Sen. Grassley: "I Take Pride With Being An Obstructionist"

July 06, 2009 9:37 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

The Iowa Senator comes clean about his role in the health care debate.

Republicans frequently scoff at being labeled "the party of no." But Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has finally come clean, telling Politico that he's proud of "being an obstructionist":

"I take pride with being an obstructionist," he said, if that means scuttling a public option that could lead to a single-payer system.

Sen. Grassley, who's been negotiating with Senate Democrats on health care reform, has called the public option a "deal breaker."  However, he inadvertently made the case for one at a town hall meeting in Iowa last week.  When asked by a constituent how to get health coverage as good as Senators get, Grassley responded, "Go work for the federal government."

As Health Care for America Now's Jacki Schechner noted, "His answer to the health care crisis is get a better job.  Sen. Grassley has no intention of true compromise."