Platform debate at the caucus produced several resolutions of interest to the general public including the following:
- We have read with concern the article “Managed Care Issues Lead to Public Health Budget Shortfall” by Bethany Carson (Eclipse News Review, Clarksville Star, Butler County Tribune-Journal) which details the shortfall in Medicaid reimbursement and denial of claims by Managed Care Organizations, the name given to for-profit out-of-state insurance companies that now control Medicaid in Iowa. We call upon our State Senator Linda Upmeyer and State Representative Pat Grassley to recognize the failure of the Medicaid privatization scheme which was implemented by executive order without legislative or voter approval. We believe Iowa should revert to the system we had before which worked better. If this ill-conceived policy cannot be reversed, then the next best thing would be to pass the proposals by Senators Amanda Ragan and Liz Mathis to reform the MCOs.
- We call upon the U.S. Congress and the voters of the 4th Congressional District of Iowa to censure Congressman Steve King for his comments on white supremacy, his meeting with fascist leaders in Europe, and his inability to represent all Iowa voters irrespective of race, religion, national origin, or sexual preference. We are saddened that Congressman King could not bring himself to vote in favor of the recent House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, and other bigoted or hate speech. In what should have been a no-brainer, King voted “present” along with 23 other House Republicans who voted no to this simple expression of democracy.
- We call upon the Iowa State legislature to defeat the proposed Republican bill that would bring major changes to Iowa's election laws, clearly an attempt to suppress voting by limiting access to the polls. We believe that 1) state-owned buildings should not be exempt as polling sites and all college students should have access to polling sites on their campuses, 2) polls should not be closed at 8:00 pm and should remain open until 9:00 p.m. as they are now, 3) absentee ballots postmarked prior to election day should be counted, and 4) graduating college students who may be seeking employment outside the State of Iowa should not be removed from voter registration lists until they have relocated.