1st Congressional District, Cedar Rapids-Today, Steve Rathje, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat representing the 1st District of Iowa, released a statement regarding the October 1 implementation of ObamaCare and the potential Federal Government “shutdown”:
The Federal Government is poised to employ a financial stranglehold on roughly 20% of our nation’s economy, while at the same time introducing new regulations and bureaucracy through the execution of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.
I’ve talked to dozens of doctors in the 1st Congressional District, and they are concerned for their patients, and for their practices, as well. The uneven implementation of the rules and regulations, and the negative financial impacts on businesses and their employees, are just the beginning of the problems with this legislation.
There are those, including former President Bill Clinton, who say that this is the law of the land and it needs to be understood and obeyed. What makes this different, though, is that the Executive Branch has been busy picking winners and losers through the uneven execution of the law as it was passed by a Democratically controlled Congress and signed by a Democratic President. Why are large businesses immune from this law until next year, while the middle class isn’t? To me, the answer is clear; this is purely political. The President and Progressive leaders want nothing more than to both negate the implementation of ObamaCare on the largest scale until after the 2014 election cycle, and force this country into a shutdown they will blame on Constitutionally-based Conservatives.
We have an obligation to hold our elected officials accountable. This is an American tradition with roots in the foundation of our country. Between ObamaCare and the potential for a government shutdown, one has to wonder what our elected officials are busy doing…or not doing.
I’m running for the U.S. House of Representatives because I know Iowans are tired of business as usual from politicians; people who profess to have all the answers, yet many of who have never created a job. My campaign offers solutions, and I’m not afraid of writing them out, along with all the details behind my ideas. It’s available on my website and I’ve handed hundreds of them out across the 1st Congressional District. People are drawn to solutions instead of rhetoric, and I’m proud of the difference my campaign has made in the 20 counties I am running to represent in Congress.
Rathje’s experience in the 1st Congressional District goes back to the 2008 U.S. Senate race, where his campaign tallied the following impressive results in a three-way primary in the 20-county area against a politician and a businessman:
14 first place finishes, 4 second place finishes, and 2 third place finishes.
Allamakee 214 votes or 42% (1)
Benton 346 votes or 54% (1)
Blackhawk 786 votes or 40% (1)
Bremer 114 votes or 31% (2)
Buchanan 127 votes or 44% (1)
Clayton 289 votes or 69% (1)
Delaware 399 votes or 59% (1)
Dubuque 212 votes or 31% (2)
Fayette 311 votes or 40% (1)
Howard 75 votes or 29% (2)
Iowa 108 votes or 42% (1)
Jackson 62 votes or 43% (1)
Jones 257 votes or 44% (1)
Linn 2,973 or 54% (1)
Marshall 232 or 37% (1)
Mitchell 118 votes or 27% (3)
Poweshiek 69 votes or 22% (2)
Tama 199 votes or 42% (1)
Winneshiek 241 votes or 37% (1)
Worth 29 votes or 17% (3)
Total Votes Cast 15,236
Total Votes for Steve Rathje 7,161
% of Rathje Total 47%http://www.steverathje.com/economic-plan.html