordable Care Act, devastating health care for so many Iowans who rely on coverage for pre-existing conditions, about 1.3 million Iowans.

Ernst: One of the plans I supported was a bipartisan plan which would provide a government backstop for those that have the most expensive medical cases, those that do have pre-existing conditions. Making sure that the federal government is caring for those and providing equal access to health care products, making sure that they are affordable, that should be the federal government's role.

Greenfield: I believe health care is a right and we need to make sure that everyone has access to high quality and affordable health care. The way to do that is to strengthen and enhance the Affordable Care Act, build in a public option, creating competition, bringing down those prices, and saving taxpayers about $500 billion.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

COVID: I wear a mask in public, but mandate is unenforceable

Ernst: I do wear a mask when I'm out in public and when I'm back home in Red Oak even if I know I'm probably the only person that is going to be in the store other than the clerk I do wear a mask. I think it's really important that we set the example by wearing the mask but certainly to mandate it, we know that it's unenforceable and we know that it doesn't work. There is a mask mandate,
Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

Failed mindset gave us policies like ObamaCare

We see the hurt caused by canceled healthcare plans and higher monthly insurance bills. Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like ObamaCare. It's a mindset that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions.

We'll keep fighting to repeal and replace a health care law that's hurt so many hardworking families.

Source: GOP response to the 2015 State of the Union address , Jan 20, 2015

ObamaCare is egregious overreach of federal government

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Ernst: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Ernst: Strongly Agree. Affordable Care Act: A clearly egregious overreach of federal government.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Ernst: Affordable Care Act- A clearly egregious overreach of federal government.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits

Braley would keep and fix the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Ernst would repeal it.

Ernst's low point was "stubbornly pushing the claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits, an argument repeatedly debunked by nonpartisan fact checkers, and her confusion on a question about current 'job-killing' regulations, where she cited cap-and-trade, which is not law," a pundit said.

Source: Des Moines Register on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 29, 2014

Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa

Ernst scored in response to the first question, which was about ObamaCare. She pointed out that she was the only one on the stage who has actually stood up against ObamaCare, because she voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
Source: Kevin Hall in Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Oct 24, 2013

Staunchly opposed to ObamaCare

Repeal and Replace Obamacare: Joni is staunchly opposed to the Obamacare law. Joni supports immediate action to defund Obamacare, repeal it, and replace it with free-market alternatives that put patients first, and healthcare decisions back in the hands of doctors rather than bureaucrats.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" , Sep 9, 2013

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