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. Buster

    "Deficit Neutral" said by Obama. How can anyone beleive that taking $500 billion from old folks will allow them to keep the same healthcare. Liberal Mental Disease.

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Laurie in Spokane

    Republicans are taking offense at this comment? How can you be offended by the truth? The Republican Party sounds like a cry-baby, and they want their cake and eat it too. They "turn up the heat" but can't take it can they.

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. AK

    I like this guy Grayson..... He knows how to stir things up just like the Repuglicant do. We need more of this kinds of guys in the Dem. party to with stand the nonsense going on. If you want to shed the label of weakness as you dems have been protrayed... then get in the RING and BOX these weak clowns called the GOP!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. KATHLEEN

    Wonder what smear tacticss the Republicans will use when Americans see Michael Moore's movie CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
    comes out this weekend.

    AMERICANS WILL BE SHOCKED! We've been had!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Jeff Thomas

    I've got an idea – whoever makes an incisive comment designed to put the other side on the defensive, let's have them hold up an "I'm sorry" sign. Because that's what political discussion has come to. The blogosphere has made lucid debate ridiculous.

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Robert

    For those saying the Republicans don't have a plan, unfortunately that isn't true. However, the plan they have is even worse than doing nothing at all. They want to allow companies to sell you insurance across state lines to "increase competition." What that really means is that companies can move to the state with the least amount of regulations and sell even WORSE policies, drop you whenever they want, and only cover what they want. Forget about having a preexisting condition. I'd say Grayson is about right.

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. D-Rob

    I love the indignation from both sides of this issue. Please! This is what politics is. The partisan banter being thrown about in this "discussion" game me a good laugh for the day. Thanks!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. dem in chicago

    Finally! Give the pig republicans a taste of their own medicine (so to speak...) Too bad we didn't start this August. Next time we'll know not to waste time trying to be civil with republicans in the first place.

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Sorry, but the good Congressman is incorrect, republicans do NOT want you to die quickly, it would cut down on the insurance company profits!

    Besides, the Twitter Twit called for "death panels" and NOT ONE republican rebuked her.

    What is good for the goose is also good for the gander(sorry that is the only "folksy" saying this elitist knows)

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. elliott

    Well that sucks....
    Come on folks. It's not about health "care". It's about government control. The system we have now needs some work....but not wholesale change. It's still the best health care system IN THE WORLD.
    This is about POWER plain and simple.
    The government can't run the post office efficiently....WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT THEM TO RUN HEALTH CARE ???!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Big Blue Patriot

    While the Representative's comment is stooping to the GOP's level, it would appear that the Republicans " sure can dish it out, but they can't take it!"

    The GOP is the Party of Hate.

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Dad of a Diabetic

    The fact that young adults with deadly diseases cannot get health insurance is a moral issue. It is time that the Democrats made it a moral issue. For the last 8 years, the Republicans showed a cold hearted indifference toward the thousands of young people who cannot get health insurance, because they survived cancer or have juvenile diabetes. People against the Government helping the uninsurable may one day find themselves or a loved one uninsurable, and then they will know the fear that the parent of an uninsurable child lives with. The fear that your child may not be able to get the health care that they need to live!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Celsuil

    He should not apologize, the republican non-plan and refusal to support anything amounts to exactly what he's talking about

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Whine Whine Whine

    Oh man this made me laugh so hard...
    The Republicans have the GALL to be upset by THIS remark? THIS is the most "mean spirited partisan" thing ever said? I am going to call BS on that...
    Seems pretty right on. Republicans want health care to remain the same and right now, if you don't have healthcare you BETTER not get sick and if you do, hope you die quickly so you don't have to live through agonizing pain since you can't afford a doctor!

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    Republicans want health care reform – just not the reform that Democrats want. But in the spirit of being a Democrat – you are either with us or against us. Democrats have a hard time accepting that everyone is not bowing down to their master health care plan. Republicans want insurance credits for folks to get health care, they want people with pre exisitng conditions to qualify for health care, they want to make it so that insurance companies can not drop patients coverage, they want tort reform. Lets be honest from both sides when discussing what the different parties stand for. At the same time, do politicians from both sides not engage their brains before they speak??

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Tony

    The Democratic Party Battlecry "IF ITS FREE, I'LL TAKE THREE" Just go get it from a guy who is working thanks, need to get back to my soaps. GET A JOB!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Michael

    It was also a horribly bi partisan statement to claim that the Obama plans creates "death boards" who decide is you are worthy of care.

    Where's the apology for that?

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. D-Rob

    Oops! Too quick with the fingers. This "discussion" GAVE me a good laugh.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. jay

    The truth (Wilson) gets condemed, harmful rhetoric (Greyson) is not only not condemed, but no Democrats have even said it was a bad thing to do. Hypocracy aboounds everywhere, but I hold a special place in my heart for the ability of the left to talk outof both sides of their mouth at the same time.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Honest AB

    Go get um Grayson! You and Barney Frank are about the only ones who seem to have a spine or the guts to stand up to the republican goons!

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Proud to be Independent

    Lol .. and these are the same people who DEMANDED an apology from a congressman for speaking the truth 'HE LIES' ??
    Anyone remember ???

    It is fine to speak your mind ... but you also need to ball up and apologize in the true spirit when you go overboard

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. John

    Repuke are a bunch of whinny babies!!! As many lies as these people spout everyday from the Becks, Limbaughs Hanitys and their own members of the government they hate so bad but would give thier right arm to be there, Rep Grayson is right!! Stand tall sir we are behind you! What has any Republican ever done for America???

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Andrew

    I disagree; " die quickly" is not the specific plan. The plan is to cut taxes on the wealthy because the Republicans' solution to everything is to make rich people richer. Those who die because they cannot afford health insurance are simply collateral damage.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Andre

    this man should not apologize at all this is during his time to speak he spoke his mind, and he is right republicans only want to help themselves and interest(middle class and poor not included).
    furthermore Joe Wilson disrespected the president which not only is a person but the presidency itself and institution, democrats no more negotiations no more playing nice together bush did not, when he had majority of the house and senate he signed bills like no bodies business and dems did not get one say for 8 years it felt like only republicans were in the white house and running the whole U.S. alone.
    democrats and the president should take republicans as far away from the table as possible except for those who see it their way, thats business and that is how we should run our country.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. David

    If the shoes fits...

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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