Chuck Grassley, your classic asshole politician

How these people manage to live with themselves is a mystery. Chuck Grassley flip-flopped all over the place on critical healthcare issues for most of 2009. But then the townhall screamers and racists starting making headlines in late Summer. Being a spineless politician he thought he saw a sure thing and threw in with them.

Well it’s now March 2010. Healthcare legislation has passed and, despite his fervent opposition and flat-out lying, what’s he saying today? That Americans can thank him for his ‘leadership.’

Back in July: Why can’t I have decent healthcare, like you?

“You can. Go work for the federal government.”

August:

There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life,” Grassley said. “And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you’re going to die. You ought to plan these things out. And I don’t have any problem with things like living wills. But they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.

Really.

Asked about Sen. Chuck Grassley’s comment that end-of-life care could “pull the plug on grandma,” [Howard] Dean pointed out that the Iowa Republican had voted for a similar provision for Medicare only a few years ago.

“All the House did was essentially repeat the same thing that Senator Grassley voted for in 2003 in their bill,” Dean said. “Now, how you can morph that into ‘pulling the plug on grandma,’ I don’t know. I think it’s despicable. I think it’s awful, the lies that have come out on this bill that are just designed to frighten the daylights out of people.”

Time magazine:

Why Grassley Turned on Health-Care Reform

If there had ever been any hope for a truly bipartisan health-care bill this year, it came in the person of one cantankerous and quirky Iowan. For months, much to the consternation of many of his fellow Republicans, Charles Grassley, the ranking minority member on the Senate Finance Committee,grandma's fine had continued to negotiate behind closed doors with chairman Max Baucus and four other members of the panel. No Republican received more TLC from Barack Obama, who has met with Grassley three times at the White House and called him three times more just to keep in touch . .

That was then. In August, Grassley — who is up for re-election next year — held town halls and constituent meetings in 30 counties. While the sessions never got as raucous as they did in some other parts of the country, Grassley’s constituents turned out by the thousands to tell him how little they thought of his efforts back in Washington. One sign in the small town of Adel read “Thank God Patrick Henry Did Not Compromise.” Over the course of the recess, Grassley began sounding less like a potential Obama ally and more like the enemy army. When the Iowa Senator actually gave credence to the absurd notion that the House version of the legislation might allow the government to decide when, in his words, to “pull the plug on Grandma,” Democrats decided he was past the point of any hope. And then came Grassley’s late-August coup de grâce, a campaign fundraising letter. “The simple truth is that I am and always have been opposed to the Obama Administration’s plans to nationalize health care,” Grassley wrote. “Period.”

And today:

Grassley: Look How Great This Health Care Bill Is

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has long been a vocal critic of the Democrat’s health reform efforts, but today he started taking credit for some provisions of the bill, and talking up his own role in crafting the legislation.

In a release sent out by his staff to reporters today, Grassley says the bill will “hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable for the federal tax benefits they receive” thanks to his work . .

M E M O R A N D U M

To: Reporters and Editors

Re: tax-exempt hospitals provisions in new health care law

Da: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, with jurisdiction over taxes, has worked to hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable for the federal tax benefits they receive. 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 . .

The provisions enacted in the new health care law are the result of Grassley’s leadership on tax-exempt organizations’ accountability and transparency . .

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