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Half of U.S. Small Businesses Think Health Law Bad for Them

From Gallup

by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

Forty-one percent are holding off on hiring because of the Affordable Care Act

PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-eight percent of U.S. small-business owners say the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to be bad for their business, compared with 9% who say it is going to be good, and 39% who expect no impact.

Small-Business Owners' Perceptions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2013

Read the rest of the survey here…


Editorial: Healthy Iowa Plan Better for Low-Income Residents


By Representative Walt Rogers

I have the privilege of guiding the legislation pertaining to the Healthy Iowa Plan, the alternative to Medicaid expansion, in the Iowa House. Last week, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Senate. I read The Des Moines Resister’s editorial about the bill (“Branstad Plan Still Pales Next to Medicaid,” May 2) and it left me greatly disappointed that the largest newspaper in our state could write an opinion so biased and incomplete.

I, and every legislator in the House, understand the seriousness of this legislation. It doesn’t take an “expert” to do that. It takes caring, objective and discerning people to assess our situation economically and morally.

Medicaid is a flawed and inadequate system. Inadequate was the word used byproponents of Medicaid at the recent public hearing on the Healthy Iowa Plan.

Read the rest of Rep. Roger’s editorial…


10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion


From the Heritage Foundation

By Alyene Senger
As Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is being debated in the states, many myths are being perpetuated by its advocates. Here, Heritage provides the research to debunk such myths:

1. Myth: Expanding Medicaid is “free money” for the states.

Reality: The expansion adds an estimated $638 billion in new government spending from 2013–2023. New spending at the federal or state level is reckless in light of the country’s trillion dollar budget deficits and over $16 trillion in national debt. As Governor Rick Perry (R–TX)stated, “[T]here is no such thing as ‘free’ money. We know there’s only money that’s collected from taxpayers, and money borrowed from other countries like China against the good credit of our children and grandchildren.”

What are the other myths? …


Iowa Drought Conditions Improving


The steady march of more normal soil and water conditions moved even farther west in the past week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.

Roughly the western half of the state, 53 percent of the acres, are at least abnormally dry. Just 6 .4 percent of the state is in moderate to severe, drought, and none of it is classified as extreme.

Parts of central Iowa remain abnormally dray, but some is ranked as normal conditions.

The severe drought is limited to a sliver along the Missouri River counties.

The National Weather Service’s long-term forecast through July 31 expects the drought to continue to ease.

Many farmers expect to start planting this weekend or early next week, according to the office of Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

From the Des Moines Register
By Perry Beeman


Preventable Chronic Conditions Plague Medicaid Population

A recent poll conducted by Gallup shows that individuals whose primary health insurance source is Medicaid, tend to have worse health than those with employer-provided insurance.  This session, Senate Democrats want to add 150,000 more Iowans to the outdated, broken Medicaid system that does nothing to improve patient’s health.

The Healthy Iowa Plan however, is a modern plan that helps Iowans get healthier through accountability and wellness measures.  This will result in lower costs to the state, making the Healthy Iowa Plan fiscally responsible and sustainable.

Read the full Gallup article here…


Seven Reasons States Shouldn’t Expand Medicaid

MedicaidFrom the Heartland Institute

By Merrill Matthews, Ph.D

Democrats are desperately hoping the states will accept the Medicaid expansion being foisted on them by President Obama’s health care law, but they may be disappointed.

The primary reason for their concern is blatantly self-serving: ObamaCare’s success, like its RomneyCare prequel in Massachusetts, will be judged solely by how many uninsured people get coverage. The pretense of increasing quality and lowering costs was abandoned months ago; now it’s all about reducing the uninsured.

If states refuse the Medicaid expansion, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled they can do, the whole idea of universal coverage goes out the window. And ObamaCare will be judged a failure.

Bad coverage, high cost, fraud… See the 7 reasons here…


Des Moines Makes List of Top 10 Cities for High-Tech Innovation

Innovation Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

KCCI News reported yesterday that has named Des Moines as one of the top 10 cities most unexpected for high-tech innovation.

The article reads that “With business costs 16 percent below the national average, Des Moines has been attracting young, scrappy technology startups and companies relocating from the coasts.”  It also boasts that Des Moines “offers several business incubators, a wide range of notable start-ups and a prime environment for young professionals.”

To read the full KCCI article, click here.

Click here to see’s list of the Top 10.



Des Moines Economy Ranked 2nd Strongest in the Nation

DSM Skyline

From the Des Moines Register (4/6/2013)

By Donnelle Eller

The Des Moines metropolitan area is the second-strongest economy in the nation, behind only Washington, D.C., according to a new study.

“The Des Moines metro has shown resiliency,” said William Fruth, president of Policom Corp., a Florida analytics company that annually looks at the economic strength of nearly 1,000 U.S. cities and towns. Des Moines’ ranking, he said, “doesn’t mean it’s the fastest-growing area. It just means it has an extremely strong and diversified economic foundation” that’s grown consistently for nearly a decade.

“Des Moines has been a top 25 community since 2005,” Fruth said.

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Obamacare at Three: Key Health Care Data

A recent public opinion poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies about Obamacare.

The highlights:

  • Feelings about Obamacare have not changed
  • People still have a negative view of Obamacare
  • It has made it harder for people to afford health care coverage
  • The public’s willingness to increase health care spending has significantly decreased since 2009
  • Over half of people (52%) want to change or stop the implementation of Obamacare
  • Implementation of a Medicaid expansion enrollment plan could be messy

Click here to read the full report.


Iowa Republican to Tea Party: We hear you

An article on the Sioux City Journal website yesterday has quotes from Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen regarding the upcoming election, the tea party movement, and the results of government activity at the state and federal level:

“If you haven’t noticed, a movement was created over the last 15 months,” Paulsen said. “Massive federal intervention in the form of bailouts and takeovers has many Iowans feeling frustrated, powerless, helpless. Frustration and exasperation with their government has made them pay attention. It is time to give Iowan’s their state back.”

You can read the full article at the Sioux City Journal online

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