This fund raising letter from Senator Grassley (reported by the Washington Post) pounds Obamacare:
I had to rush you this Air-Gram today to set the record straight on my firm and unwavering opposition to government-run health care.
And ask your immediate support in helping me defeat “Obama-care.”
I’m sure you’ve been following this issue closely. If the legislation sponsored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and Chairman Ted Kennedy in the Senate is passed it would be a pathway to a government takeover of the health care system. lt would turn over control of your health care decisions to a federal bureaucrat … and take it away from you and your personal physician.
It would mean government rationing in the name of cost controls.
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports:
Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate’s “Gang of Six,” told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.
“It’s not where I get them to compromise, it’s what I get them to leave out,” Enzi said Monday, according to the Billings Gazette. Enzi found himself under attack at the town hall simply for sitting in the same room as the three Finance Committee Democrats. Republicans in the crowd called for him to exit the talks. He assured conservatives that his presence was delaying health care reform.
“If I hadn’t been involved in this process as long as I have and to the depth as I have, you would already have national health care,” he said.
“Someone has to be at the table asking questions,” Enzi said. “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
Does that mean the Gang of Six is down to the Gang of One Republican, Senator Olympia Snowe? Senator Snowe recently said she wants to scale back health reform, and that one thing August has made clear is that people like their health insurance, but the New York Times is reporting that
“…Democratic leaders believe Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, the strongest Republican supporter of comprehensive legislation, might provide that 60th vote. If Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the strongest Democratic skeptic, defects on a filibuster, Democrats see one more potential ally in Maine’s other moderate Republican senator, Susan Collins.”
Hope, as always, springs eternal for government take-over of health care reform for the New York Times.