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Chuck Grassley touts provisions he authored in health bill he voted against

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama's senior advisers believe the new health-care law will be good politics for them.

Could they be right?

For all the unified, angry rhetoric from Republicans lately, there is some evidence of cracks in the GOP wall of opposition.

Take, for example, the following e-mail from the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who had mocked the health-care legislation, gave encouragement to the "death panel" accusation, and abandoned bipartisan negotiations.

"The health-care legislation signed into law yesterday includes provisions Grassley co-authored to impose standards for the tax exemption of charitable hospitals for the first time," he said. "The provisions enacted in the new health-care law are the result of Grassley's leadership on tax-exempt organizations' accountability and transparency, including hospitals."

Yes, that's Grassley taking credit for the health-care bill. The same bill that some of his Republican colleagues say they want to repeal. The same bill that 13 Republican attorneys general say is unconstitutional.

"That Senator Grassley, who infamously declared that health reform would 'kill Grand Ma' and walked away from the negotiating table, would take credit for anything in this legislation is the most extreme form of hypocrisy imaginable," said Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

"To now take credit for a provision he says he 'co-authored' shows what a bind Republicans are in now that this law is proving popular with the American people," Woodhouse added.

Jill Gerber, a spokeswoman for Grassley, rejected the criticism, saying that Grassley had always said he liked parts of the bill. Gerber also pointed out that Democrats have often taken credit for pieces of legislation that they slammed overall, like the Bush tax cuts.

"So it's common-sense that a single piece of legislation can have provisions that are appealing and others that are unpalatable," she said. "Senator Grassley has always said there are some good things in the evolving health-care package, including the items he initiated. However, this new health-reform law was drafted by Democratic leaders
behind closed doors."

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 24, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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GRASSLEY SAID THERE WERE DEATH PANELS IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL

ANYBODY SEE ANY DEATH PANELS?

Posted by: orange3 | March 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS DID 100% OF HEALTH CARE REFORM AND 100% OF REPUBLICAN OPPOSED IT.

Posted by: orange3 | March 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a disappointment to see the DNC taking the partisan "low road," rather than taking this opportunity to welcome the Prodigal Republicans back into the fold.
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What fold? I suspect Mr. Grassley would receive a similar reception from the Democratic party as Mr. Spectre received. You see, the Democratic party does not have a "purity test," it welcomes moderates and even conservatives, and allows its members to have thoughts of their own. Mr. Grassley had the opportunity to contribute to this needed reform but chose party over his constituents' best interests. Mr. Spectre made a different choice and was welcomed accordingly.

I expect that Mr. Grassley will retire to his farm before he abandons his new found tea party pals. As one of the Iowans Mr. Grassley tried to throw under the bus, I plan to help him with that endeavor!

Posted by: risejugger | March 25, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Republican headquarters should be at Creedmoor Mental Hospital.

Then their actions and statements would make sense.

Posted by: charlesalmon | March 25, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

i remember grassley on c-span one morning after congress gave themselves a $5000 raise,telling the people who calledin that it would be very dangerous for any politician not to give a COLA to people on social security.as you know none was given and not one politician gave their raises back.so who and how can you believe anything that comes out of the mouths of our so-called capitol.i know i can`t!!!

Posted by: SISSD1 | March 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Did ANYONE see how the Republicans crafted their so called healthcare bill on C-Span? I didn't!
Did any of you even get to see it before they presented their folder full of blank paper to Congress?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | March 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

So lets put some facts into this debate instead of the usual over emotional BS. The fact is between medicare,medicaid,the VA, federal employees,state employees,municipal employees,the CHIP and COBRA programs more than 50% of the people in this country already have "true" government run healthcare. This bill is not "government run healthcare" its still run by the insurance companies they just have new ground rules. Yes you're required to buy health insurance now and thats great for the rest of us. Because we were paying for it anyway..everytime an uninsured person goes to the ER guess who pays? Now everyone has to pay their own way..and if you don't you'll be fined $750.still less than a year's worth of premiums.This bill is a watered-down version of the bill purposed by Nixon (a republican) almost 40 years ago. Its 90% the same as a republican healthcare bill would look. The only real,valid and true reason to oppose this bill is that conservatives A. Dont get the credit. and most importantly B. the 30million people who are uninsured arent republicans for the most part. So if they actually vote it would be a dagger to the party. Hence the "fight to the death" stance by the GOP.

