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Local News 1.10.2018

Privitizing Medicaid in Iowa has contentious since day one, and according to Representative Greg Heartsill the Iowa Legislature may be giving the change another look.  The issue – savings have been far less than originally anticipated – just $47.1 million in fiscal year 2018, which is $184.9 million less than what then Governor Terry Branstad predicted when he ordered the privatized shift in 2015.  Heartsill says one of the mistakes he believes lawmakers made during the switch to privatization was not taking a look and evaluating the good and the bad that happened in other states that have made similar moves.  Heartsill says the state may have bit off more than they could chew and it’s time law makers stepped in and took another look at the issue.

Mahaska County has joined 34 other counties in the state of Iowa who have together filed a lawsuit against drug companies.  Neighboring counties including Marion and Monroe are also listed as filing suit in an effort to combat the opioid drug epidemic. Defendants in the case include heavyweights such as Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and Endo Pharmaceuticals.  Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Chair Henry “Willie” Van Weelden said the epidemic has hit the bottom line in Iowa counties in very real ways, including overdose autopsies and jailing drug offenders.  


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How to Walk without Burdens
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4

The One who continues to ascend the mountain of God realizes it’s the hands of His purity which make marks along the way. These hands which have been kept clean by busy serving with obedience for the owner. The hands have not been idle serving their selfish needs and desires but have found others along the way to help and to see the Lord. These hands have found a reason to exist outside of selfish gain and have been there to help others up the mountain. These hands have been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, and the purpose is to help others see the Light and walk in it.

When the hands are kept busy serving others, there is no time left to pick up the idols of this world. When tempted to lay hold of an appealing treasure of this world the heart testifies to its defilement for there is no purpose when climbing the mountain of the Lord for worthless idols. The weight of the obsession will hold us back from the goals of our hands and heart. When we must carry around worldly idols they can make it too complicated to continue climbing. But again, the owner of the mountain gives us the strength to let go of the worthlessness of any false idol which tries to detain our journey.

We make life way too problematic when we try and hold onto vanity but letting go of the things which are making our climb difficult will make for an abundant and adventurous journey. Keeping our hands clean by reaching out to the world around us with compassion will keep our heart pure and our eyes on the Lord of the mountain. There will never again be another dreary day because it is filled with hands that are busy serving and a heart that is pounding with adventure.

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