Tom Harkin: 2020 election about health care

It’s not the names on the ballot. The 2020 election is about health care and finishing the Obamacare “starter home” he helped build, according to former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.

“Forget about Biden-Trump, health care is on the ballot,” the former chairman of the Senate Health Committee said Wednesday on a call arranged by the Biden presidential campaign.

“I’m just saying this as Tom Harkin, citizen, I don’t think there’s any more important issue confronting the American people today than what’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act,” Harkin said.

Harkin, 80, who was a member of the Health, Education, Welfare and Labor Committee for the 30 years he represented Iowa in the Senate, predicted that with Joe Biden as president, regardless of which party controls the Senate, Congress will approve a public option — a government-run health insurance agency to compete with private insurers.

With Biden’s ability to

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“So the idea Iowans would support Joe Biden’s plan to expand Obamacare without fixing it is ridiculous,” Samsundar said. “Frankly, for Iowans to even trust Joe Biden to fix the health care system he broke is outrageous.”

Harkin was joined on the call by Dan Callahan, an Independence, Iowa, veteran who has a preexisting condition contracted while serving in Iraq, and Elena Delle Donne, a Women’s National Basketball Association player whose wife is from Davenport.

When Harkin introduced the Affordable Care Act on the Senate floor, he referred to it as a starter home, “a great beginning.”

“Our intent was always that we would add on to it and improve it,” he said. “Our goal was nothing less than every American, regardless of income or health status, would have access to dependable, quality preventive health care in America. And basically, we did deliver on that.”

That’s at risk in the

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