From a health care briefing with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Washington
This is how Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking minority member of the Senate finance committee, started out this morning’s media briefing on health reform:
“We are not so far down the road that some things that are said couldn’t upset the whole apple cart. So I want to be very cautious.”
…right before dropping this encouraging gem:
“People are led to believe that [health care reform] is something that is going to help us on the short-term problems [with the economy]. It’s not.”
But he didn’t stop there.
“If health reform isn’t done this year, it won’t be done for the next 4 years. … Why? One word: Elections.”
And finally, his patience with a room full of reporters running thin, he ended by echoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and said that a comprehensive health reform bill should be hitting the floor in June.
For a cautious conference, some pretty juicy soundbites, no?