Iowa Farmer Warns GOP Senator That Obamacare Repeal Will Create ‘One Great Big Death Panel’


A pig farmer confronted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a town hall meeting early Tuesday morning to warn that Republicans would essentially create a giant death panel if they repealed the Affordable Care Act.

Chris Peterson, 62,told the senator that he has diabetes and that he would not be able to afford health insurance if not for the Affordable Care Act.

Youre the man that talks about the death panel, Peterson said at the packed town hall in Iowa Falls. Were gonna create one great big death panel in this country [if]people cant afford to get insurance. Dont repeal Obamacare, improve it.

In 2009, Grassley helped fuelthe false ideathat Obamacare would create death panels to determine patients end-of-life care.

On Tuesday, Grassley insisted that the millions of people who gained insurance under the Affordable Care Act wont lose their coverage if the law is repealed.

Twenty million people wont lose because weve made clear that those that are [on] the exchange, the subject will continue, he said,referring to the Obamacare online markets.

Grassleys Tuesday town hall was the latest in a series of events this month at which constituents across the country have angrily confronted their representatives over the GOPs vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act soon. Republicans have yet to offer an alternative health care plan.

Grassley was also pressed on his decision last year not to hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obamas pick for the Supreme Court, as well as his more recent votes to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary and to repeal rules blocking the mentally ill from buying guns, according to the Des Moines Register.

Zalmay Niazy stood up to say that he had worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and had been seeking political asylum in the United States for two years. Grassley said he would help Niazy, the Des Moines Register reported.

Peterson the pig farmerbrought Grassley a bottle of Tums that he said the senator would need for the next few years, according to The New York Times. Grassley later told reporters that the only time he needs the heartburn medication is when he has eaten chocolate ice cream before going to bed.

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