The Ottumwa Courier

February 26, 2014

Miller-Meeks makes third bid for Congress

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks said Wednesday concerns she raised two years ago about the Affordable Care Act are reality today and will bolster her bid for Congress.

Miller-Meeks resigned as the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health to make a third run for Iowa’s second congressional district. She said the political environment has changed and that she is well-positioned for the run because of issues she raised last time.

“Certainly, when we were discussing our concerns about the Affordable Care Act before, people could look at it and say it was hypothetical, that it was theory or it was partisanship,” she said.

Miller-Meeks said the law is “too expansive,” forcing people to pay for benefits they neither need nor want. While large corporations may be able to cover the costs, she questioned whether small businesses can.

“It doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all policy where the government tells you what you have to have,” she told supporters. “You look at me and you can tell I’m not a spring chicken. So the ideal policy for me would not have maternity, not have in vitro fertilization.”

Health care is one of three basic points Miller-Meeks plans to campaign on, along with income and government accountability. She tied the ACA to government intrusion that hampers business growth, thus lowering the incomes of those who are employed.

To Miller-Meeks, the question isn’t whether there should be a social safety net, but rather fixing problems with it and not adding cumbersome legislation to the mix. And fixing those holes includes reducing corporate welfare and government cronyism.

“All of us at times need some help,” she said. “The nets are full of holes, so people get trapped.”

The primary for state and federal contests will be June 3.