Chuck Grassley’s warning that Obamacare will “pull the plug on Grandma” has become a rallying cry for the GOP’s anti–health reform efforts. But looking at past policies, it’s the GOP that's out to get grandma, Jacob Weisberg writes in Newsweek. A wide range of Republican policies, from opposing stem cell research and clean air legislation to privatizing Social Security, are more likely to make Grandma kick the bucket early.
Grassley himself proposed an expiration date—Jan. 1, 2011—for the estate-tax cut that gives the elderly and wealthy an incentive to die before that date. So why is the GOP secretly anti-Grandma? Because, Weisberg writes, they prefer lower taxes to benefit programs. Too bad for Republicans—"after all, senior citizens are more likely to vote for the GOP than for Democrats."