09/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. Grassley: GOP Support For My Plan More Important Than What's In The Plan

In an interview today On MSNBC Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley -- of recent Death Panel fame -- laid out what was most important in the upcoming health care reform bill: Republican Support.

"I am negotiating for Republicans," he said. "If I can't negotiate something that gets more than four Republicans, I'm not a good negotiator." When Chuck Todd pressed him on whether he'd vote for health care reform if he got a "good deal", Grassley emphasized again: "It isn't a good deal if I can't sell my product to more Republicans."

During the interview, he also dug into the public option, calling the government a "predator": "When you have the government running something, the government is not a fair competitor," he said. "The government is a predator, not a competitor."