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Friday, May 15, 2009

Iowa Independent: Grassley closes door on supporting public health plan

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Yesterday we mentioned that Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior
Republican on the Finance Committee and a fierce opponent of public
health plans, had left the door open to including a public option in
the sweeping health care reforms he's currently drafting with panel
Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Today, Grassley all but eliminated the
possibility that he would support such a plan, warning that it would
be the first step toward a health care system controlled entirely by
the government. From a speech today on the Senate floor: "[S]ome say
that we can avoid these [payment] problems by putting the
government-run plan on a level playing field with private insurers. ...
So my question is this -- when this new government-run health
insurance plans starts to cost too much, is Congress going to start
breaking its promises?

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