Posted by: Lenin1 | March 25, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

So lets put some facts into this debate instead of the usual over emotional BS. The fact is between medicare,medicaid,the VA, federal employees,state employees,municipal employees,the CHIP and COBRA programs more than 50% of the people in this country already have "true" government run healthcare. This bill is not "government run healthcare" its still run by the insurance companies they just have new ground rules. Yes you're required to buy health insurance now and thats great for the rest of us. Because we were paying for it anyway..everytime an uninsured person goes to the ER guess who pays? Now everyone has to pay their own way..and if you don't you'll be fined $750.still less than a year's worth of premiums.This bill is a watered-down version of the bill purposed by Nixon (a republican) almost 40 years ago. Its 90% the same as a republican healthcare bill would look. The only real,valid and true reason to oppose this bill is that conservatives A. Dont get the credit. and most importantly B. the 30million people who are uninsured arent republicans for the most part. So if they actually vote it would be a dagger to the party. Hence the "fight to the death" stance by the GOP.

Posted by: Lenin1 | March 25, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Of course, its the republican way of doing business. Talk from both corners of the mouth. Just like the real estate bubble. Take credit for record home ownership levels in 2003 state of the union address but then pass the bubble off to Clinton in 2008 when it burst. Which is it? I'm confused. How can it be both ways?

Create the model for what has become federal law around healthcare in the United States in the form of the Massachusetts healthcare system...and then try to derail the federal version at every possible step of the way. Never mind its almost exactly like the MA version (Right up to and including an individual mandate). How are we to perceive this? In Romney's case how can his own reform be a good idea for MA but lousy for the country? And even worse now he has the balls to bad mouth the very reform in MA that he was touting as wonderful not even a year ago? Which is it? How can it be both ways?


Posted by: fortheclueless | March 25, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

GOP members of Congress are openly supporting violence and terrorism in their support of the Banking, Oil, Coal, medical Insurance and Tobacco Industries (yes, Tobacco is still heavily exporting death through cardiosavcular desease). Finally they have decided to show their true colors for potential political gain.

The Tea Party movement advocates violence and intimidation against women, children and elected officials in support of a Right Wing Corporate agenda. Their cursing at and spitting on women, children and elected officials and vandalism of their homes is a coordinated effort of conservative think tanks support for Oil, Coal, Tobacco, medical Insurance and Banking industries. The 'posers' are a shameful opposite of the values and freedom that veterans like me have spent our lives fighting for. Now they have resorted to death threats and vandalism against members of congress and their families in true KKK style and tradition.

Posted by: liveride | March 25, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

GOP members of Congress are openly supporting violence and terrorism in their support of the Banking, Oil, Coal, medical Insurance and Tobacco Industries (yes, Tobacco is still heavily exporting death through cardiosavcular desease). They have decided to show their true colors for potential political gain.


The Tea Party movement advocates violence and intimidation against women, children and elected officials in support of a Right Wing Corporate agenda. Their cursing at and spitting on women, children and elected officials and vandalism of their homes is a coordinated effort of conservative think tanks support for Oil, Coal, Tobacco, medical Insurance and Banking industries. The 'posers' are a shameful opposite of the values and freedom that veterans like me have spent our lives fighting for. Now they have resorted to death threats and vandalism against members of congress and their families in true KKK style and tradition.

Posted by: liveride | March 25, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

He'd better, isn't Obama on his way to Io there? Sen. Grassley, what happen to the healthcare bill that kills Grandma? They can't govern, They don't have a clue what they are against or stand for. All Grassley cares about is his seat and I hope he gets punished at the polls for deceiving Americans, Not voting for the Healthcare bill, and lose his seat. Your fired ex Sen. Grassley.

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Posted by: aqnihundana | March 24, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It's worth sayin twice -- They have no shame.

