Rally promotes alternative to Affordable Care Act

One of seven Medicare for All rallies throughout Iowa hosted in Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa. - Rallies throughout Iowa were used to try to stop the Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while promoting a different option.

They're called Medicare for All rallies. One was held at the Village Theatre on Saturday. 

Attendees discussed the healthcare plan proposed by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., earlier this year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., is expected to submit a Senate version of the bill.

"The Republicans say they want to repeal and replace ‘Obamacare.’ We have an option that we think would be a great option to replace," said state Rep. Monica Kurth, D-Davenport.

She was referring to Medicare for All, a single-payer healthcare plan.

Jeff Maurus, a retired physician, said that’s how it's done in most of the other developed countries, and it would improve healthcare for people throughout the United States.

"The government pays for a lot of healthcare, and yet they've been specifically prohibited from bargaining for military hospitals, Medicare patients, Medicaid patients... We pay twice as much for medication whether it’s generic or name brand than Canada does," said Maurus.

Right now, the United States has a complex system. Funding it involves hospitals, doctors and insurance companies. Supporters want healthcare financing to be provided by one entity. 

"The government would manage it, which has the potential not only for more coverage, but to provide good or great care at a lower cost," said Maurus.

Democrats, including Rep. Kurth, admit passing Medicare for All is a long shot. Republicans call it socialized medicine. The GOP is also trying to pass its own healthcare plan.

“I think it is a very lofty goal, and one we're hoping to achieve," said Kurth.

Supporters urged people to take action and talk to their local lawmakers.

"Let them know where you stand on issues like this, and why it's important… why it really impacts your family," said Kevin Perkins, owner of Posse LLC, a political consulting firm.

Medicare for All rallies were held in seven Iowa cities. Sen. Sanders is expected to submit the Senate version of the single-payer healthcare plan in the next few weeks.


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