"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.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE – Republicans want people to die because they side with the insurance companies – which are the REAL DEATH PANELS. Insurance companies and Republicans are DEATH PANELS. A resolution condemning Grayson? Give me a break – what a bunch of no class cry babies. And Liars to boot.
Death Panels vs. Die quickly.
Just goes to show the GOP, can dish it out, but can't take it, and cry's foul like a three year old spoiled child.
How about gasbag Limbaugh apologizing to the President for calling him a Kook and loonietoons. Talk about meanspirited.
Isn't this about 1/1000th the same as what the Republicans have done on the house flor this summer? So CNN why is it getting equal billing? Are you indeed still part of the VWRC?
Lets put all the republicans and corporate fascists in camps,they would do it to us in a heart beat if they could.
If he believes this is the most mean-spirited partisan statement he's ever heard on the floor, he was apparently absent the day his fellow Republican representative shouted "You lie!" at the president.
It's the Democrats plan that calls to kill granny!!
All you idiots need to get past this party affiliation crap. They are elected officials that are supposed act in the best interest of their constitutients, not their party. Wake up and vote them ALL out!
What a bunch of lunatics on the left. It was their "panels" that would decide on who gets what. Common sense says they are death panels. Especially considering EVERYTHING run by the government is screwed up. So when budget costs cause cutbanks, where do you think those cutbanks will occur??? Even Obama said stop the scare tactics in his address, right before he said "We must act quickly, OR MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE". Are there nitwits serious. Nothing better than scared Dems trying to win a battle of wits. OUT IN 2010 and 2012. And loving it...
He must has gone to a Republican political school... This behavior is very similar to the GOP... Would it possible that both sides stop this childish behaviors and work together?
I agree with most comments that the GOP started this little game with the so called "death panels" and are still using it...
The Repubs do have a plan, but the media ignores it and won't give it airtime, and then people attack them for not having a plan. Health Freedom Act is a good start for reform.
You cannot change everything overnight, as we need to better understand the ramifications of it.
Republicans make me sick, it's alright for them to say the Dems have death panels but let us tell the truth and they get mad and cry.
How is this true? Anyone who wants health care can walk into a hospital and get it for free in this country.
I have an idea: If you don't have health insurance, get some. If you can't afford it, use Medicare. Please explain why that's not good enough for you.
The only thing DYING QUICKLY are the re-election bids for democrats.
As democrats continue ignoring the majority of Americans on issues – 2010 is shaping up to be a LANDSLIDE for conservative/GOP candidates.
Keep yapping Grayson – you're only digging your political grave!
Alinsky Rules go both ways...
...as you sanctimonious moronic LIBS are now finding out.
Ridicule is easy.
We're all using the same playbook now.
Get used to it.
And, we need people like this, democrats, or republicans, trying to run our healthcare system? They've failed at almost everything else.
No apology needed. He told the truth.
One should never apologize for telling the truth.
I don't know what they are yelling about. It's true.
What a bunch of hypocrates Republicans are! Where was all the "outrage" from Republicans at the signs at the town hall meetings comparing the POTUS to Hitler, to The Joker, to Stalin!
Why do Republicans hate American?
has anyone here actually read the republican proposal? hr 3400? probably not since the dems won and won't tell you about it. or actually the media won't tell you about it.
stop reading headlines and read the bills. i'm sure even the demwits will see that hr 3400 is better for them and the country...
Ain't nothin' but the truth! Mike Webb Austin Tx.
Mean spirited? My big left toe. The Republicans did not find anything wrong with the umpteen ouright lies and racial, bigoted, mean, and just-made-up statements that senators, reps, FOX, Rush, Beck have been dishing out over the last 9 months or so.
The Republicans may win the battle on health care by these underhanded methods, but they sure won't see the White House for another 20 years, and will barely see a change in the Congressional seats.
The party of NO has to remain in the sidelines and keep moaning and groaning till the cows come home!
Just like a democrat. Use hate speech. Way to go. Real adult. And isn't it funny how many liberals rush to this guy's defense? Just like they did for Roman Palanski, Ted Kennedy, and Mumia. You guys love to defend haters, criminals, murders, rapists and child molesters. And you call the GOP people racist and hate mongers? PLEASE ! !
Republicans and Democrats blowing smoke but not providing any light.
The point here is essentially correct however. Let's face it, we'd all be better off if people without health insurance would die, rather than suck up medical resources that belong to people who can pay for it. Why be embarrassed or ashamed. There is a finite value to any life. People who earn more money, are more valuable to society, their lives are worth more. The republicans are being honest when they don't want to provide insurance to poor people – why do we want them to stay alive? If they are worthy of living, they'd go out and make enough money to buy insurance.