President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Chairman Max Baucus have all given Republican Senator Grassley incredible power in the health care debate. In an effort to create a bipartisan bill, Senator Grassley has been given a practical veto over any health care proposal.
As thanks for giving Grassley a very influential seat at the table, he has decided to spread absurd, slanderous lies about the Democrats' (including President Obama's) health care reform ideas. According to the Iowa Independent, at a town hall meeting,
In the House bill, there is counseling for end of life,” Grassley said. “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.This scurrilous lie is not only absurd but also stupid. It is ridiculous to claim that anyone wants to kill people's grandmas. The idea that the House Democrats have some secret plan to kill old people is pure insanity.
The lie is also just stupid. Basically, everyone's grandmas are covered by the government run single payer health insurance program, Medicare. If Grassley was truly worried about a “government-run plan” deciding to pull the plug on grandparents, he would advocate repealing Medicare. Since Grassley has never made any effort to eliminate Medicare, he probably feels all the Grandmas have nothing to fear from a government-run plan.
Grassley is not only lying to the American people but he is trying to convince Americans that Democrats and the government employees have a secret plan to kill their grandmas. This rhetoric has no place in this important debate and neither should Senator Grassley. It is time for the Democratic leadership to tell Grassley to stop lying or kick him out of the bill writing negotiations.