Grassley: The One Who Got Away

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If there had ever been any hope for real GOP support for President Obama’s health care plan, it came in the form of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who has been negotiating behind the scenes for months with his good friend Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. But was getting Grassley on board ever a realistic proposition? And what does his increasing alienation from the whole process say about the prospects for health reform? Here’s my story for the upcoming issue of dead-tree TIME.