September 30th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Dem takes heat for 'die quickly' comment


(CNN) – Republicans are pouncing on a late-night House floor speech from Rep. Alan Grayson, during which the freshman Florida Democrat said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in the speech Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."

The after-hours speech, which included prominent banners behind the congressman to reinforce his point, drew immediate calls from some Republicans for an apology.

"That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it," Tennessee Republican Rep. Jimmy Duncan told the Politico.

Grayson has not issued an apology, and a spokesman for the congressman said no additional statement on the matter is forthcoming.


Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, announced Wednesday he will introduce a resolution condemnig Grayson for the comments, similiar to a successful Democratic effort earlier this month that formally criticized South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson for his "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's joint adress to Congress.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has already circulated several stories about the incident, eager to take aim at the freshman congressman from a swing district, who won by a 4 point margin in 2008.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is not responding to the comments.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Reformed Republican

    MEMO

    To: Congressman Grayson

    Apologize for the truth? NEVER!

    The rethugs never apologized for "death panels" and that was and still is a ginned up lie.

    Based on yesterday's senate committee vote it's obvious that the rethuglicon demagouges are OK with letting 45,000+ Americans die every year because they can't afford health insurance – Now that's what a real "death panel" is.

    Hang in there Mr. Grayson – We've got your back since it has some spine in it.

    Now, get a real public option passed before xmas, desperate Americans by the thousands are waiting...

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Charles Harold

    Compared to "Obama is a Nazi/Socialist" (as if the two could exist in one person), Glenn Beck's "Obama is a racists," etc, etc, etc, this statement pretty tame. Why does CNN insist on making it seem that both Dems and Rethuglicans are equally vile? This is not the case; the vast majority of GOPers in the public idea today are right-wing extremists. The Dems, Grayson and a few others excepted, are cowards who are hooked on corporate donations, but they do not say the vile things regularly said by GOPers.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Michigan

    The current push for health reform is dead. It's been shredded beyond effectiveness and there isn't enough support anymore to pass it.

    It'd be best for the President and Congress to drop it now and focus on other issues.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. floyd

    I only hope that he does not become chicken and apologise, as the Dems always seem to do even when the truth is spoken.

    It is unbeleivable that Jimmy Duncan had the balls to say this is the worst thing said on the floor, he must have had his head in the sand for all the years prior to this comment.

    The replubicans need to look no further than in the mirror to see who have done and said some of the worst things possible.

    I GUEES AS THE SAYING GOES THE THRUTH HURTS.

    Replubicans say the Dems proposal would kill grandma but they fail to understand that doing nothing which is what they are proposing will and have killed not only grandma but thousands of other Americans over the years. They have died "quickly" based on actions or in-action on the part of the insurance companies that is running the health system in America.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Tom St. Paul

    Wonder how Chuck "pull the plug" Grassley feels about this?

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Ramon

    What the different between what republicans talking point "pull the plug on grandma" and "Die quickly"

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Jayson

    I think the majority of you fail to realize that NEITHER party has your best interest in mind. They all are out for their own agenda and until you all realize that, you're either going to have the corporate focused Replublicans or the Entitlement focused Democrats stealing your money and wasting it in a giant mess that represents no one but the government itself.

    Lets engage our brains people and stop drinking the kool-aid.

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Jess

    This is the stupidest I have heard... who has seen a plan from the Republicans? What Plan? GOP claims that the Dems are going to have death panels in their plan.... this is the exact same thing just said in a different way only toward the GOP from the Dems... stupid.

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Susan in Sunnyvale, CA

    Well, Republicans, if the shoe fits-
    No need for an apology for speaking the truth.

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Raphael

    I am just curious. Can anyone tell me what the Republican health care plan is? All I know is that most Republicans believe that rich people should be able to pay for their insurance premiums, which will be exorbitant, while middle class and poor people will avoid going to the doctor and then have their homes foreclosed when they get to the emergency room.
    I am glad that this Democrat spoke up for people who are dying at home because they couldn't get the health insurance they needed. Why does it cost too much to provide health care to all working Americans when it doesn't cost too much for us to spend billions in Iraq and Afghanistan rebuilding their governments and creating permanent military bases there?

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. John

    Awesome- we are finally on track to get all these jokers thrown out and get a real congress in 2010. Hopefully a third party will emerge.

    September 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Someone with common sense, unlike 99.9% of conservatives

    Yet another example of the massive hypocrisy of the ReTHUGlican party. They spread lies and misinformation all summer about Health Care reform and then they whine about these comments?

    Get over it.

    September 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Julie

    The difference between what he said and what Sarah Palin said ,("..And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.) is that Sarah was lying.

    September 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. R

    THis guy is so right on. The repubs can say anything they want, they lie about everything they want, but when a Dem says something, something so completely true, they scream for an apology. The only ones who need to apologize to this Country and the crazy nut repubs who bring on hate, violence, and oppression to millions of American citizens.

    September 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Ruty

    He is 100% correct.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "I hope senior citizens in Fla. are smart enough to realize that Conservatives from BOTH parties are the ones that are protecting them and Medicare coverage from being abandoned to pay for those seeking additional government entitlements"

    Let's translate that so we can see just how little sense it makes: "I hope all the grandmas we've scared are dumb enough to fall for our disingenuous and fantastically hypocritical blather about protecting their government entitlements to Medicare/caid while we simultaneously spew ideological opposition to government entitlements in general."

    See? Simple.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Amazing

    Those who say nobody should ever apologize for telling the truth.........put your money where your mouth is....................The "you lie" comment should have gotten the same treatment, instead the democrats demand an apology, what a bunch of hypocrites, can dish it out but can't take it.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Tobby

    Grayson is a nut case. The ONLY reason he got elected (he is from politically centrist Orlando) is that he was running against Ric Keller a right-wing-red-meat-throwing-Bush-lackey.

    Expect him to be replaced by a more moderate in the next election.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Slider

    ""It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in the speech Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly." – Rep. Alan Grayson

    I doubt that Mr. Grayson has read H.R. 3218, or any of the other Republican bills that haven't seen the light of day in this "new" Congress that was promised during the election campaign.

    Grayson's rhetoric typifies why the Democrats are failing, and will fail in their overall schemes. Having the government own things, and restrict individuals from choosing and owning things is a recipe for disaster.

    Frank Zappa said it best: "Communism fails because people like to own stuff."

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Thank you Congressman Grayson for telling it like it is.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Anon

    Why should he apologize when he is only speaking the truth? These scum republicans think only the rich should have health care and that by denying to the poor they can eliminate them. Time to just pass legislation without those scumbags.

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. bporter

    I agree that the republicians may not have a plan. This is an total outrage, and he has yet to apologize about the situation. yes! congress should apologize for this. i believe that the republicans just don't give a hoot, so they throw somehing like this to say its a plan. what plan? there isn't one....

    shame shame shame......

    September 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Barbara

    Guess they can't take the heat-aren't they the ones making horrid references to President Obama?? Aren't they the ones with GREAT Health Insurance?? Get to work for the People and not the Insurance companies!

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. William in Lake Count, Florida

    That's my rep! I voted for him!

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Joshua College Station Texas

    Republicans don't want to take responsibility for the long-term consequences of their position to deny coverage to the uninsured. Grayson is absolutely right.

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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