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Daily News interviews Grassley for weekly radio address

November 12, 2010
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

The Estherville Daily News and KIIK FM of Fairfield interviewed Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley for the senator's weekly radio address Thursday.

Regarding new physician payment sunshine provisions, Grassley said he has been pushing for more accountability so consumers know whether their doctors have a conflict of interest by getting money from drug and medical device makers.

"We want all that information to be available on the Internet," Grassley said.

Grassley and Sen. Herb Kohl are asking the federal government to move forward in implementing the new physician payment sunshine provisions.

Grassley said he wants to ensure quality personnel are working for Veterans Administration hospitals. He also noted that he and Sen. Tom Harkin had sponsored the Joshua Omvig Bill, named after a veteran who committed suicide in front of his family.

Grassley said he is also open to advice for what else can be done for veterans.

Grassley also noted a certain irony in the health-care reform bill since the American Association of Retired Persons, which backed the legislation, told it own employees before the bills kicks in they will see a big increase in their insurance cost.

Regarding support by the Tea Party for Republican candidates and what sort of performance may be expected in return, Grassley said Republicans need to learn a lesson from when they were a majority for 12 years and were voted out. Now that the House has a majority, said Grassley, they need to "just do what we say we're going to do."

Grassley also said he expected a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Environmental Protection Agency's endorsement of E-15.

"It's just a big public relations scheme to make farmers and ethanol look bad," Grassley said.



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