Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is a real jerk. Thinking people in Iowa should get rid of him in their next election and elect someone who has some common sense.
In reality, the so-called âdeath panel provision,â Section 1233 of the House Tri Committee bill, would allow Medicare to reimburse providers for consulting with patients about end-of-life issues; nothing in the section mandates a consultation. In fact, the provision builds on President Bushâs efforts to expand Medicare coverage to âcounseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care optionsâ for terminally ill patients. In 2003, Grassley voted in favor of the provision as part of Bushâs Medicare drug bill. [Think Progress]
Here are some more of Grassleyâs jewels:
- Government Will Pull Plug On Grandma: âThere is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life, And from that standpoint, you have every right to fearâ¦.We should not have a government program that determines if youâre going to pull the plug on grandma.â [8/12/2009]
- Uses Kennedyâs Brain Tumor To Spread Fear Of Rationing: âIâve been told that the brain tumor that Sen. Kennedy has â because heâs 77 years old â would not be treated the way itâs treated in the United States. In other words, he would not get the care he gets here because of his age.â [8/5/2009]
- Reform Will Place Bureaucrats In Charge: âPTL BluDogs Keep barkin Pelosie bill is Govt takeovr of healthCare Breaks Obama promiseâkeep what u hvâ Puts Wash Burocrats in chrg MUSTSTOP.â [@ChurckGrassley, 7/24/2009]
Grassley Hung Up On Process, Not Substance:
- Reform Must Pass With 80 Votes: âIt ought to be from 80 people in the center of the Senate, I would think.â [7/22/2009]
- Will Only Vote For Reform With Four Other Republicans: âIâm negotiating for Republicans and if I canât negotiate something that gets more than four Republicans, Iâm not a very good representative of my party.â [8/17/2009]
- Bipartisanship Means âNo Public Optionâ: Asked âwhat needs to be inâ a health care reform bill âfor it to be bipartisan,â Grassley declared, âWe need to make sure that thereâs no public option.â [6/24/2009]
- Loses Patience With Democrats: Grassley told National Review Online that âheâs losing patience with Democrats, who earlier this week signaled that they were ready to abandon hopes for a compromise.â âI wonât walk away,â Grassley said, âbut if Iâm pushed away, Iâll be on the Senate floor trying to kill bad amendments and get good amendments adopted.â [8/19/2009]
- Recommends Scaling Back Bill As âNatural Outcomeâ Of Town Halls: Grassley told the Washington Post that the Finance Committee group is still discussing a âcomprehensiveâ plan, but revisiting that approach would be âa natural outcome of what people may be getting from the town hall meetings.â [8/20/2009]
- Claims He Hasnât Said Anything New During August Recess: Asked if there is hope for a bipartisan deal, Grassley said âI havenât said anything new since we adjourned for the summer break that Iâve been saying for the last three months. So for the White House to draw any conclusions other than what Iâve told the president right to his faceâ¦â [8/20/2009]
- Claims He Wonât Vote For âImperfectâ Health Care Bill: âNow is the time to do this right or not do it.ââ¦âWe need to slow down and do a little less,â Mr. Grassley told another town-hall gathering in Pocahontas, Iowa, Monday afternoon. âWe need to fix whatâs broken and leave alone whatâs working well.â In an interview, he vowed not to vote for an âimperfect billâ that includes a public option or gives the government too much control over end-of-life issues. [WSJ, 8/25/2009]
- Deficit Projections Require Smaller Reform Package: Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of three Senate Republicans negotiating on health care, said the soaring federal budget deficit âputs a stake in the heartâ of $1 trillion measures being debated in Congressâ¦.âItâs going to have a big impact on whether Iâll even support something,â he said at a town-hall meeting yesterday in Le Mars, Iowaâ¦.Still, he said, a forecast by the Congressional Budget Office that deficits between 2010 and 2019 will total $7.1 trillion calls for a more-limited measure than the $900 billion bill the bipartisan group was discussing last month. âWeâre going to be looking at smaller numbers,â he said. The deficit projection also dooms $1 trillion measures already moving through the House and approved by the Senate health committee, Grassley said. [Bloomberg, 8/27/2009]
- Not Sure If Senate Finance Committee Can Reach A Deal: Asked whether he thought the six Democratic and Republican negotiators on the committee would be able to cut a deal when Congress returns from its summer recess next month, Grassley replied: âIf you asked me that on Aug. 6, I would have said yes, I think so, September. But youâre asking me on Aug. 27 and youâve got the impact of democracy in America. Everybodyâs showing up at town meetings.â [Kaiser Health News, 8/28/2009]
Grassley, A Proud Obstructionist:
- Proud To Obstruct Health Reform: âI take pride with being an obstructionist,â he said, if that means scuttling a public option that could lead to a single-payer system. [7/6/2009]
- Nonsensically Attacking Obama: âPres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said âtime to delvr on health careâ When you are âhammerâ u think everything is NAIL Iâm no NAIL.â [@ChuckGrassley, 6/7/2009]
- Tells Constituents To Work For Government: Asked during a town hall â âOkay, so how come I canât have the same thing you have?â Grassley said, âYou can. Just go work for the federal government.â [7/3/2009]
- Lying Is âThe Only Wayâ To Get Attention: Asked what he thought of falsehoods spread about comparative effectiveness research and electronic medical records, Grassley replied âI think they ought to hype them right now because peopleâs attention needs to be brought to it, and thatâs the only way youâre going to get their attention.â [3/19/2009]
- Sends Fundraiser To Defeat ObamaCare: âIâm sure youâve been following this issue closely. If the legislation sponsored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and Chairman Ted Kennedy in the Senate is passed it would be a pathway to a government takeover of the health care system. lt would turn over control of your health care decisions to a federal bureaucrat â¦ and take it away from you and your personal physician. It would mean government rationing in the name of cost controls. [Letter, 8/09] [Think Progress]
Read a lot more about Grassley on Wikipedia. He has been a senator since 1981! Makes one wonder about the sense of the Iowa people in electing him so many times. Maybe they need their heads examined. I notice he is also a member of The Family, along with our John Ensign.
Grassley had previously supported covering end-of-life counseling, having voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, which stated: “The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary’s need for pain and symptom management, including the individual’s need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.”
Grassley is a political hack. Take a look at his record on VoteSmart.
While youâre at it see where he is getting his campaign contributions from on OpenSecrets. Heâs a real piece of work.