U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley would not support a health care reform bill that contains individual mandates, regardless of what other compromises are included. But critics contend that Grassley seemed to support the idea throughout the summer, and his newfound opposition is evidence that he is simply trying to obstruct health care reform.

Steve Benen from Washington Monthly hits the nail on the head:

“Why is ‘bipartisan’ health care reform impossible?” Benen asks. “Because leading GOP lawmakers like Chuck Grassley oppose the measures they support.”

Link: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2009_10/020301.php


Iowa Independent piece on Grassley's fake support for mortgage relief from February 2009:


Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley said Wednesday that he will vote for President Barack Obama’s $900-billion economic stimulus bill if an amendment providing low-interest mortgages is added.

“We have an alternative of 4 percent mortgages for 30 years, fixed,” Grassley said, adding: “If this is adopted, I will vote for it, regardless of what else is in the bill.”


Grassley fundraiser with the mortgage industry– Sam Stein at Huffington Post writes:


Here's the roll call vote:  Grassley voted against (cramdown) mortgage relief amendment: