To the editor:
As a long-time health practitioner, I am pleased to support Mary Stewart for State Senator.
Mary is energetic, engaged, thoughtful and approachable. She believes in improving our health care system to assure high quality, affordable and accessible health care for all Iowa residents. She will work to protect access to rural healthcare for women and their families.
She will also work hard to fix the Medicaid privatization nightmare. She will push for increased accountability of Medicaid managed care organizations. She will work to reverse the harmful effects Medicaid privatization has caused for many beneficiaries due to reduced services and denials of care, including the frail elderly, developmentally disabled individuals and working families with young children.
She will also advocate to increase support for health professions loan repayment and other programs to attract and retain doctors and other essential health care professionals to southern Iowa.
Her experience as an administrator at Indian Hills Community College where she worked collaboratively with many regional partners will be invaluable to her as a legislator. She will bring fresh ideas, a great work ethic and a fresh start in representing southern Iowa in the Iowa Senate.
I urge you to support Mary Stewart for State Senate. Please vote for her in the Democratic Primary on June 5 as well as in November. She is the right person for the job and this is the right time.
? Peter J. Reiter, Ottumwa