October 21st, 2009
07:08 PM ET
5 years ago

'Die quickly' Dem launches Web site honoring the dead

Rep. Alan Grayson launches Web site honoring the dead.
Rep. Alan Grayson launches Web site honoring the dead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Alan Grayson - whose statement that Republican health care calls for the sick to "die quickly" - has launched a new Web site, namesofthedead.com, that invites users to submit stories of loved ones who have died because they lack health insurance.

"I have created this project in their memory," reads a message on the new site. "I hope that honoring them will help us end this senseless loss of American lives."

In the midst of the national health care debate, the freshman Florida Democrat rose to national prominence recently when he declared from the House floor that the Republican health care reform proposal is "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly."

The National Republican Congressional Committee slammed Grayson Wednesday over the new site.

"What is wrong with this man?" NRCC spokesman Andy Sere said in a statement e-mailed to CNN. "Alan Grayson's morbid exploitation of 'the dead' for personal political gain may be the most shameless stunt he's pulled yet."

Sere also told CNN that the NRCC believes the new Grayson site violates House ethics rule.

According to the House Ethics Manual, Members' official House Web sites may not include any personal or political information and also may not be directly linked to or refer to Web sites created or operated by a campaign or any campaign-related entity. House rules also prohibit Members' campaign Web sites from including a link to Members' official House Web sites and prohibit official House Web sites from being advertised on campaign Web sites or other campaign-related material. Grayson's new site contains links to both Grayon's official House site and his re-election campaign's site.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    This is grandstanding by a democrat who thinks those of us who work hard to take care of our families owes the deadbeats (Work a 2nd job to pay for their healthcare) a life too. The people who are put on this list even under Health Care Reform would not get the same medical as the Congressman and if you really look at any of the proposed bills , taxes and fees are raised and being collected for 6 1/2 years before any of the benefits kick in!

    October 21, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Beverly

    If we weren't so busy funding foreign wars and losing lives of the best of Armericans, we could no doubt afford any kind of health care we want.

    October 21, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. terry,va

    This guy is an idiot!!!!! He better get his 15 minutes of fame (infamy) as the seniors will vote him out in 2010.

    October 21, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I agree that the Republican ideas aren't much better than die quickly. This website idea may be pushing a bit too far. I am sure that the Republicans think that if you don't have health insurance, maybe you shouldn't be around any how since you are sucking up services that are meant for the rest of them.

    October 21, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. malclave

    Democrats want people to die slowly, in agony.

    October 21, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. mjm

    This guy is insane.

    44000 do not die simply because they have no insurance.

    The "study" he is referencing is JUNK SCIENCE written by a public option advocate with a pre-determined conclusion in mind.

    Even IF 44000 die per year from lack of health insurance, more people die WITH health insurance. Where's his website for that?

    Finally, it is the DEMOCRATS that control the House. They don't need the Republicans to pass HR 3200. The only people holding up this bill are Democrats.

    October 21, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Shelly CO

    NO, the GOP's exploitation of the ignorant and stupid (Town halls and tea parties) to 'kill' the health reform bill for millions of our fellow beings is MORBID!!!!

    October 21, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. ccc

    REthugs will hate this man because his slamming them with truth

    October 21, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    Congressman Grayson is willing to take a strong stand for Americans to create a sense of urgency for our health-care reforms.

    In stark contrast, the NRCC unfortunately exposes its hypocrisy again through unbelievable indignation. These Republicans somehow ignore comments from their own members (Ginny Browne-Waite, Foxx, King, Gohmert, etc.) with their shamefully dishonest desperation against health care for people in need.

    Many Americans will take a representative fighting for our health-care reforms any day over the GOP nonsense. GO Grayson!

    October 21, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Danny J

    That is exploitation in the worst kind of way. That is shameful and disgusting. This man should be prosecuted.

    October 21, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Obamalism

    What a sick idiot... Floridians must be so proud.

    is that?...yes i think it is... his tie is made of monopoly money. How fitting for a US congressman of today.

    October 21, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. LacrosseDad

    this guy is one big LOSER

    October 21, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Corey

    Since this clown has now violated two separate issues of house ethics, it's time to move beyond censure. Impeach Grayson '09

    October 21, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. tjaman

    Again with the accusations. Rock on, Rep. Grayson! I think we should all be terrifically embarrassed as the world's only remaining "superpower" that _anyone at all_ has died for lack of health insurance. For SHAME!

    October 21, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Puddin'

    Well, he speaks the truth. I've read up on the different health reform plan proposals, and the Repubs just don't have one.

    October 21, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. normajean

    Call it what you will but Alan Grayson is calling things as they are. People are dying for lack of medical care and during this entire fight for a plan to help millions without it, the Republicans have become obsolete by refusing to help.They say they have a plan but nobody has seen or heard it. If they mess with The Democratic plan being brought forward, they are in essence killing people by denial.We should all have health. plans like the politicians have.Now, that would really be something.

    October 21, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Biased

    I know he is now the darling of the democrats, but this man, in my opinion is obnoxious. When he calls republicans knuckle dragging neandrethals on Wolf Blitzer's show and then exploits the dead for his own personal 15 minutes of fame, it is nothing to be admired but instead pitied.

    October 21, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Brian Rich

    Keep at it Grayson. They hate that you said it because there's nothing about it they can deny.

    October 21, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Robert

    well I think this congressman has really step over the line with his website

    democrats are to blame also for not fixing the health care system

    October 21, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Susan

    Whatever he's doing, he sure is pushing Republican buttons, and they don't like it! For that reason alone, I hope he keeps it up!

    October 21, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. mike

    What an idiot.

    October 21, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Stacie

    The fake outrage from the party whose own member yelled "you lie" during a presidential address to the joint session of congress and then signed photographs of the outburst and used it as a major fund raising tool is getting very old.

    We should honor the people who were so horribly mistreated by our broken health care system! They aren't here with us to share their stories so what's wrong with making sure their voices are heard?!?!

    October 21, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. Greg, MN

    Ironically today, the American Cancer Society in concert with the Obama administration denounced early cancer screenings. Every conservative I heard today when nuts over this. So who is the party of die quickly, then?

    October 21, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    What a joke. Grayson, from the party that promotes abortion and euthanasia, has the gall to say the Republicans want people to die quickly.

    October 21, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. jon,philadelphia

    I love this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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