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March 19th, 2009

We Simply Can’t Afford It: Cancel the Obama Health Care Forum

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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obama-health-care1Yesterday, we learned that Governor Chet Culver was soliciting money from labor unions and health care companies to help cover the costs of the upcoming health care forum in Des Moines with President Obama. The estimated cost to the state for Monday’s forum will be $30,000.00. While the Governor’s office claims they were originally allowed to solicit private support to defray the cost to the state, the White House said no sponsorships will be allowed.

Some Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, quickly deemed Culver’s sponsorship scheme as, “pay to sit.” Under Culver’s proposal, sponsors of the event would receive guaranteed seating at the event.

Culver’s sponsorship scheme, while embarrassing, is more about Iowa’s dire financial situation than it is about trying to receive financial favors. If the state of Iowa cannot afford the $30,000.00 to cover its portion of the event, then Governor Culver should have told the Obama administration thanks, but no thanks.

It was also reported yesterday that the U.S. debt now totals more than $11 trillion dollars, the highest in our nation’s history. So while the state of Iowa can’t afford $30,000.00 to host the event, it’s pretty apparent that the United States government can’t afford to implement nationalized healthcare either. So maybe we don’t need to have a forum about it.

Once again, Governor Culver fails to show the people of Iowa he can make a difficult decision and say no to President Obama’s health care forum. You can bet that the health care forum will be full of heart-wrenching stories about how people can’t afford prescriptions and how they just lost their jobs and their healthcare benefits. Those stories are regrettable, but what will actually come out of this forum?

This is nothing more than a publicity stunt that will take advantage of the unfortunate situations that some Iowans currently have to deal with. The responsible thing for both President Obama and Governor Culver to do is to get their respective fiscal houses in order and not play on the hopes of hurting Americans.

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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