Lester Feder caught up with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and asked him what he thought of the right-wing’s orchestrated smear campaign against comparative effectiveness research and electronic medical records.
Grassley, a moderate Republican voice who supports both cost-containment measures, encouraged the effort:
I think they ought to hype them right now because people’s attention needs to be brought to it, and that’s the only way you’re going to get their attention. When the dust settles, they won’t have a leg to stand on and we will have and we will have a study and a tool that will be useful for doctors to use but not to dictate medicine.
During the Kaiser Family Foundation event, Grassley also reiterated his opposition for a new public plan, and suggested that insurers should be allowed to sell policies across state lines.