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Written by: Craig Robinson
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rants-copy1Bob Vander Plaats, the front-runner for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, today dismissed an attack by fellow candidate Christopher Rants as “more of the same from a career politician.”

Rants issued a statement falsely claiming Vander Plaats “unveiled a health care plan over the weekend” that would “double the size of the state budget.” Instead, Vander Plaats was a discussing what Iowans could do if the state retained the tax dollars currently being sent to Washington, D.C., for Medicaid and Medicare.

“First, let me say, I will base my decisions as governor on the core principles of less government, lower taxes and higher quality, including the area of health care. I was speaking to fellow Republicans in Dallas County about core principles, not a plan. It’s clear to me that President Obama and congressional Democrats are going to push more health care costs onto the states. I’m making the point that they want socialized medicine and I’m saying, ‘What happens if you move the pendulum the other way? What if you take the federal government out of it and leave the money here?’” Vander Plaats said. “It’s not the federal government’s money, it’s our money. We don’t want federal bureaucrats and politicians making health care decisions for our families and getting between us and our doctors. We know how to spend it more wisely than Washington does. Not many Iowans would argue with that reality.”

Noting that Iowa doctors are reimbursed much less than their peers in other states under current Medicaid rules, he continued, “Why would Iowa trust the federal government today? I don’t doubt that we could come up with a better reimbursement plan if the states were allowed to control their own Medicaid dollars. Does Christopher really think Barack Obama would do a better job of managing our health care than we would?”

Vander Plaats said his approach to health care is to “put the focus on the person not on government.” He favors a greater emphasis on preventive care, more insurance coverage pooling, liability reform, allowing Iowans to put more dollars into medical savings accounts and health savings accounts and other innovations.

“Those are just some of the strategies Iowans have told me they favor,” Vander Plaats said.

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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