Health Care

Grassley Retracts Loaded Charge

It appears that grandma is safe: Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley retracted his statement over the weekend that, under President Obama’s health-care reform, the government could “pull the plug on grandma.” Greg Sargent pulls out the relevant passage from The Washington Post: “a spokesman said the senator does not think the House provision would in fact give the government such authority in deciding when and how people die.” Sargent notes, “The big news orgs blared Grassley’s initial assertion at the electorate for days, but almost no one will ever learn that Grassley didn’t really mean it.”