Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was at the airport today when confronted about his support for Trumpcare. Rather than engage those whom his decision will affect personally, the Iowa Senator immediately walked away.
When posed with the direct question, “Do you support anyone losing coverage, Senator? Are you okay with anyone losing coverage?” Grassley remains silent.
Worth over $3.76 million, Grassley is 37 percent richer than the average senator. As such, he stands to gain considerably under the passage of this bill, in that it would eliminate Obamacare’s 3.8 percent tax on investment income on people earning an annual income above $200,000.
Furthermore, Grassley will benefit from a proposed repeal of taxes imposed by the ACA ranging from 0.2 percent to two percent. While such a figure may seem negligible – and it may very well be, for someone worth nearly $4 million – it is enough to strip coverage away from millions of Americans. Yet Grassley doesn’t seem to mind if it means he might save a few thousand dollars at tax season.
Even former President Barack Obama, whose most notable accomplishment in office was the passage of the imperiled Affordable Care Act (ACA), said this about the new bill:
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”
While Grassley has been quick to advocate for the repeal of Obamacare, his silence when faced with this simple question actually speaks volumes.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.