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. Mary Lou Hamm

    if the shoe fits, wear it!

    September 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Dullard

    I don't want health care for anyone. Won't fit in my trailer anyhoo.

    September 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Robert

    ""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."

    Really? The most mean-spirited partisan statement? Where was Jimmy Duncan during August?

    Hypocrites....

    Look, he shouldn't have said it. But, it doesn't deserve Censure by his collegues. They are comparing the statement to what Joe Wilson did during the President's speech to Congress.. There is no comparison. He did not yell out an insult to the president of the United States during a speech to Congress. He said what he wanted to say during his alloted time to speak..

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. BOB

    This all started with Nixon and other Republicans. He is caught on tape! Watch Michael Moore's Sicko!

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Drop Dead

    Grayson, I'd like to see you "die quickly"!! What a moron!!

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    Glayson has nothing to apologize for. The GOP lies about death panels is much worse and no one apologized for those lies. Glayson told the truth because the GOP has no plan other than to line the pockets of the Health Insurance industry. Wilson never apologized in public to the U.S. House for his outburst, he only claimed he called Rahm Emmanuel to privately apologize for offending the Presidency.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. GD

    Finally!
    What the Republicans actually don't like about this, is that the Dems have finally said something the general public can understand and get on board with.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Nate

    Everyone keeps talking about Obama's plan.... WHAT PLAN?!?!? Has anyone seen this plan written down? Anyone?

    By the way, ALL of congress, Rep and Dem, are bought and paid for by the special interests. No one gives a crap about the average taxpayer. The Dem's are just as bad the Rep's. Actually, Wall Street gave more $ to Dems last time than Reps by 2 to 1.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Big D

    I'm not sure he was wrong. If the Republicans have a message for uninsured and underinsured Americans over health care that extends beyond F U, I'd like to know what it is. All the niceties in the world cannot cover up the hard core brutality of telling someone that they will not get medical care because they were born poor, lost their job, had their insurance cancelled for being sick, etc.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Dan

    What's the matter, too accurate? They're just grasping at any straw that will let them get back for the hoopla over the "You Lie!" comment.

    The GOP running around saying that Dems want to pull the plug on grandma is not EXACTLY THE SAME THING?!?

    Please...

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    And this solves the problem how? The problem is not about the need for health care but rather how to pay for it. Cut spending in other areas of the budget to the tune of three trillion dollars and everyone can have government health care. If this is going to be additional spending on top of our current debt, then we can not afford it.
    Do not expect the minority few who work and pay taxes to take on the hugh tax increase to pay for additional spending, bottom line.
    Stop calling each other names, and start finding the funding in the current budget.

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Gary

    The Republican plan is you are on your own.

    Good luck!

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. The Voice

    He couldn't of said it better. It's the truth!

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. elliott

    ...by the way, the Death Panel criticism is legitimate. Dems stop being puppets of your lying president. Try to understand this. Your president has Lied to the public over and over. Don't believe it? Read the bill yourself. You can find it online. You will not find the words "Death Panel", of course, but the concept is there if you follow out the plan to it's logical conclusion. Come on. Think!

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. ISSUE YES

    Compare this comment to the Death Panels, the Fox News Death Book, the killings by Right Wingers because people were Liberal. The Dem comment was unwise and should be beneath debating tactics but the Republicans are doing this every day all day and no big article in the press–even when Right Wingers kill people, the comparison focuses on the Dem regressions.

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Jeffrey in Michigan

    So typical...the party that brought us "death squads" now wallows in fake indignation over an accurate comment.

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Kim

    If this is the best that they can do... i say donate to this mans reelection.

    Remember this is all about money and the insurance industry is running the GOP.

    September 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Let's see now...A Republican congressman calls Obama the "Enemy of humanity" and Republicans applaud. A Democratic Congressman points out that the Republicans don't have a viable healthcare plan and the right wing goes ballistic. It's called hypocrisy and it's spelled r-e-p-u-b-l-i-c-a-n.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Angry Cow

    Explain to me why this is any more objectionable than Sarah Palin's Death Panel assertions.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Todd M

    Maybe the Democrats will finally grow a pair and fight back against the ridiculous statements by the Republicans.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Allen L Wenger

    This is worse than saying "they want to plull the plug on grandma", "that they want death panels", and "they are going to ration health care"? I don't think so. Maybe the Republicans are just making noise and they don't even remember what they said.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Greg

    With wackos like this guy and Michael Moore on their side, it is no surprise that Americans are fast losing faith in the Democrats.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. John

    The republicans have no interest in the welfare of the people of this country or any other. They are only interested in protecting their big business buddies and being obstructionists to Obama's agenda which in large part corrects the destructive Bush policies.

    September 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Rog

    If any of the people posting on this had actually read the last bill, your opinion just might be different. Instead it's the same old thing. Republicans are losers and mean spirited. READ THE BILL BEFORE passing judgement people!!. I'm tired about all the negative comments from people who have no idea what they are talking about. There were ALOT of attachments to the last bill that in my opinion were just plain bad policy. I'm an independant and feel that we do need some revamping of our healthcare. It's laughable listening to BOTH sides point the finger and blame each other. Those who are posting these negative comments are no better then the other side.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Erik in Houston

    That is the Republican's plan. He's right. If you don't die quickly, then, oh well, hope you can afford it.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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