Well, Chuck Grassley has done it again. Remember when I pointed out his absurdly capitalized tweets? Unfortunately, Grassley is back at his silliness, which strikes me as undignified for a long-standing U.S. Senator. First, he voted against Sonia Sotomayor, the first time he has voted against a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Then, he presented a critique on increasing the deficit in the form of a fairy tale featuring the “Deficit Dragon.” And now, astonishingly, he has given credence to the false notion of so-called “death panels” in the health care bill.
In his op-ed piece today, NYT columnist (and Nobel Laureate in Economics) Paul Krugman takes down Grassley and other opponents of health care reform:
Last week, Mr. Grassley claimed that his colleague Ted Kennedy’s brain tumor wouldn’t have been treated properly in other countries because they prefer to “spend money on people who can contribute more to the economy.” This week, he told an audience that “you have every right to fear,” that we “should not have a government-run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”
Again, that’s what a supposedly centrist Republican, a member of the Gang of Six trying to devise a bipartisan health plan, sounds like.
I’m not saying the health care bills are perfect — far from it. But if we, as a nation, are looking at a paradigm shift in how health care is allocated and paid for, we should do so honestly.