Top Stories

Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

crystal_sugar_80
By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

hermancain_80x80
By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

Press Release

PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Grassley was for ‘death panels’ before he was against them

By Jason Hancock | 08.14.09 | 4:35 pm

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has been taking a lot of heat for continuing to spread the debunked rumor that end-of-life planning provisions included in proposed health care legislation could lead to government-mandated euthanasia of the elderly, going as far as to strip them from a version of the bill currently before his committee.

But Amy Sullivan at Time Magazine has found that long before Grassley was a crusader against this type of counseling, he actually voted to support it.

Remember the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, the one that passed with the votes of 204 GOP House members and 42 GOP Senators? Anyone want to guess what it provided funding for? Did you say counseling for end-of-life issues and care? Ding ding ding!!Let’s go to the bill text, shall we? “The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary’s need for pain and symptom management, including the individual’s need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.” The only difference between the 2003 provision and the infamous Section 1233 that threatens the very future and moral sanctity of the Republic is that the first applied only to terminally ill patients. Section 1233 would expand funding so that people could voluntarily receive counseling before they become terminally ill.

So either Republicans were for death panels in 2003 before turning against them now–or they’re lying about end-of-life counseling in order to frighten the bejeezus out of their fellow citizens and defeat health reform by any means necessary. Which is it, Mr. Grassley?

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who has already issued several harsh statements regarding Grassley’s comments, pounced on the news, saying Iowa’s senior senator is engaging in doublespeak.

“Sen. Grassley continues to repeat the ridiculous claim that paying doctors to discuss end-of-life care with their patients is somehow ‘pulling the plug on grandma,’ yet in 2003 he voted for a bill with a nearly identical provision allowing Medicare to reimburse doctors for end-of-life care consultations,” Braley said.

On Thursday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, the host pointed out another area of confusion about Grassley’s stance. He told a Panora crowd on Wednesday that end-of-life planning “ought to be done within the family and considered a religious and ethical issue and not something that politicians deal with.”

But in 2005, Grassley supported government intervention into the end-of-life choices of Terri Shiavo, a brain damaged Florida woman who had remained in a vegetative state for 15 years. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously for legislation that required a federal judge to review whether her husband could remove her feeding tube, something he said she had requested.

After passage of the legislation, Grassley released a statement saying he “supports the effort to protect Terri Schiavo. It’s the first case of its kind, a chance to choose life over death. I gave the option to life.”

UPDATE: Sen. Grassley’s office has issued to following statement in response to Braley’s recent press releases:

“I’m shocked that Congressman Braley would attack a fellow Iowan before getting all of the facts. His statements over the past two days have been riddled with misinformation about what was said in my town meetings, and now he’s taking my vote in 2003 completely out of context. If Congressman Braley had actually listened to what I’ve said on this subject, he’d know that my support for the provisions in the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) are in line with my long-held view that advanced care planning is a good thing for families to do.

The MMA offers terminally ill patients a pain and care management evaluation and counseling about hospice care and other options. And it offers optional advice from a specialized hospice physician on advanced care planning. One could be assured that the provision of advice on advanced care planning in this context can be done in a correct manner and by an appropriate provider. I can’t say the same thing about what would happen under the provisions in the Pelosi bill.

Under the Pelosi bill, all physicians risk losing quality bonus payments unless they report on whether they provide advanced care planning and adherence to that plan. Congressman Braley also misses the larger point when he fails to realize that the concerns about the advanced planning provisions in the Pelosi bill are made because they are proposed in the context of a bill that is ostensibly working to save money by spending less on health care in health care reform, and in a bill that creates a government-run plan that will surely lead to rationing of health care just like has happened in other countries that have government-run systems. It’s plain to see why Iowans and others are legitimately concerned about the unintended consequences of the House bill.”

Follow Jason Hancock on Twitter


Comments

  • RegularJoe

    Time to come home, Chuck, time to come home.

    http://www..KrauseForIowa.com

  • wwjd247365

    All this is, is counseling for living wills, organ donation … etc. Just like Social Workers do when there is no family around.

    This is just “Politics as Usual” which continues to Divide and Polarize us with the help of certain people in the media.

    Some day we could have the governments that God ordained in Romans 13, if people will learn to work together, or Christ will have to come back, repossess the Earth that is on loan to us, set up His Millennial Kingdom and show us how it could have been done!

  • weaselhater

    Senator Grassley clearly didn't remember that the prior bill contained that provision, or he probably would have been saying, if you want this, then do it the way it was done in the MMA. Now, his staff has been busily making up meaningless distinctions. He's doing just what many experts predicted the Republicans would do–pretend to be for reform to get concessions, then pull out before the final vote so they can claim they had nothing to do with it–what a weasel. I live in Iowa, and I'll be campaigning for ANYBODY else who wants to challenge the old two-face!

