Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is confused about how his party's health care bill works

Here is a very troubling exchange that Jeff Stein had with Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, about the ACHA. The interview is part of a piece that Vox ran today about the health care bill being written up behind closed doors in the Senate. 

Jeff Stein, Vox
I want to ask a very broad question: What do you think this health care bill will accomplish that will improve America? What's the positive case for this bill?

Chuck Grassley
Well, I can tell you what it's going to do for Iowa. We are one of those states that in a couple of weeks if [the insurer] Medica pulls out, we'll have 94 of our 95 counties won't have any insurance ,even for people who have the subsidies. That's what we have to concentrate on now.

Jeff Stein
How do you think the bill will fix that problem?

Chuck Grassley
Well, by bringing certainty to the insurance market. They don't have that certainty now.

Jeff Stein
By bringing certainty to the insurance market. What certainty?

Chuck Grassley
What?

Jeff Stein
What do you mean by certainty?

Chuck Grassley
Well, they can't even file. They have to check the rates real high if they don't know what the government policy is. And so the certainty is that passing a bill gives the health insurance companies certainty.

Jeff Stein
Wouldn't not passing a bill also do that?

Chuck Grassley
No, it ... well, yeah — it gives them certainty that you'll have a lot higher rates than if you pass the bill.

Jeff Stein
So you're saying [the bill] will lower the rates?

Chuck Grassley
Um, if you're talking about lowering the rates from now down, no. The rates could be way up here. [Points to sky] And if they — if we get a bill passed, it maybe wouldn't go up or would go up a heck of a lot less than they would without a bill.

Jeff Stein
By "rates," are you talking about premiums?

Chuck Grassley
Yeah, premiums. … I'm sorry I have to go.

It seems that Grassley does not even know how this health care bill will affect Iowans in even the broadest of terms. If you think it's time that Americans get a chance to see the Senate's version of the ACHA before Republicans try to rush the bill to a vote, I would recommend calling your representatives. Here's a list of every Senator and a phone number for their office. It will take five minutes out of your day to place a call, and hopefully, doing so will put a little bit of pressure on Senators to at least make the bill public.