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August 18th, 2009

Chris Rants Blasts Vander Plaats Over His Health Care Proposal

bvp91Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Rants blasted his main opponent’s health care proposal in press release obtained by 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, 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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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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