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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sen. Grassley Says Obama Sounding "Very Partisan"; Slams CNN for "Wanting to Help the President so Much" - Video 9/8/09


Here is video of Sen. Charles Grassley responding to President Obama's challenge to Republicans to come up with alternatives to Health Care Reform. Grassley said those comments sound "very partisan," coming from someone who has claimed to be a "post-partisan" President.

Grassley also slammed CNN and other mainstream media for not covering the four Republican plans that have been been put forward, saying, I guess you haven't covered them because "we are in the minority and you want to help the President so much." Grassley hammers CNN at the 4:20 mark of the video.

CNN's John Roberts responded that "I can assure you we don't want to help any politician."

3 comments:

Anonymous,  September 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

Roberts: "...We will redouble our efforts to....eliminate....Republican plans"

Grassley: (thinking he heard "illuminate") "Thank you."

Comment: Term Limits!!!

Diogenes September 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

Grassley repeatedly gets confused about the simnplest of things.

"There are death panels"

"I don't believe there are death panels."

"Sarah Palin was right in talking about death panels."

"I have never used the term death panels."

Which is it, Senator? Do you need your Depends changed??

VinceP1974 September 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

Q to Obama: "Are you going to take into account my mother's will to live?"

Answer from Obama: I don't think that we can make judgments based on people's spirit. Uh, that would be, uh, a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that, uh, say that we are gonna provide good quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we're going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they're not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they're being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know -- and your mom know -- that you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off, uh, not having the surgery but taking, uhhh, the painkiller.
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April 29 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said his grandmother’s hip-replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder whether expensive procedures for the terminally ill reflect a “sustainable model” for health care.
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“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”

Obama said “you just get into some very difficult moral issues” when considering whether “to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill.


“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health- care bill out here.”
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“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system,” Obama said in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers. “And greater stability and security to America’s families and businesses.”

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Obama told Diane Sawyer in June that government should “study and figure out what works and what doesn’t. And let’s encourage doctors and patients to get what works. Let’s discourage what doesn’t.”

Sawyer then asked him: “Will it just be encouragement? Or will there be a board making Solomonic decisions?”

Obama replied, “What I’ve suggested is—is that we have a—a commission that helps—made up of doctors, made up of experts, that helps set best—best practices.”

When Sawyer pressed him to say whether those practices would be enforced by law, he evaded the question.

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"I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though. ..." -- Barack Obama

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