Ap­par­ently the law isn’t all bad, huh, Chuck?

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

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?

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