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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Grassley: Government shouldn’t ‘decide when to pull the plug on grandma’

By Jason Hancock | 08.12.09 | 11:13 am

WINTERSET — Americans should be scared of provisions in a health care bill currently in the U.S. House because it will allow the government to have a say in end-of-life decisions, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told a crowd of more than 300 Wednesday morning.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to more than 300 in Winterset Wednesday morning.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to more than 300 in Winterset Wednesday morning.

“In the House bill, there is counseling for end of life,” Grassley said. “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma”

The conspiracy theory of the government deciding who lives and dies has been making the rounds of late, gaining momentum after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted a message on her Facebook saying President Obama’s health care plan might kill her child who was born with Down Syndrome.

The portion of the House health care bill in question was written by Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. It would require Medicare to pay for end-of-life counseling sessions, which would be voluntary. Isakson told The Washington Post that it is “nuts” that anyone would look at the language of the bill and conclude it promotes euthanasia.

“It empowers you to be able to make decisions at a difficult time rather than having the government making them for you,” he said.

In a statement released shortly after the event, Democratic state Sen. Joe Bolkom of Iowa City called on Grassley to condemn those spreading lies about health care reform, pointing out that a living will provision similar to the one discussed in the U.S. House has already been passed in Iowa by “large bipartisan majorities.”

Instead, while responding to a question about older Americans being “systematically denied health care” due to their age, Grassley fanned the flames of the rumor, telling the crowd there are many congressman who would like the government to have authority to intervene in end-of-life decisions.

“There are some people who think it is a terrible problem that grandma is laying in a bed with tubes in her… and that the government should intervene,” he said. “I think that’s a family or religious thing that needs to be dealt with.”

This isn’t the first time Grassley has used debunked rumors during the health care debate. Last week he said Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts would not receive quality care for his brain tumor under President Obama’s health care plan because the care would go to a younger person who can “contribute more to the economy.”

The town hall forum, which did not erupt in chaos like so many across the country, was the first of four Grassley will hold Wednesday. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which continues to work toward a bill to reform the country’s health care system, Grassley has been the focus of a lot attention from both supporters and opponents of reform.

The gathering drew the attention of national media, with CNN and Fox News broadcasting portions of the event live.

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  • denisejurgens

    IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A “DEATH PANEL” I AM AFRAID THE ONLY ONE YOU WILL FIND IN THESE UNTIED STATES IS THE ONE IN TEXAS, SIGNED INTO LAW BY ONE GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH. IT IS KNOWN AS THE “FUTILE CARE LAW”. WHILE THE REPUBLICANS WERE INSERTING THEMSELVES IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE, A 6 MONTH OLD BOY ON LIFE SUPPORT IN TEXAS HAD THE PLUG PULLED ON HIS LIFE UNDER THIS LAW, AGAINST HIS MOTHERS WISHES, SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE WAS POOR. DISGRACEFUL.

  • marjorum

    “Death Panels” are not a myth: they exist in most every insurance company in the land.

    I have a friend who works on one of them.

    Perhaps the most well-known, outrageous, recent death panel decision involved Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California a few years back in which a teenage girl was denied a liver transpant because it was “experimental.” (Hey, liver transplants have been done for decades and persons who do not have a functioning liver for whatever reason need a new one.) The insurance company finally relented due to public pressure, but the girl died 2 hours after her transplant was approved. Her's was a death by insurance company, though I'm sure the death certificate said something else. (Isn't it convenient the greedy insurance company ended up looking very charitable; but I have a feeling the transplant was only approved after the girl's death was inevitable.) There are hundreds of similar incidents.

    This does not, however, begin to illustrate insureds' deaths where the insurance company has denied coverage because the company has researched a previously insured individual and found the insured suffered from a prior medical condition as trivial as acne, migraine, etc., but because they now have breast cancer or some other morbid condition, they are no longer covered because it was the insurance company's mistake to give them insurance in the first place because of the prior condition.

    Insurance companies steal 31 cents out of every healthcare dollar for themselves. The only service they provide for that 31 cents is to pass patients' payments through to real healthcare providers. They provide no healthcare themselves.

    The USA is one of just a handfull of countries that have insurance companies involved in healthcare at all: those countries prohibit the insurance company (by law) from realizing a profit on their healthcare activities, much less 31 cents out of every dollar.

    Think of what we could have if all healthcare dollars went toward healthcare.

  • captainsteve

    Nice words but you didn't address any facts.

    I said obummer is a liar. I stand by my comment. Did you watch the video?

    I said he's a fraud. . .that's true. . .he is.

    I said he's anti American. . .true

    former coke fiend. . .true.

    racist. . .true

    Kenyan usurper. . .true

    dirt-bag. . .admittedly my opinion

    Chicago. . .true

    thug. . .true. . .look at the people around him. Mostly thugs.

    Re your Christian justification for supporting him. . .let me assure you.

    Charity is wonderful when it comes from you own wealth, but Jesus never said steal stuff from other people and then give it away. . .that is not real charity.

    In every biblical example of charity, they gave something that belonged to themselves!

    Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not covet. You are doing or condoning both!

    Don't be a thief!

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