Grassley Repeats ‘Death Panels’ Comments

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

The Iowa Independent’s Jason Hancock was trailing Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) as the senator made appearances across the state to talk about health care. Hancock reported yesterday afternoon that, at a rally in Winterset, Iowa, Grassley — the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which is currently negotiating a much-anticipated health care bill — promoted the myth that proposed health care reforms would create government “death panels” that would decide whether the old and infirm would live or die.

“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”

Well, he did it again later in the day at a town hall in Panora, Iowa.

“When you couple this with all the other fears that people have, and you have what they do in England, then you get the idea that someone is going to decide grandma’s lived too long,” he said.

Grassley is adamantly opposed to any government involvement in end-of-life planning, even if it is simply to provide money making it possible, because those decisions should instead be made in church.

“I think the best thing to do if you want to get people to think about end of life, number one Jesus Christ is the way to start,” he said. “But after that, in the physical life as opposed to your eternal life, it ought to be done within the family and considered a religious and ethical issue and not something that politicians deal with.”

It’s probably worth noting that Grassley is up for re-election in 2010.



Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

I see Father Chuck is invoking Jesus Christ now. It won't be long till we find out Jesus is against single-payer insurance & he just loves those health industry executives. Oh, & that bit about “Blessed are you who are poor…but woe to you who are rich…and well-fed….” [Luke 6:20, 24, 25] — must be a misquote.

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Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

Maybe “Bible” Jesus is against wars, and usury, and greed, but, “Patriot” Jesus says tax cuts are the way to heaven.

Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

Grassely must have joined the insurance industry and Freedomworks in lying to seniors. He owes seniors an apology. There is a related post at

Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

Grassley is both an idiot and a liar. And he KNOWS it, too. He is playing games and lying in a feeble effort to hurt the president's chances of being a success. In this, he is nothing but a political TOOL. He and his party don't care about how much damage they can do to this country, they want you as afraid of their made up lies as possible so that you will stand up and be a convenient idiot for HIS party, NOT to be a concerned citizen of this country. He and his party should be shown the door of American politics once and for all. We dont' needs greedy, selfish people leading us anywhere. We need people who give a damn about hte country calling the shots, and that means that those who champion profits above people's lives don't count. The republican party has shown us all that this is where their hearts lie, in money, NOT in making this a better country for anyone but themselves. It's time for them to go back into the woodwork where they belong, just like the rest of the termites.

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Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

grassley is up for de election in 2010. We will grant him a term limit.

Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

I am truly outraged at all this “killing Grandma” nonsense. I believe that anyone who truly believes this, even the elderly, did not vote for Obama, do not like him, and want him to fail. Republicans want him to fail because they cannot “wrap their heads” around the idea they do not control the White House or Congress any longer and think that if they smear Obama they will win in 2012. What has to happen for this nonsense to stop and for everyone to have a real debate on health care so that American people can have true health care reform?

Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

And what if you don't really care what Jesus Christ or the Big Guy in The Sky With The White Beard think? The Catholic Church is totally against any kind of intervention and would rather you suffer.

Saddened to See America Sicken
Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

Grassley is a continuing blight on Iowa,
but instead of killing corn, he is killing his uninsured and underinsured constituents.

Grassley is “pro-life” until it costs his corporate masters profits

ann reed
Comment posted August 14, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

worth noting also that grassley is associated with “the family”, the secretive right wing christian group that operates (as a church for tax purposes) the house on c street with which john ensign and mark sanford, the infamous adulterers, are associated. find out about how these guys are counseled re the morals that they require of others but not themselves. and ask grassley about all of that

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Comment posted September 1, 2009 @ 6:01 am

There is a great ad about Grassley out there stating that Grassley has accepted almost $3,000,00 from insurance and pharma companies. Any questions why he completes the trio of Palin and Bachmann. Hopefully the people of Iowa will take the opportunity to “end his life” as a politician in 2010.

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