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | March 24, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | March 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

They have no shame.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 24, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Remember that there was a "Group of Six" senators last year who were trying to draft a bipartisan bill and Grassley was one of them. Then one afternoon, after a Democrat said progress was slowly being made in the Group of Six effort Grassley went on a talk show and said he would never vote for a health care reform bill. WTF? He was participating in a group trying to find common ground while at the same time saying he would never vote for it? What could Grassley's motive be but to talk health care reform to death? That's when the bipartisan effort fell apart and Democrats decided to go it alone. Alone, but rather ironically starting at the point where the Group of Six left off, including the compromises already made with Republicans.

Posted by: cwat | March 24, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

No surprise. The Repubs went to ribbon-cuttings for stimulus bill projects that they voted against. We need to call them out on every single one of these hypocritical claims. Voting no and taking credit is just wrong.

Posted by: DemoDevil | March 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Another hypocrite.

Posted by: bs2004 | March 24, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I love how his staffer says he wrote part of the bill, then states it was written behind closed doors by Democrats. She's the perfect person to work for a double talking hypocrite.

Posted by: madlyf | March 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I understand that there are about 200 Republican items in that Bill but not one vote by Republicans ? And Giuliani can't understand why Republicans are labeled the party of no when there was not one yes vote from Republicans in House or Senate ? What does Rudy not understand ?

Is pathetic that 13 State Attorney Generals are playing politics with this Bill. Perhaps these Attorney Generals have passed the Nazi or Iranian Islamic Republic Party loyalty test applied to all Republican Candidates now ? We don't want anyone in the Judiciary that is not a Team Player ?

Obviously, Republicans must be listening to their constituents if 200 Republicans ideas were incorporated into the Health Care Reform Bill. It's odd though Grassley a Republican would offer charity to people other than One-Percenters, imagine that.

Posted by: truthhurts | March 24, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

What a hypocrite! The Republicans are all saying they were denied input on this bill! Let's see if he votes for reconciliation...

Posted by: RIPRussert | March 24, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

What a hypocrite! The Republicans are all saying they were denied input on this bill! Let's see if he votes for reconciliation...

Posted by: RIPRussert | March 24, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It's actually perfectly fair for Grassley to take some credit, because he helped write the bill. What's silly is that his opposition almost killed the legislation. I guess politicians are about politics first and foremost.

Posted by: jeffwacker | March 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHA. What else is there to say. Defend & obfuscate o' Republican sheep.

Posted by: nameit23 | March 24, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Grassley was negotiating on the bill when the Tea Party idiots and some others threatened him with opposition in the primary. That's when he decided to toe their far right radical line.

The lunatic fringe has taken over the Republican Party mainstream.

McCain has a far right radical opponent, and look at him rush headlong into lunacy.

I'm glad the health care legislation moves toward parity between physical and mental illness, because that will definitely benefit the Republican base once they get their psychiatric diagnosis.

Posted by: StanKlein | March 24, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

marknesop posted March 24, 2010 7:10 PM
"Democrats could "take credit" for elements of the Bush tax cuts because they VOTED for them, idiot."

Yep, democrats took credit for the meager cuts they were able to get for what's left of the middle class.
Recall the $300.00 tax rebate democrats were able to squeeze out of republicans and then bush took credit for it.

Posted by: knjincvc | March 24, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

This should be a hoot, republicans campaigning on repealing HCR but taking credit for HCR.
Another example of imploding GOP at the hands of conservative republicans.
Heck of a job McConnell, Boehner, Kyl, Cornyn, Ryan, Cantor, Barrashole ... etal

Posted by: knjincvc | March 24, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The reality is that Grassley did contribute significantly to the bill. Nancy Pelosi did point out that 200 Republican ammendments went into the bill. Hopefully, the subsidies will be managable. But, as far as the insurance reform is concerned, there is no doubt that the new approach is a very big improvement. Chuck Grassley and many other Repulicans know well that claim is true.

Posted by: dnjake | March 24, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Grassley is supposed to be one of the few rational, moderate voices in his party, and he has proved himself to be a backstabber and a hypocrite. That's the best among the Repubs, who appear to hate their country's democratic process.

