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. Mike

    Is it more mean spirited than saying the president is trying to kill seniors and babies with disabilities? Huh GOP? Huh Palin? Is it more mean spirited than saying our President hates America? Has a deep seeded hatred of white people? huh?

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Dex Houston TX

    Yo Jim Duncan if that is the most "mean spirited" thing you've heard obviously your party that is now known as the Confederate Republican Party, must have left you out of the loop of all of their memorandum....

    Confederate Repugs can dish it out but they can't take it....WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS!

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Curt

    Now the Republicans are worried about how mean spirited Democrats are? I agree that there should be civil discourse for health care reform, so why don't the Republicans start first?

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Carolyn In Rockford

    Republicans..........worst hypocrites....lairs......losers........want it
    their way or no way..........can't take the heat.........so resort to lies....
    They are going no where fast and will continue to spiral out of existance
    I say good bye "you elitists" !!!!!! Democrats it's time to call like it is!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Kevin Denver Colorado

    I'm increasingly convinced that republicans (not conservatives) simply don't know any intellectuals (you know, brain surgeons, rocket scientists etc.) Therefore they have no frame of reference when it comes to judging intellect. A fool is easy to fool. An educated informed individual.... not so much.

    September 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Jared

    No – the GOP Health Plan isn't to die quickly...but to die quickly after the HMOs have bankrupted you and left your family with nothing. How else could the HMO lobby grease their fat cat political buddies?

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Your health care system is the joke of the civilized world. No other FIRST WORLD country on this planet thinks that it is morally or ethically acceptable to force people into financial ruin because they are sick!!!! Even Obama's health plan is so RIGHT-WING, that it wouldn't be accepted anywhere else but the US of A. If the US is as Christian a nation as it likes to broadcast to the rest of the world, start acting like it.

    September 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Chas

    So what's the problem here? Ask Sara Palin about her death squad comments. Absolutely, the Republicans have NO plan, NO plans for a plan, and NO plans for anything to help the American people. NO,NO, NO – The Party of NO.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. SJ in SJ

    Sounds like he was being blunt, not mean-spirited. And he was not out of order, like the "you lie" guy. He had the floor, and he said what he meant.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. turnip

    Some more of that refreshing Democrap Bipartisanship "Change we can believe in"!

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. MS

    Typical liberal who won't have an honest debate. Of course, a liberal ALWAYS loses in an honest debate.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. tom

    Why is this any more objectionable than "death panels"? At least Grayson's comments have some basis in fact.

    Why do conservatives always whine and cry when a liberal points out the truth but think it's ok to distort liberal positions? They must be drinking Beck's gawdawful Kook Aid.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. CJ/PA

    We all need to stop this "trash talk" – both sides. I am a Dem but will not stand up for this guy's lack of good judgement. Although I do find it amusing that the Repub called this the "most mean-spirited, partison, etc." - he needs to look in his soul and in the halls of the Republican Party for the last several years to find the worst of the worst!! However, it still doesn't excuse these comments from a Democrat - after being on the receiving end for so long, we need to continue the "high road" - even if it hurts.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. IssacDavis2009

    This is typical of Grayson and his over the top antics. The comments are absurd and should be treated as the rantings of a lunatic that those in FL know he is. But hey, whatever you do...don't say "you lie" because that is really offensive! And although there are not sanctioned "death panels", the point was that, in fact, the gov't will be put in charge to some degree in decisions that will decide whether someone is treated or not to prevent their death. To whom do you appeal that when the gov't is the final arbiter? You don't. You die.

    September 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    "Death panel", "socialist", "you lie!" and the list goes on. What's wrong with this picture?

    The republicans have started a new chapter of the old "4H" club. Only this time it's "Holiness, Hatred, Homophobia and, the biggie, Hypocrisy".

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Carol

    Well isn't that what they're saying? If you don't have insurance, too bad. We've got ours. So what's the alternative? Or would they prefer that they die slowly?

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Republicanssuckbigtime

    Are Republicans serious? It is true - they do not want health care for anyone but their rich arse selves. They are the most greedy, hateful bunch out there. They do not care about anyone but themselves and as far as Christian values goes, these people wouldn't know a Christian value if it hit them upside the head.

    Republicans are despicable pieces of garbage.

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Jim

    Am I the only one that thinks its ironic that the people who Democrats want to pull the plug on Grandma are now asking for an apology?

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Steven W

    It may be mean-spirited, but it is entirely accurate. The Republicans should be the ones apologizing for their mean-spirited health care "plan."

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Rewhinagain

    Did the Republican whacko introduce a bill to denounce death panels and the discussion his entire party has had on the floor of the house.

    September 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Wise Latina

    Grayson is of course an idiot and reflective of the Pelosi philosophy of the loony lib Dems. What a jerk!

    Grayson has ignited a nationwide amongst a huge majority of Americans who simply wish to see these sick Democratic politicos die quickly!

    September 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Bart

    Wake up: It's about time Dems show some backbone. It's the republicans, idiot, that have said and done everything short of calling for an all out assassination. Whatever one or two Dems say is only a fraction of what subversive activities the repubs engage in every day since a non-white president has been in office.

    September 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. eolufemi

    Petty on both sides.

    September 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Go Obama

    Don't apologize. It IS the Republican plan. If you get sick, just walk it off or die– you know, whatever costs the insurance companies the least.

    Comparing his statement to Joe Wilson's screaming at the President during a Congressional address is absurd.

    The Republican party stands for mean, nasty and selfish.

    September 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Casey

    Instead of whining and introducing resolutions, the Republicans reps would better serve themselves by pointing to their plans that prove Rep. Grayson wrong. Oh, that's right. They don't have any!

    September 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Old White Virginia Female

    But the Democrats espousing death panels is all right? Hypocrites.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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