Apparently the law isn’t all bad, huh, Chuck?
Last week, Outliers was scratching its head at the e-mail sent out by Senate Republican heavyweight Chuck Grassley of Iowa taking credit for some of the fine, upstanding provisions of the new healthcare reform law.
Despite some rather well-publicized, um, intransigence from every Republican in Congress on the bill, Grassley wants the public to know that he authored provisions that force tax-exempt hospitals to become more accountable and transparent, even though he voted against the bill several times. Did he vote for the healthcare law before he voted against it?
Not quite. Grassley never voted to move the bill out of the Finance Committee on Oct. 13. And as one of his congressional staffers explains in an e-mail: “He’s made clear from the beginning that there were some things he could support in the Senate’s health reform bill, even though there was a lot that he would oppose. It’s very common for senators to have that view toward major bills.” Hear that, John Kerry?