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April 26, 2010

GRASSLEY CONTINUES TO TAKE CREDIT FOR BILL HE OPPOSED.... During the debate over health care reform, few, if any, policymakers played as absurd a role in the reform process as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) of Iowa. From advancing demonstrably ridiculous claims to forcing needless delays to brazen hypocrisy and contradictions, the Iowa Republican was an obnoxious force. Given that he was the Senate Republicans' point-man on health care, this was a problem.

It was pretty amusing, then, to see Grassley last month start to take credit for some provisions in the Affordable Care Act. In a press release, Grassley praised some of the effects of the legislation, and credited his own work for making these benefits possible.

Igor Volsky reports today that Grassley has done it again, "highlighting how the new law would help Medicare beneficiaries in rural Iowa." This is from the conservative senator's latest press release:

When doctors in states like Iowa are not fairly reimbursed for their services, it makes it difficult to recruit doctors and it makes it a challenge for them to keep their doors open to new Medicare patients. I 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. I've previously won passage of legislation to help hospitals in rural America keep their doors open. [emphasis added]

Remember, Chuck Grassley repeatedly tried to kill the proposal, fought to prevent the Senate from debating it, fought to prevent the Senate from even voting on it, and repeatedly concluded that the law itself is unconstitutional.

But just in case any Iowans end up liking what's in the new law, Grassley also wants folks to know some of the good stuff was his idea (even though he voted against the bill that included his ideas).

Shameless. Just shameless.

Steve Benen 3:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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THIS JUST IN:
United States Senator Exposed As Shameless Windbag. In other news, Sun Still Rises In East, Puppies Still Cute.

We'll be right back with more News Of The Obvious after this.

Posted by: Cazart on April 26, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

GRASSLEY CONTINUES TO TAKE CREDIT FOR BILL HE OPPOSED....

Somewhere in between these lines lies the answer , I know it , I just know ...

WHY ARE THEY AFRAID OF THE DEBATE?....

Posted by: FRP on April 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

While I'm not surprised by the Grassley thing, I was a little shocked by that puppy item.

Posted by: howie on April 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Politician: I am going to assume you are a total fucking idiot and I shall treat you like one by shamelessly lying to you!

Constituent who voted for shameless patronizing politician: That's OK, at least you're not a liberal democrat!

And there you have the modern American political dynamic: Hordes of people who know they are being treated like idiots but don't care.

Face it people, America is really a stupid, idiotic country.

Posted by: citizen_pain on April 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

For an elected official of baffoonery such as Grassley, I blame the voters! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Some puppies more likely , it should be no surprise , to the culturally advanced , liberal puppies are actually blood thirsty vampires , as opposed to republican puppies which maintain high levels of cutitude .
You should know this by now .
Really .

Posted by: FRP on April 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

as opposed to republican puppies which maintain high levels of cutitude

...and also are happy when their masters get a tax break and don't sit around waiting for their masters to give them a handout.

Posted by: qwerty on April 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Instead of just shaking our heads and muttering "shameless," shouldn't the Dems be trumpeting Grassley's press release in political ads proclaiming the Health Care Reform bipartisan? As proof that Republican ideas _were_ included? The ads don't have to mention the inconvenient fact that no Repubs actually voted for it -- but just state, as the fact that it is, how bipartisan the final bill ultimately was. On the one hand, it has the advantage of being true, and at the very least, it will muddle the election issue for rightwingers and tea partiers claiming that HCR is a government takeover.

Posted by: Emil France on April 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Grassley was for some of it but against all of it.

Posted by: TuiMel on April 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

But wait, I'm sure that the repuglicans told me that this bill was rammed down our throats without any input from them. Whats a girl to think?

Posted by: Kalira on April 26, 2010 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you, citizen_pain - after reading your post, it all kinda makes sense now. And you're absolutely right - this really IS a stupid fucking country.

Posted by: Patrick Star on April 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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