Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Rants blasted his main opponent’s health care proposal in press release obtained by TheIowaRepublican.com late last night.
Rants said, “Obama’s plan spells trouble for Iowa, but the Vander Plaats plan spells bankruptcy. I don’t think Bob has any idea just how much it would cost to have the state government take over the Medicare system, and all of Medicaid. This idea would almost double the size of our state budget.”
Rants is speaking out against comments Bob Vander Plaats made this past weekend regarding the Obama Administration’s health care reform plan. Vander Plaats told audiences at a Marshalltown GOP Steak Fry on Friday, and the Dallas County GOP picnic on Saturday that, “It’s time for the State of Iowa to run Medicare and Medicaid for Iowans.”
In an interview with Radio Iowa, Vander Plaats was quoted as saying, “If elected governor, Vander Plaats would advocate taking all the taxes Iowans pay to support Medicare – and Medicaid – and having the state run both programs.”
According to Kaiser’s Statehealthfacts.org, there were 504,944 Iowans on Medicare. The latest report on spending per enrollee is from 2006, with the state average being $6,572 for $3,318,491,968. Iowa’s state match totals $1 billion. On average Medicad is a two for one matching program.
“This idea may sound good in a stump speech, but it doesn’t work in practice,” said Rants. “First, it would bust the state’s budget. It would cost $2 Billion for Medicaid and $3.3 Billion for Medicare. Iowans can’t afford it, not now, not ever.”
“Second, Vander Plaats’ plan would put Iowa’s tax rate so far above our neighboring states, you might as well turn out the lights now. Bob will have succeeded in doing what Culver couldn’t, and that is to completely kill our business climate. Why would any business or person want to pay double the taxes Iowa has now. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Rants concluded.
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