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2018 Survey of General Election Candidates for Governor of Iowa

(Click here to view the primary election survey information and results.)

2018 Iowa Cancer Consortium Gubernatorial Survey Cover Page


Disclaimer


The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a nonpartisan organization. Responses included below and in the primary election survey documentation were provided directly by candidates and were not edited. The information provided on this page is in no way an endorsement for any 2018 gubernatorial candidate and is intended for informational purposes only.

Following the primary elections, candidates for the general election were offered a second opportunity to submit answers to the survey questions, or to revised their previously submitted answers. For this reason, answers below may differ from those reported in response to the primary election survey
 

About the Iowa Cancer Consortium


The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Coralville, Iowa. The Consortium works towards reducing cancer incidence and mortality in Iowa through collaborative partnerships that strengthen cancer prevention, screening, treatment, quality of life, and health equity for all Iowans. The Consortium’s activities are guided by the 2018-2022 Iowa Cancer Plan that serves as a road map for cancer control work. The Iowa Cancer Consortium and its partners of health care providers, public health professionals, caregivers, researchers, cancer survivors, volunteers, and many other Iowans work together to achieve the vision of an Iowa where cancer is not a burden.
 

2018 General Election Candidates for Iowa Governor 

  • Fred Hubbell, Democrat
  • Jake Porter, Libertarian
  • Kim Reynolds, Republican
 

Survey Topics


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Funding For Cancer Programs

Do you plan to increase state funding for cancer prevention, control, and research? If yes, how would you do this?

Fred Hubbell, Democrat

Response provided by candidate: As governor, I will work to ensure Iowa’s health services and programs have the support and resources they need, to provide Iowans the health care and treatment they deserve. This starts with reversing the privatization of Medicaid that has shuttered care facilities, and restoring funding for Planned Parenthood which provides cancer screenings and preventative services for thousands of Iowans. Additionally, Iowa universities conduct an array of cancer and treatment research, but year after year funding cuts could put a halt on research advancements. As governor, I would end these cuts and begin restoring resources that our education institutions need.

Jake Porter, Libertarian

This candidate did not respond.

Kim Reynolds, Republican

This candidate did not respond.

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Tobacco Prevention And Control

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in Iowa. The CDC recommends that the state of Iowa spends $30.1 million on tobacco prevention and control. In 2017, Iowa was funded at $5.2 million.

As governor, would you commit to funding tobacco prevention and control in Iowa at CDC-recommended level? If yes, how would you do this?

Fred Hubbell, Democrat

Response provided by candidate: Tobacco prevention programs and control have been incredibly effective at reducing and discouraging individuals, predominantly young people, from becoming addicted to tobacco. These are successful programs that deserve to be supported. As governor, I will work to ensure tobacco prevention and programs like it, that serve a good return to Iowans, are supported.

Jake Porter, Libertarian

This candidate did not respond.

Kim Reynolds, Republican

This candidate did not respond.

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Ensuring Iowans’ Access To Care

Many Iowans face cancer health disparities based on where they live, their racial or ethnic identity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and/or numerous other factors. 

As governor, what specific steps would you take towards ensuring that all Iowans have access to cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and quality-of-life services?

Fred Hubbell, Democrat

Response provided by candidate: AS governor, I will work to ensure every Iowan has access to the health care they need, and that’s why I am firmly committed to reverse the privatization of Medicaid, which has been a complete disaster and reduced care for thousands, and restore funding for Planned Parenthood, that provides affordable cancer services and care to thousands of Iowans. Additionally, while Governor Reynolds signs legislation allowing “non-insurance” insurance plans to skirt ACA regulations, as governor, I will work to ensure all Iowa insurance plans comply with federal guidelines so Iowans cannot be denied treatment or care due to a pre-existing condition, or be denied coverage for cancer treatments.

Jake Porter, Libertarian

This candidate did not respond.

Kim Reynolds, Republican

This candidate did not respond.

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The 2018-2022 Iowa Cancer Plan And Policy

The 2018-2022 Iowa Cancer Plan outlines the roadmap to reducing the burden of cancer through prevention, screening, treatment, quality of life, and health equity interventions and partnerships. Our goals are to prevent cancer, detect cancer at its earliest stages, improve the accessibility and availability of quality cancer treatment, ensure the highest possible quality of life for all Iowans affected by cancer, and eliminate cancer health disparities in our state.

How would you use the priorities and goals from the 2018-2022 Iowa Cancer Plan to guide public policy development as governor of Iowa?

Fred Hubbell, Democrat

Response provided by candidate: The cancer plan lays out a good roadmap of steps to address cancer care in Iowa and should be used to inform our approach to improve health care results in general. As governor, I look forward to using the information provided from health experts and medical professionals to invest and expand in the programs and services that best serve Iowans.

Jake Porter, Libertarian

This candidate did not respond.

Kim Reynolds, Republican

This candidate did not respond.

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Candidate Statements

What else would you like Iowans to know about your plans for cancer control and prevention as Iowa’s governor?

Fred Hubbell, Democrat

Response provided by candidate: I’ve worked throughout my life to expand access to quality health care, whether as Chair of Planned Parenthood, on the board of Mercy Hospital, or helping Broadlawns Medical Center expand their mental health services, and as governor it will be my key priority from Day One. Using my experience in the public and private sector, I will bring experts together to deliver results, so every Iowan will have access to the quality, affordable care and services they need to lead healthy, successful lives. 

Jake Porter, Libertarian

This candidate did not respond.

Kim Reynolds, Republican

This candidate did not respond.

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