Ever since President Donald Trump announced that he was killing the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare), Republicans have struggled to come up with a coherent plan to replace the policy which had become the GOP’s nemesis issue for the past seven years.
Under President Barack Obama, virtually every GOP politician railed against Obamacare, promising to fight, repeal, and replace what they labeled “government-run health care.” In 2009, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) warned Americans that they should be concerned about Obamacare’s “end of life” provision, fueling the rumor of government death panels deciding who lives and who dies.
“In the House bill, there is counseling for end of life,” Grassley said (In 2009) during a town hall in Winterset, Iowa. “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”
“There are some people who think it is a terrible problem that grandma is laying in a bed with tubes in her, and that the government should intervene,” he said. “I think that’s a family or religious thing that needs to be dealt with.”
Grassley’s absurd conspiracy fear mongering was quickly debunked when the facts came out. However, the senator’s infamous scare tactic came back bite him on Tuesday morning during a town hall meeting in Iowa Falls, Iowa. During the event, a middle-aged voter stood up and confronted Grassley over his support to repeal Obamacare, and he wasn’t shy about throwing the Senator’s “death panels” phrase back in the politician’s face.
“If it wasn’t for Obamacare we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance,” he explained.
“With all due respect sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels,” the man reminded. “We’re going to create one great big death panel in this country that people can’t afford to get insurance!”
“Don’t repeal Obamacare! Fix it!,” he shouted.
The crowd in the room seemed to echo the elderly gentleman’s sentiments and did not seem interested in Grassley’s vague lukewarm assurances. And why should they? For over seven years Grassley and others have hunted Obamacare like Moby Dick, winning elections around the promise that they had a better plan. However, when it came time for them to show their cards, Americans saw firsthand that they were bluffing as they now scramble to get started on cobbling together some kind of health care plan to replace Obamacare.
However, in 2018 Grassley and his colleagues may be facing their own political death panels and the prognosis isn’t looking good.
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