DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A leading health care advocate in the Iowa Legislature says he's working to organize a nonpartisan health care summit to determine how Iowa moves ahead with the federal overhaul largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, says the court's Thursday ruling is a victory for consumers, the uninsured and people with pre-existing conditions who couldn't get insurance.
Hatch says he's been talking with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's chief of staff, who has expressed willingness to assemble a summit organized by nonpartisan third parties.
Hatch says assembling everyone dealing with health care would help Iowa work through the complexities of the law and meet requirements for states.
Branstad released a statement calling the decision disastrous. He says opponents must repeal the law.