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For the 487th time, why in the hell is this guy in the negotiations?

One of the three Republican senators working on a bipartisan health care bill perpetuated a particularly outrageous untruth about the legislation on Wednesday.

Appearing at a town hall in his home state of Iowa, Sen. Chuck Grassley told a crowd of more than 300 that they were correct to fear that the government would "pull the plug on grandma."

"There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life," Grassley said. "And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things out. And I don't have any problem with things like living wills. But they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines if you're going to pull the plug on grandma."

Chuck Grassley needs to be cut out of the negotiations, now, whether by Baucus or the White House. He is not participating in this process in good faith. The fact that he has any input into this piece of policy making is a travesty.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 07:46 AM PDT.

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