A farmer in Iowa faced off with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa) at a town hall event in the state on Tuesday, voicing his concerns about losing his healthcare coverage if ObamaCare is repealed.
“I’m on ObamaCare,” the man, identified as Chris Peterson, 62, told Grassley. “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.”
The comment referred to a debunked claim Grassley supported in 2009 that with ObamaCare, Democrats would allow the federal government to “pull the plug on grandma” by establishing “death panels” that would help determine end-of-life care for individuals.
On Tuesday, Grassley insisted to his constituents that they would continue to be covered.
“I believe at this point, with any one of those three, [those] 20 million people won’t lose because we made clear that for those on the exchange, the [coverage] will continue,” Grassley said.
"Don't repeal ObamaCare. Improve it, for god's sakes," Peterson said.