CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — Democrat Fred Hubbell launched his final 14-day bus tour of Iowa in the home stretch of the race for Governor. Among the stops on the first day, a listening session in Cedar Rapids with people affected by the switch to privatized Medicaid in Iowa. Many in attendance were caring or have cared for long ones that require complex and long term care. They shared the difficulties they had in navigating the private system and getting the level of service they experienced in the original state-run version.
Hubbell has made Medicaid one of the top issues in the campaign and has vowed to reverse reforms put in place by Governor Terry Branstad and supported by current Governor Kim Reynolds. Governor Reynolds admits improvements need to be made, but says going back to the old system is not sustainable.