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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Loebsack backs public option, reimbursement reform at labor picnic

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Nick Johnson gave me a hard time for using a pen and paper to take
notes at the Iowa City Federation of Labor picnic, but after trying to
liveblog from the Blackberry at Dave Loebsack's health care forum my
thumbs were typed out. Loebsack was the big speaker at this
afternoon's picnic and while he pledged to fight hard for the public
option, he said Medicare reimbursement reform was a critical part of
health care reform for Iowa. "Right now the public option
reimbursement rate is based on Medicare," said Loebsack, "and those
rates need to get fixed so that Iowa does not get hurt in the
process." Iowa is among the states with the lowest reimbursement
rates.

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