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March 11th, 2009

The Business and Heath Care Communities Speak Out Against House File 530

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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iowa-capitol1Last night, members of the public were encouraged to voice their opinions on House File 530, the workers’ compensation bill. A few weeks ago at the public hearing for prevailing wage, only a few people spoke out against that legislation, yet Democrat leaders in the Iowa House failed to find the 51 votes needed to pass the bill. The public hearing on the doctor shopping bill was much different.

It was announced that 42 people had signed up to speak on the bill. This time, it seemed to me that those speaking out against the bill outnumbered those speaking in favor of it. While it was to be expected that the business community would be out in full force, occupational nurses and physicians were also vehemently opposed to the bill.

Jean Johnson, a nurse of 16 years who has spend more than eight years in occupational health, said that allowing employees to select their own doctors will simply delay treatment. She pointed out that many general practice physicians do not keep space open on their calendar in case someone calls. She said this leaves the injured employee with three options. First, they could wait three to six days to get in with their doctor who will most likely refer them to a specialist. Second, the injured worker could go to a walk-in clinic to seek care from someone who they don’t know, and who will probably refer them back to their general practice physician. Third, they could visit the emergency room, which is the most costly option by far.

Both the business owners and health care professionals kept reiterating that there is no need to overhaul a system that provides good services to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers. As for the some of the stories about inadequate care given to some injured workers, many of the people speaking against the bill said that some people abuse the system, and those who do should be punished or investigated by the workers’ compensation commissioner.

About the Author

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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