August 19th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Grassley insists he's still looking to make a health care deal

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."


Filed under: Charles Grassley • Health care
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Duck Fallas

    Screw Grassley. Screw them all. They're insane, and their insanity is spreading through lies. They hate democracy. They hate America. Republicans suck.

    August 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. LYNETTE IN CA

    No he's not! He's a big part of the problem!!!

    August 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. GM from MN

    No Broad based support???????

    What planet does he live on?

    2/3 of the USA supports reform by most polls out there.

    Also the dems already made a HUGE compromise when they took Single Payer off the table.

    The GOP won't be happy until there is no reform.

    The main concern for people is that a bill hasn't yet gone through and therefore people are just confused by what might be in a final draft.........who would have thought that would be the case......I mean you just have people like Sarah Palin spreading OUT RIGHT LIES along with the Insurance companies spending MILLIONS of $$$ trying to spread mis-information. (millions which could have been spent on healthcare<<<you know the reason for the premiums in the first place.)

    THE DEMS HAVE CONCEDED FAR ENOUGH.......PASS A BILL WITHOUT THE GOP IF NECESSARY!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Go Grassley! Kill this abomination.

    August 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Uuuuuhhhh . . . Grassley?? You're a liar.

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    They rushed the stimulus and it has been a resounding failure. take the time to do this right or don't do it at all.

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Is it true that if a Public Option passes it will be administered by ACORN?

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    Sure he is......just like all of the Nopublicans are!!!

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. New Day

    It's hard to take him seriously when he goes on the stump and scares the crap outta everyone by saying that the bill (that he is helping to craft) will kill grandma.

    To all all the Tort Reform advocates – when u guys are in office, feel free to add Tort Reform to the existing legislation. It would make me sing with glee to know.

    It's unfair to just blame tort reform. The last time I checked, it wasnt just lawyers that are making a mint off of this system. Insurance company execs are raking in record profits while the insured are paying premiums that increase at a much larger rate than our pay increases. We are also paying the R&D costs of Big Pharma so that they can turn around and sell their products much cheaper over seas.

    Let's face it, our system sucks...

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. rose

    Insurance co. CEOs making millions while denying care to the ill. reform now!

    August 19, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Bev - NYC

    In 2010, I hope voters remember when their country needed then Republicans said No, No, No. They didn't mind spending billions on Iraq, but spending on Americans whome they represent, they can't do it. Wonder what health care is like in Iraq?

    It's time for Democrats to grow a pair and tell the Republicans to get out of the way. Republicans have already stated they will vote NO, it doesn't matter what the plan. As long as Obama is for it they will be against it, end of story. Work with those you can like the Senators from Maine and forget the rest of the Repub, let them complain to their 19% base that they are being ignored.

    August 19, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Sure ya are...and I'm gonna make it in the NFL!!!

    August 19, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Yea, right! Like the sky is falling.

    August 19, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. jonesbrother

    grassley has shown his unwillingness to compromise. dems should no longer be interested in what he has to say. let's move on without him and the other obstructionists. pass reform now!

    August 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Bob in Pa

    No deal, no how !
    There isn't any money left in America to do this right now.
    Tell Congress to put the Am Taxpayer on their "Do Not Call List" for 3 years. Then we can talk some more

    August 19, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Jilli

    Grassleys "still" looking to make a health care bill? When did he start?

    Too little, too late.

    August 19, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Chipster

    "Tort Reform" or better known as "Smoke Screen"

    This is nonsense. Tort reform won't save more than a pittance. Capping awards is estimated to save less that 1% of health care costs. But what will that sort of cap mean to the people have wrong limbs removed or the wrong surgery because of some careless health care worker or intoxicated doctor!

    What happened the the GOP promise for "accountability" and why do they think the medical community should be exempt?

    What's the next round of idiocy from the GOP? Health care causes warts to grow on your nose? Stop protecting insurance companies and careless health professionals. Neither of those help the medical professionals who act responsibly and care about their patients.

    August 19, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Scott

    And he will go on saying he wants to negotiate, but it is no more than a ploy to stall and kill reform. The Dems need to move on and pass bill without the Republican obstructionists. Hey, 60% voting IS sweeping.

    August 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    There hasn't been a single plan laid on the table that doesn't raise taxes or the deficit, both things Obama promised not to do. so supporters, how do we pay for it? Anyone? Anyone?

    August 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. nick

    What the Republicans will realize is that many Americans do hold "family values" which makes them consider the plight of their neighbor, once it is known, with the health care systems. Grassely and other GOP naysayers do not seem to think that the genersoity of the American heart is real when they oppose a measure that would help end the suffering of millions. We are basically a fair-minded people who are moved to copassion by the plight of others and not greedy "what's in it for me" or "what is it going to cost me," Republicans.

    August 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. avahome

    Watch the guys body language.....he also doesn't seem to be looking into the camera when he's telling lies. Please...we have had 8 years of GW talking gibberish, twitching and posturing....enough!

    August 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. gl, From Pittsburgh

    if they really want to be taking seriously, they need to DEBUNK ALL the lies coming from the Republicans party or else.

    August 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Sandi from Arizona

    The Repugs were hoping that they could make this go away. Afterall they didn't even address it for the eight years they had the top office, but with the President indicating that they are going forward without the Repugs they are getting the fact that it isn't going away. The real danger is when it all works and they can't take any credit for it. Kinda like when they kept saying the stock market kept going down after Obama was elected. No one saying anything now. Something worked and they can't take any credit for it. Kinda like how 1350 autoworkers were rehired this week. What can they say? They should be really scared, because Obama just might pull it all off and they will still be the party of NO!

    August 19, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. David

    We could care less what Grassley has to say. He might as well just show up at town hall meetings and shout, like all the other's 'hired' by and who 'work for' insurance/pharmaceutical lobbyists.

    The GOP is the cancer on America.

    August 19, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. alvino

    Grassley has pretty much given up any hope of bipartianship on the health care reform with his death panel assertion in Iowa. He owes Iowans an apology.

    August 19, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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