Grassley is not usually seen as a right wing extremist, but the GOP has gone over the cliff and it is taking all its members with it.
Over and over the terminally obsolete, extremist right wingers attending town halls, echoing their leaders-- Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and now, Charles Grassley-- are all talking about opposing "socialist healthcare."
The sad thing is, the right wing approach is already killing grandma. There are plenty of grannies who can't afford their meds, so they skip them. They can't afford to get regular physicals so they discover cancer or other illness too late. They may be under medicare age and un or underinsured. They may be of medicare age but haven't been able to navigate the prescription drug donut, so they skip their meds.
It's clear that the right wing extremists have decided that it is time for death to grannie. With Senator Charles Grassley, jumping on the "Deather" train, it has made things a lot easier for the Obama administration.
Obama has a choice. He can sell out the Dems and progressives who elected him and his Democratic congress or he can suck up to the half-assed Blue Dogs who also won with the help of progressives and pretend to be bi-partisan. His history suggests he will do the latter.
What he needs and deserves, to move him to do the right thing, are hollering, angry, shouting progressives going to the townhalls demanding the most cost effective healthcare system: single payer. He and the Blue Dogs and Republicans need progressives shouting at townhalls, demanding that the GAO do a study, ASAP, on the cost of singlepayer healthcare, so that cost can be compared with the stupid corporate welfare plan Obama and the Blue Dogs are selling. It is inexcusable, with so much on the table, that this option is not seriously evaluated and included in the overall discussion of what is best for America.
Granny is getting screwed, killed, executed, thrown in front of the train all right-- but the right wingers, Blue Dogs, and also Obama are the ones doing it. And let's not forget about that deal Obama cut with big Pharma, to not negotiate prices. Talk about being anti-capitalist. Why aren't the Blue Dogs screaming about that?
Poor Grannie. She's scared shitless and doesn't know where to turn. For months, I've been saying that single payer advocates must educate seniors on medicare explaining to them why single-payer would be an improvement over medicare-- less drug costs, more services covered, and a more healthy long-lived health care system not on the way to running out of money.
Bottom-line, if the US does not move to single-payer, Obama will have sold out the American public in favor of corporate health insurer welfare and salvation. The answer to America's health care needs is indeed, to kill-- to kill the healthcare insurance industry, where sociopath CEOs take salaries of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Health care should not be for-profit, just as churches should not be for-profit. Capitalism will not die if it is taken out of health care. It's time that the US took back its integrity and rescued Granny from the corporatists and their dupes who have been killing grannies every day.