  • aggressor

    please read the bills and who is behind them before spouting off. I have read them both and this is not even the same. There is a wide gap between asking for it and the bill making it manditory!
    You will not get to keep it if you like it!
    Not if the new Health Benefits Advisory Board decides your insurance does not cover what they think it should or covers more than they think! This board will decide what is a QAULIFIED PLAN AFTER THE BILL IS A LAW!
    Come on Iowans your smarter than to sign a home loan without the terms being filled in and just letting the bank fill in intrest, payments, how long you pay.
    Why Why would you want a bill that lets what will qaulify in the hands of a new board (made up of President appointees) to decide after it becomes a LAW!
    Beware of those who want you to buy a car today, and the Government who says we will fill it in later!
    Common Sense tells me we all are smarter than that!
    Ashamed Democrat

  • huang

    cardy ugg boots On sale,Find newest Ugg Collection there.

    cardy uggs Special sale,Order now,Save 38% immediately

    cardy uggs boots This season hit the store,Only $99

    Would you like a pair of classic short ugg home,make this winter warm,let you feet keep comfort every day.

    Newest classic short uggs is in stock now,Save more off,Win lucky coupon code.

    women's bailey button UGG this season hottest Short style UGG Boots,you should never miss it.

    Bailey Button UGGs keep your feet amazing comfort,Special sale time is limited this week,Order now

    UGGs Bailey Button Boots can't find?You can go our shop,Will save more 25%.

    UGG Bailey Button Sale Come in stock,win more discount now.

    Chestnut Bailey Button Boot this season hottest Ugg boots,every one is talk about that,Take them home now.

    bailey button leopard Ugg boots let the fashion on your feet now,A pair of this will give you all.

    <H3>Leopard Uggs New version of Ugg Bailey Button hit the store</H3>
    <H3>UGG Australia Highkoo 2009-2010 this winter a new rasie trendy along with bailey button button.</H3>
    <H3>UGG Women's Highkoo Will the best gift for christmas,for your girlfriend,your family member</H3>
    <H3 jQuery1250860456437=”26″>UGG Grey Women's Highkoo keep rising,don's miss this opportunity to get them home with cheapest price you never imagin.</H3>
    <H3> </H3>
    <H3> </H3>

     

     

     

  • DOUGLASFIELD

    * THE FINE ART OF DENYING 45 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH~CARE IN OUR JUDEO~CHRISTIAN NATION *

    AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALL ACROSS THE USA HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON THEIR RELIGIOUS FLOCK TO CONTRIBUTE(TITHE)THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES TO THEIR MINISTRIES EVERY WEEK.

    THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE U.S. ARE MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS WHO NOW DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP AND SUPPORT FROM THESE SAME U.S.RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LOBBYING THE U.S.CONGRESS TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS.

    ***THERE ARE CURRENTLY AN ESTIMASTED 45 MILLION MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH~CARE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD????

    SILENT AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO ALL HAVE HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IS MUCH MORE FRIGHTENING THEN THE POSSIBLE DENIAL OF A FUTURE HEALTH~CARE PLAN FOR ALL…

    LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS (424-247-2013)
    lawyersforpooreramericans@yahoo.com

  • DOUGLASFIELD

    * THE FINE ART OF DENYING 45 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH~CARE IN OUR JUDEO~CHRISTIAN NATION *

    AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALL ACROSS THE USA HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON THEIR RELIGIOUS FLOCK TO CONTRIBUTE(TITHE)THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES TO THEIR MINISTRIES EVERY WEEK.

    THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE U.S. ARE MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS WHO NOW DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP AND SUPPORT FROM THESE SAME U.S.RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LOBBYING THE U.S.CONGRESS TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS.

    ***THERE ARE CURRENTLY AN ESTIMASTED 45 MILLION MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH~CARE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD????

    SILENT AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO ALL HAVE HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IS MUCH MORE FRIGHTENING THEN THE POSSIBLE DENIAL OF A FUTURE HEALTH~CARE PLAN FOR ALL…

    LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS (424-247-2013)
    lawyersforpooreramericans@yahoo.com

  • DOUGLASFIELD

    * THE FINE ART OF DENYING 45 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH~CARE IN OUR JUDEO~CHRISTIAN NATION *

    AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALL ACROSS THE USA HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON THEIR RELIGIOUS FLOCK TO CONTRIBUTE(TITHE)THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES TO THEIR MINISTRIES EVERY WEEK.

    THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE U.S. ARE MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS WHO NOW DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP AND SUPPORT FROM THESE SAME U.S.RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LOBBYING THE U.S.CONGRESS TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS.

    ***THERE ARE CURRENTLY AN ESTIMASTED 45 MILLION MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH~CARE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD????

    SILENT AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO ALL HAVE HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IS MUCH MORE FRIGHTENING THEN THE POSSIBLE DENIAL OF A FUTURE HEALTH~CARE PLAN FOR ALL…

    LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS (424-247-2013)
    lawyersforpooreramericans@yahoo.com

Switch to our mobile site