Monday, July 6, 2009

Sen. Grassley's Health Care Solution: "Go Work For The Government"

President Bush famously showed how out of touch he was on health care when he asserted that access to care was no problem: "After all, you just go to an emergency room." Senator Charles Grassley (R) of Iowa recently demonstrated the same aloofness on an issue critical to the well-being and financial stability of millions.

First, a little background. Grassley has stated, "We need to make sure there's no public option." This despite the fact that most Iowans favor a public health plan, according to the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll. Fifty-six percent are in support, thirty-seven percent are opposed and seven percent are unsure.

Grassley, like his Republican colleagues who are vehemently opposed to government-run health insurance, takes advantage of the government's public insurance policy. In a letter to the Des Moines Register, he wrote "I pay $356 a month for Blue Cross coverage, a plan that is available to federal employees." That covers both Grassley and his wife, a bargain compared to most American families. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average American family pays more than $1,000 a month.

Lest we think that Grassley is completely unconcerned, however, he does offer a solution, as shown in a town hall meeting in Waukon, Iowa. An audience member asked, "My question is...why is your insurance so much cheaper than my insurance and so much better than my insurance?"

First Grassley stated that the questioner should work for John Deere, since they "don't pay anything" for their plan. Grassley then revealed how little he actually knew about his own plan and had to be helped out by another audience member. The original questioner persisted: "Okay, so how come I can't have the same thing you have?"

Grassley's answer showed so much chutzpah that one almost has to admire it: "You can. Just go work for the federal government." Watch:

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