WASHINGTON (CNN) - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, dismissed Democratic criticism Wednesday that it increasingly appears he doesn't want any health care deal at all - a key point Democrats have been making to justify the possibility of going it alone, without GOP votes.
"I've said all year that something as big and important as health care legislation should have broad-based support," Grassley told CNN. "So far, no one has developed that kind of support, either in Congress or at the White House. That doesn't mean we should quit. It means we should keep working until we can put something together that gets that widespread support."
Top Democrats close to the White House have told CNN the Obama administration is looking hard at pushing through a health-care reform bill without Republican backing.
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released a statement Wednesday saying negotiations remained on track.
"Bipartisan progress continues," said Baucus. "The Finance Committee is on track to reach a bipartisan agreement on comprehensive health care reform that can pass the Senate. Our group will be meeting tomorrow and our staffs continue to meet as well. I am confident we will continue our steady progress toward health care reform that will lower costs and provide quality, affordable coverage to all Americans."
Grassley is a toad. He is devoid of ideas.
He has no choice, if he does not have a "Come to Jesus Meeting" with the GOP and make HCR happen with POTUS & DEMS, then he is TOAST. along with all the other blockes on both sides of the isle.
And your ideas are????
Really Charlie Brown, I'll hold the football this time. I promise I promise.
Get out of here Grassley you are fowl liar !! You have been caught lying, and you can't act in good faith with someone you CAN'T TRUST !!
For those of you who believe anything this snake says, keep on drooling.
Lets trash this guy - just like the pharmaceutical industry's "tools" we all are.
Lets all call him a liar whenever he tells the truth.
Grassley – you're a disgrace to humanity!! You're a lying, thieving, disgusting human being!! YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS SARAH AND RUSH ARE THE REAL DEATH PANELS!!!!!!!!!
Grassley, like all Republicans, has absolutely no interest in making any kind of health care deal. That fact appears to be finally sinking in.
As an Iowa voter, I was very disappointed by some of the comments Senator Grassley made at a recent town hall.
One comment, in particular, regarding the fact that he will not vote for any health care reform bill that will "pull the plug on Grandma".
Shame on you Senator!
I expected better of you than that!!
Why are so many people risking their political careers over this doomed healthcare "reform?" Perhaps it is because BIG PHARMA has been spreading billions and billions of dollars around. Why would BIG PHARMA do this? Without insurance companies, all BIG PHARMA needs is a few will placed cronies to charge whatever they want.
I simply don't believe him. From what I have seen so far, whether one agrees with the Obama plan or not, the republicans have made no effort whatsoever to negotiate anything in good faith. I don't think they want any sort of reform, because they are all in the pockets of the insurance industry.
As Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama's Special Advisor for Health Policy, puts it, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."
With who? The health lobbies that are funding the Congressional campaigns? How about for the people that actually voted you in for once!
Why should republicans and any thinking American go along with any health plan proposed by the current congress? The President and the democrat party leadership have all vowed to seek a single payer health system either now or eventually in the near future. Any plan approved will by intent and design will lead to single payer. Do you really want federal bureaucrats deciding your level of health care??? It's amazing that liberals scream over any control of women's reproductive rights but think it's just GREAT that the FEDS will be able to control all other body parts thru federal control of health care.
Grassley is a liar and a hypocrite. He has done nothing but waste everyone's time. Just go away...you and all of the other republican toads.
I think Grassley just blinked
Actually, Senator Grassley has already put his idea for health care reform out there.
When a concerned citizen asked why the rest of us can't have insurance like he does, his answer was to "get a job in Congress"!
Another member of the Grand OLD Obstructionist Party, more lies, misinformation.
Let's face the TRUTH AMERICA the GOP are on the side of BIG INSURANCE.
WHO IS ON AMERICA'S SIDE?
WHO IS ON THE SIDE OF THE ILL? THE UNINSURED?
No one believes you, Mr. Grassley
You're just there to stall and put the White House on a wild goose chase to nowhere.
If he's really working on healthcare why will he outrightly come out against the public proposal? I think he has drown the line in the sand and does not thing of the other side. This is how these conservatives opperate, self centered.
1. Tax Credits to cover the cost of private insurance (aka we get to keep more of our pay checks, that we worked for).
2. Eliminate regulations to allow insurers to cross state lines, approx 1300 insurance companies to Choose from then. (aka competition)
3. Torte reform (aka limits on lawsuits to reduce costs)
Just a very few of the Republican ideas. Other Democrats have good ideas too.. wish that President Obama would really reach across the aisle as he promised.
Sen. Grassley has proven not to tell the truth with his deplorable "killing grandma" nonsense. He sadly LIES here, too. Grassley has NO intention on voting for ANY bill.
Forget the Party of No. Voters will take care of these Whigs next elections IF the Senate does what Americans elected them to do and pass health-care with a public option.
The Senate Finance Commiittee needs to stop the nonsense and adopt the same bill as the House Energy and Commerce Committee that included conservative Dems.
Yeah right, he's dancing to the tune of Rush and Rove.
The Repubs just want to stall, they will never concede on the Public Option. I say the Dems have the majority, let them deliver. If they don't, then I will be voting against them in the primaries. What is the point of having a majority when you do not use it. Either have the Dems get in line to conduct Party business or say goodbye to them in the primaries.
And just a few days ago he was bragging to his constituents about how he's holding everything up. Sen. Grassley is a liar.