Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GOP’s Grassley takes credit for health reforms he voted against


In a sign Republicans may be worried that health reform is more popular than they're willing to admit, the GOP senator famed for saying the health overhaul will "pull the plug on grandma" is now taking credit for some of its elements.

In a press release put out this past weekend, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he "worked successfully to improve Medicare payments to doctors in rural states like Iowa and, in turn, access for beneficiaries, as part of the health care reform enacted this year."

That got the attention of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who reported on Grassley's new argument on Tuesday night.

"I voted against it, and it'll kill your grandma, but if there's any chance you like it, would you mind giving me credit for it?" Maddow mocked.

Grassley made waves last summer when he told an Iowa crowd, “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.”.............................

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