Sen. Grassley On Health Care: "I Don't Think It's Going To Be Possible To Work It Out With The Administration"

August 25, 2009 2:45 pm ET — Chris Harris

During a conference call with Iowa reporters, Sen. Grassley said both "I don't think it's going to be possible to work it out with the administration," and "yes, I do believe it's possible to reach an agreement." Does he even know what he's talking about?

All Over The Ball Park

During a conference call with Iowa reporters, Sen. Chuck Grassley was asked:

Senator, I was wondering if you see any light at the end of the tunnel in terms of any type of compromise on health care reform?  Do you anticipate there will be some way that you can work that measure out with the administration?

Grassley's response is almost incomprehensible:

I don't think it's going to be possible to work it out with the administration because they're all over the field -- all over the ball park, I guess, as we say.

And, you know, one weekend, the secretary of HHS is saying you don't have to have a public option.  The next day, the administration gets hit from the left, so the Obama says public option is still very, very important to them.

And you know what public option is?  It leads to single-payer, completely government-run health care system and no choice.  And we want to preserve choice for our people -- and so, from that standpoint.

But, yes, I do believe it's possible to reach an agreement.  But I have to confess to you to be a little more cautious when I say that now, because I've been out here listening to my constituents.  And if -- and if other members of Congress are hearing what I'm hearing, they're saying, "Slow it down.  Do it a little more carefully.  Make sure you know what you're doing.  And maybe do it even a little more incrementally."

You read that right.

First, Grassley admits, "I don't think it's going to be possible to work it out with the administration."

Second, he criticizes the administration for being "all over the field - all over the ballpark."

Lastly, he completely reverses himself and states, "but, yes, I do believe it's possible to reach an agreement."

It seems it is Sen. Grassley who is "all over the field" on health care negotiations. 

If the Senator controlling bipartisan negotiations cannot even agree with what he said a mere 15 seconds earlier, how can he be trusted to earnestly work toward a constructive long-term solution for our broken health care system?

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