"I voted for the bill (ACA)," Loebsack said. "And when I voted for it I thought that's exactly what was going to happen. That if you had something and you were OK with it, then you get to keep it. And obviously it doesn't turn out that way. And so clearly we've got to figure out a way to deal with this. It's a bad situation for a lot of people."
Loebsack said the ACA's design was to get 30 million Americans health care insurance. He said people will be paying higher premiums then they were before but it will be on a plan with a lot more benefits to justify the extra cost.
Blake White, of Centerville, said his health care insurance costs went up and he didn't move up to a better plan. He said it was not just "standard increases" and cited higher fees, the fact he and his wife are younger and now insurance companies have to account for pre-existing conditions.
At the end of the meeting, Loebsack talked about partisanship in Washington, the need for bipartisanship in order to get things done and listening to your constituents.
"I think that very few of you agree with me on very many things, from what I can tell here," Loebsack said. "But the idea is for me to hear that from you and go from there. The idea is for people who don't agree with you, instead of sitting around and talking to people I agree with all of the time, I've got to be talking to people I don't agree with, necessarily. So, when we find the 10 or 15 percent of the things that we can agree on, we actually can do it and move forward."
Rep. Loebsack assumed office in January 2007.