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. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Oh Happy Day! The United Health Care System must be very happy since it's not exactly into truth telling. It's about time the Dems told it "like it is."

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. ATR

    Hey Repubs. project much?

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. stevetall

    How can the anyone consider this guy's remarks to be worse than spreading untruths about "death panels" and scaring our senior citizens?

    Don't make me laugh. I guess it's time to mobilize all this Democrat power and put the Republican agenda to sleep once and for all.

    Universal healthcare is a "must" if we want to compete on this planet. The cost is too much for businesses or individuals to bare. It's clear that the insurance industry doesn't want to play (and play fair), so I want my government to step in and take over. Last chance, insurance industry. Get on board or get out!

    Remember: There are twice as many people who share the Democratic philosophy as there are Republican sympathizers! VOTE, VOTE, VOTE these clowns out of office!

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Liz in Texas

    Virginia Foxx (R) said basically the same thing about Democrats on the house floor. She said the Democrat healthcare plan would put seniors in a position of being put to death by the government. Republican politicians are such hypocrites. They are so exposing themselves to thoughtful Americans, which are most of us... not the ignorant teabaggers they are constantly placating to.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. George

    CNN again reports the Republican attack-responses-in a CNN frontpage "headline."

    The "HEAT" on Congressman Grayson? A Republican saying his comment is the most "mean spirited,partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor."

    I guess that Republican wasn't in the House to hear Joe Wilson yell "YOU LIE! at the President, when Joe Wilson's yell was the lie.

    CNN, you're FOXing YOUR own reporting.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Jube

    The truth shall prevail.

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Chris - MN

    You know the GOP guys have been waiting anxiously for something to be said that they could claim to be injured by.

    Can we please move on to shapes and colors, and then hopefully governance?

    September 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Denise

    Oh, but they can freely lie about Democrat "death panels"? Don't dish out what you can't take, Republicans.

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. hobart

    Gee, accusing Democrats of favoring "death panels" is perfectly OK, but this is not?

    Hey Republicans, if you want to civil discussion, then stop your nasty lying character assassination. I'm guessing you won't stop the lies, because to some extent, they work. But then how dare you complain when the same tactic is used against you?!

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Dee

    our government MUST come under the same health care plan as the rest of the country. Until that happens they will make poor choices and will never agree with each other. The partisanship MUST stop. Who can make this happen ?

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Mike

    Good for him for pointing out the truth. I wish I resided in his district so I could vote for him.

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Mark S.

    This from the people whose lies include death panels and birthers....

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Tom, NC

    Hey, if it were true, Alan Grayson would be right to be mad at the Republicans – there they go, suggesting death panels. Foul ball – it was the Democrats who came up with that idea first....in the 'health-bill-that-nobody-read-but-would-be-law-if-Obama-had-had-his-way'.

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. JA/TN

    it must be true, most in opposition to healthcare are set for life, do they really care about budgets, no, most republicans want to protect the whale sized insurance companies that donate funds to campagins, no apology needed, worst have been said, Joe Wilson's behavior was on the level with whale manure

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    Democrats are just plain dumb

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Nik Kripalani

    Wrong You Lie Joe Wilson!

    Democrats come on. I voted and elected you guys to fix things not make a mess again. Teamwork work together and get things done, no matter we are still so far behind the Republicans in Math and Science. If Democrats are intelligent why not have a math debate and you would see the Facts that Democrats have always been the smarter, if it is done correctly.

    If I was at that speech on health care. I would say you lie Joe! At least the President was right.

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. JoJo

    Stop acting as a victim. You cannot take a punch back!

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    Well, I for one would be happy to will my decayed corspe as a reminder that every soul counts....fourtuantely those in the faith world have a Physician on call 24 hrs so we don't need to concern ourselves with the 'what if's'. I am so sick of this political fighting...at the end of the year none of this will matter...put your priorities in order and work for the will of the people and all of you grow up!

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Donovan

    Sometimes the TRUTH is mean spirited ... but it doesn't stop it from being true.

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. kirk

    Is it not the essence of the republican stance?

    Kuddos for fighting for the people sir. THANK YOU.

    And as to the comment that it's the worst partisan comment, hardly. They must not have any mirrors over there on the GOP side of the isle.

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    I guess it is the most mean-spirited comment since Sarah Palin's "death panel" comment.
    Politician's are such hypocrites.

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. finally

    beat the neo-cons in their own game!

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    He simply spoke the truth. Get over it. Further more, Republicans don't just want you to die quickly, they want you to die now, regardless of if you are sick or not.

    Republicans fully endorse mass genocide and killing grandma. If it weren't for government funded health care, grandma would already be dead.

    September 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Edie Montague

    LOL, advertising about "Death Panels" is ok ... if we have to stoop to their level to get the point across then so be it. To compare that comment to the "you lie" just shows how the right thinks that they can play by different rules than everyone else does.

    September 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Leftie

    "where is the republican health care plan that basically says that people should die quickly if they get sick? The last this I heard form the DEMS and the Prez, is that the republicans HAVE NO PLAN. If they have no plan then where did this loon get the idea that this is what the republicans are aiming for. Typical liberal dem. it figures."

    Excuse me, but is the person who posted this TRYING to sound stupid or is he/she REALLY stupid??!!! The fact that repubs don't want ANY health insurance reform means that the insurance industry keeps millions of American citizens from getting health care because millions of American citizens can't AFFORD IT! If you're sick and can't afford to get treatment for your illness . . . . you die . . . DUH!!!

    September 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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