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April 18, 2014

Miller-Meeks campaigns

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, candidate for congressional Iowa District 2, promised the 10 who came to The Garage in Centerville Wednesday she would do “the full Grassley” if elected.

“The full Grassley,” Miller-Meeks said, is what Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley does — he visits every Iowa county every year — but she has a smaller scale — visit every county in District 2 every year to talk to constituents and answer questions and concerns. District 2 covers 24 counties in southeast and eastern Iowa.

Miller-Meeks made that comment and others during her campaign stop Wednesday morning in Centerville, the third campaign stop of the day, with one to follow in Corydon.

Miller-Meeks’ campaign themes centered on the lack of leadership and accountability, Washington is not listening or looking out for the little guy, the Affordable Care Act and take home pay.

“I’m the little guy and I’m standing up,” Miller-Meeks said. “And the things that people are concerned about right now today are health care, take home pay and a government that works for all of us and is accountable.”

Miller-Meeks first addressed health care reform and how health care was deemed not affordable and was costing too much. She agreed health care was costing too much but the plan presented by Obama “that instead of putting you in charge of your health care was a one size fits all government plan that’s telling you what you should have and what you should value. Health care, medical insurance needs to be affordable, it needs to be portable, personal. It needs to preserve the doctor, patient relationship and it needs to be patient-centered. You need to be in charge of your medical insurance.”

Miller-Meeks said the ACA is all about winners and losers. She cited several individuals who she said will be penalized because they lost their health care insurance because of the ACA.

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