September 8th, 2009
09:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Grassley planning counter offer

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A source close to Republican Sen. Charles Grassley tells CNN he intends to offer counter proposals to Sen. Max Baucus tomorrow morning, as the Senate Finance Committee chair requested.

What changes he will offer is still unclear. He and his aides will work on it tonight.

The source did not want to speak on the record by name discussing internal deliberations.

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Max Baucus
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Gary's Opinion

    Hopefully the media will not stop with the lie that Republicans don't have a plan or Republicans won't compromise....if the Democrats wanted Republican opinions and input, they could get it. Republicans do put out ideas, do compromise etc....but the whole public option thing is bad for the country and not wanted by 70% of the country. The Democrats need to listen to the people, learn to compromise and work with Republicans.

    September 8, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Mic

    Why don't we hear anything about the Reps bill HR3400 that Pelosi sits on and says the Repubs have nothing to offer??? Can the American public please get some responsible reporting?????

    September 8, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Steven

    Since Grassley has stated repeatedly that he will not vote for the bill no matter what changes are made to it, why should his counter proposal matter in the least? Why should anyone assume he is acting in good faith when his own statements point to the fact that he isn't.

    September 8, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Georgia

    The following is what you could expect as a health care proposal from an old white Republican Pig Farmer from Iowa:

    "Yeah – Let's set up a health plan that only the very wealthiest could afford – and make it an exclusive club! Yeah – that's the ticket – Yeahhhhhhhh".

    You know that you can't even drive through Iowa without a clothespin on your nose to protect you from the smell of all of the Pig S(manure)T!

    September 8, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. RR

    A republican plan? What will the people who call the GOP "Got 0 Plans" say?

    September 8, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    He had months to put one together so I really don't think he will have one tomorrow morning. stall and Delay is Chuch Grassley plan.

    September 8, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    Baucus proposes fines for those who don't sign up for health insurance.

    CNN would you please post this fact:
    To force people to buy health insurance is in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment to Our Constitution!!!! Doesn't this elected official realize that???

    September 8, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |


    Ok, let's hear the republican version (details & substance please)!

    – How does it pass the bipartisanship test?
    – How does it control raising health care costs?
    – How does it provide coverage for all?
    – Why wait this long to come out with your (Republican's) version?

    September 8, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |

    Few more details
    – How is it funded?
    – How is it measured?
    – What if it fails to deliver? 🙂

    September 8, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. samiam

    You had your chance, but this is all a game to those that have and to those that would rather cut off there nose to spite their face.

    It's like these teachers who wanted this President to pass the stimulus bill to save there jobs. Now some turn around and say they don't want him in there schools. Give up that job if you dislike him so much and the same when health care passes.

    JUST SAY NO OPT OUT... I hope there is a provision that says you can opt out for life and you don't have to pay into the health plan.

    September 8, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    The Public Plan is not for the Poor, who have been happy beneficiaries of Medicaid. On the contrary, the Public Plan can get the poor out of welfare and Medicaid. Many of them cannot leave, because they cannot afford to pay health care coverage. The Public Plan can bring these poor into the Middle Class.

    The Public Plan is installed –> Fewer Poor will need Medicaid –> Middle Class is enlarged –> Democracy is strengthened.

    If you are for democracy and don't want the rich getting richer and the middle getting poor, please support the Public Option. Thanks!

    September 8, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Libs=Ignorance in action

    Hope it does not include a public option. give away, give away,give away. New idea, cut out welfare to pay for the public option.

    September 8, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Pat, CA

    Whenever I'm discouraged about our country's direction under Obama, I remember Ronald Reagan. He was our last great patriotic American president. He considered America the shining city on the hill - as I do.

    Nowithstanding the Obama "interlude," WE WILL HAVE THIS AGAIN!

    I just know it! We are America - the GREATEST experiment in democracy ever!

    God bless America!

    September 8, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. robert e lowe

    they would have to pay me just to set down at tho negative thanking table no thanks.

    September 8, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. Joe six pack

    Oh that's easy. The GOP proposal is simple, give all your money to insurance companies, don't file claims then go to a corner and die.

    September 8, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. T Mckinley

    The Grassly Counter Offer:

    "Hey Max, listen; if you'll agree with me to scrap health care reform altogether, I'll give you a percentage of the big payoff I'm going to get from the healthcare insurance industry once this healthcare reform issue is completely dead. What do you say, Max? Are you in?"

    September 8, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. T Mckinley

    The Republican Solution for Healthcare:

    Let the private healthcare insurance companies fleece the American public until they have taken every last cent from us and left us all bankrupt.

    September 8, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. On the other hand...

    How about a plan that is actually developed with the intent and smarts to save costs in the real world? I hope so. The only proposals I have seen so far that do this came from Senator John McCain. Of course, the administration and Democratic congress are still too poofed up by their November wins to pay any attention to John McCain's plan. Unfortunately, his is the one that America needs and can afford right now.

    September 8, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. Reform begins with Public Option

    Reform Begins with the public option

    or its not reform, its still just a shell game.

    The voice of Sensible Americans

    September 8, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. Alfred E. Neumann

    You can bet a lobbyist wrote Grassley's proposal!

    September 9, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Nea

    Grassley needs to make up his mind either he is for Health care Reform or he is not. The Democrats really need to watch Grassley isnt he the sme one thats try to mislead some of his supporters before and they believed it.

    September 9, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Peoples Voice

    What is wrong here. We have a super majority in the Senate and House.


    Dems, Do the job we elected you to do, and do it now.

    September 9, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  23. peter

    Chuck! Chuck please do the good for the greater benefit of our "A PLACE TO GROW" Hawkeye state by passing this healthcare bill and leave the politic a side for the seek of 40,000 Iowian who are in a need of healthcare now.

    September 9, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Send Grassley before the death panels - it's time to get him out of US Politics (he's only in it for the Insurance Companies).

    September 9, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  25. xargaw

    Grassley has totally discredited himself with his death panel lies and then his statement that stopping healthcare reform is his true goal. He is an embarrassment to the Senate. Had he any character, he would be ashamed.

    September 9, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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