Grassley Feeds Fire of Death Panel Claims

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2009 7:34 PM CDT
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in May.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, FILE)
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(Newser) – Put Sen. Chuck Grassley in the fear-the-death-panels camp. Asked today at a town hall meeting to debunk that line of attack, Grassley did precisely the opposite, reports the Iowa Independent. "You have every right to fear," said Grassley—who, by the way, is one of three Republicans negotiating a health bill on the Senate finance panel, notes the Huffington Post. "We should not have a government program that determines if you're going to pull the plug on grandma."

Grassley criticized end-of-life counseling in House legislation and said any such planning should take place "20 years before you're going to die." He said “there are some people who think it is a terrible problem that grandma is laying in a bed with tubes in her ... and that the government should intervene. I think that’s a family or religious thing that needs to be dealt with.” The Republican author of the legislation has said it's "nuts" to think it promotes euthanasia.