Iowa’s Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is the latest prominent figure of the GOP to face a furious constituency when returning home for an early spring town hall.
Grassley, who has served in the Senate since 1981, had one interaction in particular at his town hall that has thus far stood out. It bucks what is conventionally thought of as the norm and shows you just how deeply set opposition to Donald Trump’s agenda in the United States actually is. After all, the controversial businessman turned incompetent president did not even win the popular vote.
Senator Grassley was confronted, in short, by an angry farmer who was brutal in his assessment of the implications of the plan of Grassley and his fellow Republicans have to repeal ObamaCare. What makes the whole thing worse is that although Republicans are still proceeding full speed ahead with their ObamaCare repeal plans, they still have yet to present a replacement plan that actually fills the ACA’s place and doesn’t leave millions of people without healthcare.
Thus, as the Iowa farmer pointed out to Grassley, the Republicans’ plans are basically to condemn untold numbers of people to eventual death due to lack of healthcare.
The farmer, identified by the Huffington Post as 62-year-old Chris Peterson, told Grassley:
‘I’m on ObamaCare. If it wasn’t for ObamaCare, we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance. Over 20 million will lose coverage and with all due respect, sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels. We’re going to create one great big death panel in this country that people can’t afford to get insurance.’
Sen. Grassley was, indeed, one of the Senators who helped spread the false rumor that the ACA would spark the formation of “death panels” to decide whether people were “worthy” of certain life saving medical treatments.
Peterson is also correct in stating that Grassley’s plan to repeal the ACA, in stripping away health coverage for some 20 million people, would basically create “one great big death panel” in the United States.
Watch Peterson address Grassley below.
Angry constituents confront Chuck Grassley in Iowa: “If it wasn’t for Obamacare, we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance!” pic.twitter.com/vrbhbOiBMM
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017
President Trump himself addressed the ongoing angry confrontations that citizens have been having with their Republican Congresspeople in recent weeks, tweeting on Tuesday evening:
‘The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!’
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
Of course, that tweet begs the question of whether or not Trump thinks that “liberal activists” actually deserve to have their voices heard.
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