August 9, 2009

This has been out there for a few days, but it was stuck in my queue so I wanted to post about it.

Isn't Chuck Grassley supposed to be involved in the 'bipartisan talks' with Max Baucus on health care? Why is he then attacking it with phony right wing talking points and invoking the name of Ted Kennedy and his illness? Why would the media take him seriously if he's speaking Beckerwocky? Why would...why bother...

And is he saying that Ted Kennedy's HELP bill was designed to kill Ted Kennedy?

Think Progress:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, has taken the lead role in negotiating the health care reform bill for the GOP. But earlier today during a radio interview with Iowa City’s KCJJ, Grassley steered the conversation with a caller toward rationing health care services among the elderly, one of the right wing’s favorite fearmongering tactics when it comes to health care reform. And as an example, Grassley cited Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) brain tumor. Grassley said that in countries with government-run health care, Kennedy “would not get the care he gets here because of his age.” Instead, the government would decide to spend health care resources on younger people “who can contribute to the economy”:

GRASSLEY: In countries that have government-run health care, just to give you an example, I’ve been told that the brain tumor that Sen. Kennedy has — because he’s 77 years old — would not be treated the way it’s treated in the United States. In other words, he would not get the care he gets here because of his age. In other words, they’d say ‘well he doesn’t have long to live even if he lived another four to five years.’ They’d say ‘well, we gotta spend money on people who can contribute more to economy.’ It’s a little like people saying when somebody gets to be 85 their life is worth less than when they were 35 and you pull the tubes on them.

He's been told by whom? Isn't he supposed to know and cite facts since he's crafting legislation? These right wing gasbags are disgraceful and will say anything to destroy health care reform in America. Palin used her own baby and now Grassley uses Ted Kennedy's brain tumor. Is it any wonder that the Zombie Plumbers, along with the astroturfers are crashing the health care town halls?

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