On Tenth Anniversary of Affordable Care Act, Greenfield Calls on Congress to Protect & Strengthen Health Care Law, Combat COVID-19

Theresa Greenfield pledges to protect health care law, establish public option, bring down costs as growing COVID-19 threat demands urgent leadership

As this week marks the tenth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield is recommitting to protecting and expanding high quality, affordable health care to every Iowan.

In the past decade, the health care law has protected more than a million Iowans with pre-existing conditions and created a lifeline for Iowa’s rural hospitals through Medicaid expansion. Now, as the mounting coronavirus crisis makes it even more critical that every Iowan has access to the care they need, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a reckless federal lawsuit that could do away with these protections permanently.

“Ten years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, this pandemic threatening our communities is the most urgent sign yet that our leaders in Washington must do everything in their power to protect and strengthen the health care law,” said Theresa Greenfield. “From our rural areas to our big cities, every Iowan needs to be able to get the care they need without worrying about the cost or getting turned away simply for being sick. In the Senate, I’ll stand up to the reckless attacks on Iowans’ care. And instead of undermining employer-based coverage, I’ll fight to build on the health care law by creating a public option and giving Medicare the tools to negotiate with drug companies and bring down costs. I’ll carry this fight in my heart, and work day and night to make sure every hardworking Iowan has the security and dignity of quality, affordable health care.” 

Theresa is committed to expanding health care access, bringing down costs, and protecting health care for Iowa’s rural communities and for the 1.29 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions. As the growing coronavirus crisis continues to threaten Iowa communities, she is calling for urgent action from the federal government to protect public health and safety, including ramped up production and distribution of testing, treatment, and personal protective equipment, an increase in hospital beds in rural and hard-hit communities, and more. Read her full plan here.

In addition to postponing in-person events, the Greenfield for Iowa campaign is taking precautions by having all staff work remotely and encouraging social distancing practices at all times. For more information on Iowa’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.