This is more than a little disturbing. Iowa's position in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings fell from No. 1 to No. 14 overall, and from No. 3 to No. 20 in the "Health Care" category. Best States Rankings. Considering that "health care" and "elder issues" were conspicuous by their absence from both the Governor's Wish List and her I Got My Wish List, this is not really surprising.
When older Iowans gather, they talk about 1) their health and 2) how politics, taxes and the weather affect their health. By 2030, Iowa will be home to 144,000 more seniors than today. That means even greater demands on a health care system already straining to meet Iowans' needs.
Is anyone listening?