Governor Branstad says he’s optimistic that his health care plan will pass the legislature on time this year.
He introduced the Healthy Iowa plan just last week, so it still has several hurdles to clear before it will come up for a vote.
Democrats want Governor Branstad to sign the state up for Medicaid expansion instead because they say it is cheaper and covers more Iowans.
At a press conference Monday, Branstad felt lawmakers would come to an agreement anyway, “We need to get past the hyper-partisanship, the unreasonable accusations and personal attacks. That’s not how we do things in Iowa. We’re problem solvers. We need to work together and at the end of the day I’m hopeful the legislature will recognize that as well.”
Lawmakers and the governor must agree to a new plan before the end of the year when the Iowa Care program ends.
That means a decision could wait until a special session later in the year.