Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ed Schultz on Grassley's ' No Public Option'

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From TPM:

Grassley's Government Health Insurance Hundreds Of Dollars A Month Cheaper Than Average Health Insurance
By Brian Beutler - June 24, 2009, 1:27PM

Earlier today, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)--the powerful ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee--lashed out against a public health insurance option, and government involvement in health care generally.

Well, thanks to the government's involvement in health care, Grassley himself saves a pile of money insurance costs himself. In a letter to the Des Moines Register earlier this month, Grassley wrote, "I pay $356 a month for Blue Cross insurance coverage, a plan that is available to federal employees."

That, of course, is significantly cheaper than the average monthly cost of insurance for American families--and that's notwithstanding Grassley's age, which makes him a significantly riskier insuree than the average citizen. But Grassley opposes a public insurance option, which supporters say would lower the cost of insurance for all consumers.

He's a damn U.S. Senator and pays $356 for him AND his wife? My single sister pays more than that for her coverage.

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