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Senator Chuck Grassley still bellyaching over Obamacare, says the program is “pain, period”


This news story was published on October 24, 2016.
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Charles Grassley

Charles Grassley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Charles Grassley, representing Iowa in Congress since 1975, again lashed out at the Affordable Care Act, calling it “pain, period.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley boasts that he continues to work to reverse the “negative effects of Obamacare” with the goal of replacing the entire “flawed” law. He is working toward passage of his bipartisan legislation, the Small Business Health Care Relief Act, that would allow small businesses to resume helping their employees buy individual health insurance, something disrupted by Obamacare.

President Obama speaks on October 20 in Miami on the Affordable Care Act

President Obama speaks on October 20 in Miami on the Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama made a speech on the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) on October 20, 2016. Leading up to the speech he said “brothers and sisters, moms and dads, and sons and daughters across America whose lives have been improved, and even saved, because we worked together to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act.”

Grassley made the following comment in response to the President speech on the health care law:

“President Obama cited ‘growing pains’ with Obamacare but I hear about pain, period, from Iowans about this law. Obamacare disrupted a lot of what was working in our health care system and didn’t fix many of the problems it was supposed to fix, most notably, health care costs. Iowans who might want to join the health care law’s exchanges have had fewer options every year. For 2017, Iowans in 13 rural counties who want to take part will have just one health insurance plan participating in their area. Statewide, premium increases for participants will be 19 percent to 43 percent. Many individuals could be priced out of the market.

“None of this is what people were promised when Obamacare was rushed through on a partisan basis. People deserve better results. Good places to start would be cracking down on frivolous lawsuits, letting people purchase insurance across state lines, improving transparency in health care prices, giving states more freedom to improve Medicaid and using consumer choice to drive competition, which drives down costs. Congress and the next president should work on these priorities.”

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11 Responses to Senator Chuck Grassley still bellyaching over Obamacare, says the program is “pain, period”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 25, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Subsidies? Wish I could get a gubment handout to help pay the cost of my monthly premiums. Sounds like you moochers are biting the hand that feeds you.

  2. rahmbo Reply Report comment

    October 25, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Hmmm . . . . the pinched face, the close set eyes. Was Grassley ever diagnosed with fetal alcohol symdrome?

    • anonymight Reply Report comment

      October 25, 2016 at 11:58 am

      No, buy you must suffer that based on such a stupid comment.

  3. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Country is really f’d up.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Chuck. Your son The Donald wants term limits for old buzzards like you. 40 years is enough old man, who cares what you think. You should have agreed to hearings on Obamas nominee and done your job.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Look here. You are wrong again. Chuck will win in a landslide because the majority of the people like him. Vote TRUMP.

  5. Lloyd Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Because of odummy care my health insurance premium cost me thousands more now so I can’t afford to buy a subscription to nit.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    My insurance premium doubled for 2016, next year it increases 45%. So I don’t believe he is bellyaching more than any other working class citizen is.

  7. Sad but true Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    its just government welfare, something else that someone gets, that I ( the working man) has to pay for. The fool is the man who goes to work everyday to get the things that government gives those who wont work. Cell phones, housing, healthcare, food, etc. Its nothing but private sector provided socialism

  8. anonymight Reply Report comment

    October 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    He NIT, why use the negative word bellyaching?! Obamacare has all the problems and more that Grassley claims. The law was ill conceived and the American people were lied to about what it would do and how it would work. The bellyaching is coming from NIT, not Grassley.

    • John Reply Report comment

      October 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Matt, you must not be participating in the “Exchange,” like many of your readers are. My plan just went up from $250 a month after subsidies, to $388 per month. The deductible went from $5,600 to $6,300.Bottom line is I pay $4656.00 for the insurance and $6,300.00 out of pocket expense before the insurance company pays a dime. That is $11,000.00 a year before anything the insurance company starts to pay and I am single. You don’t think that is about being upset about? Grasley is right and you are wrong for insulting him with your headline.