September 30th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
13 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. Tom in Va

    Grayson is my new hero.

    September 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. OBO

    Look!! Everyone on both sides, are playing games and acting like kids. They need to learn how to agree and then we can have a working government.

    We need health care reform now, because once we go to war with Iran, we won't have the time!!

    September 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. marcus (seattle)

    mean spirited and partisan ?? republicans would know what that's all about.. yelling out during obama's speeches... then, using the event as a fundraiser... creating the town hall feeding frenzies.. this congressman should get up to speak today, and laugh at the hypocrisy of republicans..

    September 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. N. Elizabeth Davis

    Are you kidding me? Mean-spirited? And calling the Dem's plan nothing more than "death panels for seniors" is not mean spirited? What's up with that?

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. angel

    It seems that if you disagree with some one you may be leveled as a MASS MURDER.
    This Health Reform is really taken a real twist on its own and we may ending up wishing each other to be death, instead of wishing each other to get well, and don't get sick.

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Rick

    The ONE and ONLY ONE comment I read in this entire string is "the ENTIRE CONGRESS" needs to apologize to the American Public for NOT DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS!"

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. carlos, THAT one

    I applaud the congressman from Florida where I live, the republicans have the IQ well below plant level.........throw them all in the dumpster, they will cohabitate just fine......garbage

    NO APOLOGY to those evil repugnants, never!

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Can we have an apology from Limbaugh and beck for calling health care reform "reparations" then?

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Juge

    Why is he being pilloried for speaking the truth?

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. justsane

    it sounds to me like he has pretty much described the republican plan. if you can't afford insurance and have the bad taste to get sick, then your choices are to either avail yourself of the current "public option" i.e., emergency room care, medicare, or medicaid, all of which are costly, and ulitminately paid for by taxpayers; or you can die quickly, before you either run up health care bills that will bankrupt your family, or start having the government pay for your care.

    you know, if it were up to the republican party, we would have no social programs at all, no minimum wage, no funding for education, no national parks system, nothing in fact, that would benefit all americans.

    rep. grayson, i would like you to stand close to every wimpy democrat in congress. let's see if you can't rub off on them a little so that they remember that we elected them to do the right thing, not the most popular...

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Calvin Chan

    It is about time some spoke the truth about the Republican Health Care solution. They only speak for the Insurance industry not average working Americans. Every other major country beleives health care is a right not a political issue.

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. dontbefooled

    Dems: Repubs have no plan yet their plan wants people to die quick;y. Typical idiotic democratic statement. You want to know why you can't get a public option, because you have no clue on how to fix things other than handing it over to the historically worst administrators of anything...The government. It's truly a shame how many Dems vote on emotion and not facts. How many Dems knew how much Palins wardrobe cost: 90+%. How many knew of the QUOTE by Mr Obama that his cap and trade would bankrupt the coal industry : Less than 15%..Your laughable.

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Eric in Denver

    Beautiful another seat for the republicans to pick up. Where is the outrage from the left looking for an apology. He must be a racist!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. mark in Atlanta

    Holy cow. The people who have been spreading the lie that reform equals mandatory death panels find this offensive?

    September 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. John

    Republicans don't want to take responsibility for the long-term consequences of their position to deny coverage to the uninsured. Grayson is absolutely right – truth hurts, doesn't it?

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    Well Duncan you and the Republicans said it first. Now it sounds ridiculous for you. Which of you two parties are worth a d...? I believe neither therefore I will seek new ground when election time comes. Your like a bad member of the mob you both need to be eliminated.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. tigerakabj

    They can dish it out, but can't take it.

    Finally, a Democrat is fighting back. Who's the party that spouted off death panel lies, shouted at the president during a joint session of congress, told America that "Obama wants to pull the plug on grandma?"

    It's time to rumble with these GOPers. They took this country apart, and Obama/Dems (well except the likes of Baucus) are trying to fix it.

    And where is the GOPs detailed plan to reform our badly broken healthcare system? Oh that's right, they don't have one. Their only plan is to scare the American people and let the insurance companies continue to gouge people.

    Bring the heat Rep. Grayson. It's about time Dems got some backbone.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Scott

    Sometimes the truth is inconvenient, and sometimes it hurts, but it's still the truth.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Diane

    Well, I can't buy health insurance at any price due to a pre-existing condition. I feel that I am the victim of a insurance policies that will cause my death eventually. I cannot get any of my Republican congresspeople to even respond to my inquiry as to what they are going to do to help me get health insurance for my very urgent health issues. Not one has responded. The fact is, our congresspeople largely want to help the insurance companies, not the folks who elected them.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Die quickly? Sounds like a death panel. So Palin was correct after all!
    It was confirmed by this guy (a dem). Everybody knows the dems ALWAYS tells the truth. Heck, toss the republicans in there as well (just trying to be fair)!

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Ron

    What should he take heat for the Truth?

    Now if anything they should have taken "Palin" down for her Lie...

    Now her book title tells the world about the real Sarah – deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.

    The Truth Hurts when it's not coming from a republican now days....

    September 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. John

    Why should he apologize? I would'nt becuase I will be one of the statistics in probably a year. The senate bill will do absolutely nothing for me which is what the dems in the senate did on purpose. there is nothing good about it other than to die real fast.

    September 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. My 2 cents

    Please don't apologyze. You're telling the truth and they are afraid that people will actually start listening and figure out what the Republicans are really doing. Continue to voice the truth. You are the voice of the people.

    September 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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