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Iowa Senator Joni Ernst visited the Washington High School Auditorium Tuesday. She hosted an hour-long question and answer discussion with community members.
Ernst had previously visited Washington a year ago to visit with students and answer their questions. She commented on how she was blessed to spend time with the students.
Of the questions at this event, many centered around one theme: healthcare. The first person to ask a question was Harold Frakes of Brighton. He asked Ernst what ideas she had to improve the Affordable Care Act.
Throughout the afternoon, Ernst answered similar questions by saying she is working on many ideas for the individual insurance market. She talked to a woman whose daughter and grandchildren have to pay $34,000 premiums for healthcare.
“I refuse to believe $34,000 a year for premiums for a family of four is right,” Ernst said.
Ernst also noted that our healthcare is failing and that in Iowa there is only one statewide insurance. “I’ve voted to repeal and replace Obamacare three times,” Ernst said.
In response, many in the crowd booed while many others applauded.
“What I will do is make sure we’re doing the best for Iowans,” Ernst said. “We probably have 150 opinions on what the best healthcare is.”
Others topics discussed were those of immigration, planned parenthood, Veteran Affairs, tax reforms, TPP and EMP.
Ernst stood by hopes to create a smarter immigration policy, and accepts kids of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with open arms, she said.
She would like to modernize the Veterans Administration as it is far from where it needs to be, Ernst said. She also discussed how the Senate is looking for ways to deter EMP activity. With tax reforms, she wants to find ways to support individuals and small- business owners.
President Donald Trump does not support Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ernst said. Ernst said they are looking for ways to continue bi-lateral negotiation for grains and proteins to other countries. These countries may look to trade with China instead of the United States if they cannot engage with us.
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