09/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Howard Dean: Grassley's Health Care Distortions "Despicable ... Awful" (VIDEO)

Howard Dean criticized the Republican Party Sunday morning for picking up false rumors about health care reform started by the far right.

Asked about Sen. Chuck Grassley's comment that end-of-life care could "pull the plug on grandma," Dean pointed out that the Iowa Republican had voted for a similar provision for Medicare only a few years ago.

"All the House did was essentially repeat the same thing that Senator Grassley voted for in 2003 in their bill," Dean said. "Now, how you can morph that into 'pulling the plug on grandma,' I don't know. I think it's despicable. I think it's awful, the lies that have come out on this bill that are just designed to frighten the daylights out of people. But i think the American people are much smarter than politicians in Washington give them credit for, and they're going to figure this out, and they know they really do want health care reform."


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