"Grassley ‘resents’ White House calling him out for things he said."
In an impromptu news conference with reporters today, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) lashed out at President Obama and the White House, saying that he “resents” the administration “associating” him with “extreme” claims about “the end-of-life situation.” Obama “gave some speeches during August in which he was associating me with efforts to make this a political document and efforts that other people in the country were making to give extremes, like on the end-of-life situation and associating me with things — I [never] used the words he said,” Grassley told the reporters. But as FirstRead points out, Grassley did “lend credence” to the outrageous “death panel” attacks:
And on death panels last month, Grassley did lend credence to the idea that the government would “determine if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.”
“There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life,” Grassley said at an Iowa town hall after fielding a question about it from a town hall attendee. “And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you’re going to die. You ought to plan these things out. And I don’t have any problem with things like living wills. But they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.”
This isn’t the first time Grassley has attacked Obama for calling him out on his endorsement of some the worst lies about health care reform. In August, he told CBS News that “the specific language I used was language that the president had used at Portsmouth, and I thought that it was — if he used the language , then if I responded exactly the same way, that I had an opposite concern about not using end-of-life counseling for saving money, then I was answering.”