Speaking on the House floor Sunday night with the health care reform bill about to pass, finally, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminded everyone that Republicans did get some input.
"[W]hile it may not get Republican votes and be bipartisan in that respect, it is bipartisan in having over 200 Republican amendments," Pelosi said.
Turns out, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) might agree with her: TalkingPointsMemo points out that Grassley's office put out a press release today touting a provision he coauthored to codify new standards for tax-exempt charitable hospitals.
"The provisions enacted in the new health care law are the result of Grassley's leadership on tax-exempt organizations' accountability and transparency, including hospitals," the release states.
Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, negotiated for months with Chairman Max Baucus. Those negotiations ended in late summer without an agreement to bring any Republican support onto the committee's bill.
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