Posted by: turningfool | March 24, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Democrats could "take credit" for elements of the Bush tax cuts because they VOTED for them, idiot. Grassley voted against healthcare reform right down the line, and supported every attempt to derail it, no matter how roll-around-on-the-floor crazy. It is indeed the height of hypocrisy for him to now attempt linking himself to it in any positive context.

Posted by: marknesop | March 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's a disappointment to see the DNC taking the partisan "low road," rather than taking this opportunity to welcome the Prodigal Republicans back into the fold.


It's not the low road to hold politicians accountable for their actions. This doesn't reflect badly on the DNC. It reflects badly on Grassley, who, as far as I can tell, has not apologized for any of the deliberately erroneous and inflammatory statements he made about the health care bill.

What's happening is that none of the Republican doomsday scenarios are happening, and the Republicans realize that they are losing credibility, fast. So now they're trying to rewrite history -- they really supported the bill, see, except for those made up parts that weren't actually there, and it was the made up parts that caused them to vote against the bill. Heck, since the part they were really against was pretty much imaginary, they might as well claim credit for passing the darn thing.


Posted by: poster1231 | March 24, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Grassley, have you no shame?

Posted by: truth1 | March 24, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

As an Iowan, I'd LOVE to know when this old coot with the whiney voice is gonna RETIRE!!! (PROBABLY WHEN THEY HAVE TO CARRY HIM OUT BECAUSE HE COLLAPSED FROM OLD AGE!!!)

Posted by: slamming | March 24, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"It's a disappointment to see the DNC taking the partisan "low road," rather than taking this opportunity to welcome the Prodigal Republicans back into the fold."

Yes, because we all should be learning our lessons in "civility" from the GOP. That is rich.

Posted by: marSF | March 24, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Grassley really is representing the morons who voted for him well.

Posted by: marSF | March 24, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

How typical and how hypocritical! Of course they want it both ways. With majority support for the passed bill, Republicans are in a bind. They can still do the honorable thing and vote for the reconciliation bill in the Senate. This bill has all the fixes for the things that they railed against in the House.

Go figure that the Party of No thinks that they can have political success once the features are not only known but felt across this great land of ours. For 8 years, Republican controlled government just about ruined us. They are the ones who started us going downhill fast on government debt and global scorn. One of the worst campaigns ever was waged by "hero" McCain and "where do you think Putin goes" Palin.

Hooray for President Obama and his brand of politics. You cannot find a single dig in his comments when signing the bill yesterday. The man is a total class act. I am very proud of our President. It is the gun-toting and brick-throwing crazies that really bother me. When Bush said, "Bring it on," I felt like a sitting target. Now we have people actively pushing for civil violence.

Posted by: EarlC | March 24, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"'That Senator Grassley, who infamously declared that health reform would "kill Grand Ma" and walked away from the negotiating table, would take credit for anything in this legislation is the most extreme form of hypocrisy imaginable,' said Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee."

It's a disappointment to see the DNC taking the partisan "low road," rather than taking this opportunity to welcome the Prodigal Republicans back into the fold.

Posted by: GozoEconomics | March 24, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Are these the same Republican's who keep saying they were denied access to the negotiating table? How did he add provisions if he was not allowed access to the table of discussion?

Posted by: soapm | March 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Grassley, the charm, sense, logic and smarts of a corn cob.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 24, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

POTUS, Congress: Now do the REAL health care reform:

Stop Ongoing Bush-Cheney- Era Homeland-Led Atrocity Programs that Destroy American Lives, Livelihoods.

HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• How many thousands of Americans are silently attacked, tortured, impaired, "slow killed" each day by this covert weapon system camouflaged by cellular "communications" -- and how many operatives, agents and law enforcement officers are "authorized" to use it?

WHEN WILL CONGRESS, HIGH OBAMA OFFICIALS DEMAND THE TRUTH?

Where is the D.O.J. Civil Rights Division investigation, the congressional hearings, into this federal-local torture matrix?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories")

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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