September 30th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
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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. bravado in boston

    hmmm..having read some of the GOP's proposals, i can understand the summation. But you have to add a phrase: "If you are poor or out of work..."

    No public option with mandated health insurance means those who cannot afford it are doomed to be penalized – to become criminals. So if you lost your job, or can't afford health insurance (at $300 to $800 a month, it is almost unbearable to finance), the you simply would have to die to afford the coverage the GOP is proposing.

    No apology necessary Mr. Grayson. You were right. You don't lie!

    Oh by the way, the outburst of "you lie" was made toward the President in a joint chamber, and completely out of manners. Mr. Grayson's speach was done correctly and in the right forum.

    I LOVE a politician who can speak what he knows is right! 🙂

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Jim

    First off, this is much different than Wilson's outburst. Secondly, until the GOP actually comes up with a REAL plan, then they have nothing to complain about.

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. dymoy

    The Republicans should listen to their own rhetoric if they want to hear mean-spirited. They lie about death panels, socialized medicine and illegal immigrants, but they offer nothing except pushing the agenda of the insurance and drug companies that fund them.

    September 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Democrat in Colorado

    OK, let me see if I have this right. Republican senators and congressmen can go all over the country accusing Democrats of wanting to kill grandma and that's OK. Yet a Democratic congressman makes a like comment and all of a sudden the GOP think it's terrible. Just put a picture of the GOP logo in the dictionary for the word hypocrisy and no written difinition will be necessary. A picture, after all, speaks a thousand words.

    September 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. masaccio

    Grayson is exactly right: the Republican plan is to get you to die quickly so insurance companies can keep your premiums. Unless you are rich. In that case, you get to spend your own money any way you want to.

    September 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. I can see Canada from my house!

    After the death panel lie they circulated, the GOP has the nerve to complain? After screaming "You lie!" at the president, they take offense at this?

    This is an example of what is coming back at the GOP, and what will hound them till Election Day. Its called karma, get used to it.

    September 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. AJ

    Republicans always did have only a passing aquaintance with the truth so tend to be very offended by it. No apology is needed, in fact that should be the tagline on a commerical aimed at the insurance company give away program favored by "conservatives."

    September 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Angry Vet

    Well said, and it interprets the Republican health plan to a tee. Where is he wrong? Where does the Republican plan differ? Is there a Republican plan?

    September 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Lisa P

    "Don't get sick, but if you do die quickly" sounds like a pretty accurate summary of the Republican plan to me. Funny that the Republicans would think that truth is a worse offense than lying about our President and his intentions. Truth really does hurt if you're a Republican, I guess.

    September 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    AND DUNCANdonut QUOTES: "That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor." UNQUOTE

    No DUNCANdonut – "YOU LIE" directed towards our President is the "... most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor."

    September 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. John B. From New Hampshire

    ok GOP before you start calling the kettle black how about this. Take into consideration all of the lies and vitriol you've been spreading about health care and measure that against this ONE statement... see if your argument then holds water! Furthermore, if you want to show that you DON'T want us to die quickly then prove it! Where's your health care plan?!?! Is this your next budget plan with a nice shiny cover and no figures??? You've all been elected to office to do SOMETHING not NOTHING! If we wanted people to do nothing in elected office we would have forced GWB to stay put!!

    September 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. barbara

    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.

    September 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Susanne

    I think Grayson is right on. The Republicans don't seem to want to do anything – just keep on with the status quo. If they don't like what Grayson said then they need to come out with some ideas that show their willingness to move forward with a new health care agenda. The system we have is brokent. Just saying "NO" to everything doesn' t impress me with any leadership qualities. I have been a Republican until the last election and if the RNC wants me back then they need to DO something that shows what they believe in or else I will continue to assume that they just don't have any ideas.

    September 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Death Assurance Companies

    Good,it needed to be said ,because its true.

    September 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. th

    He is right on that assessment. The repubs don't want to help anyone but themselves.

    September 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Steve C

    what a hypocrite. The GOP says all kinds of nut job things about healthcare, then act offended when the tables are turned

    September 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Mike in MN

    Who let this guy out of the looney bin? Who voted for him?
    This takes fear mongering to a new level. Grayson has raised the bar on how vile the left can get.
    Do you suppose Obama and Pelosi will call him out on telling lies and misinformation? I won't hold my breath. Do you suppose Pelosi will hold a press conference and cry and say hate speech like this could cause violence against Republicans? Not a chance of that happening.
    Obama and Pelosi and the left are a bunch of two faced hypocrits.

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Liberals are Hypocrites

    Grayson, YOU LIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Sheryl

    Well he's right if the Republicans don't have a plan? This is so not news he is simply saying the party of no have no plan just some mess they put on paper with no change not real change!!! wake up people and lets get this done!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Keith in Austin

    Grayson, like most left-wing progressives are wimpish crybabies when things don't go their way! What a total loser. I hope senior citizens in Fla. are smart enough to realize that Conservatives from BOTH parties are the ones that are protecting them and Medicare coverage from being abandoned to pay for those seeking additional government entitlements

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. RJ

    Let see now? Death panels, pull the plug on grandmom; hum – sound about right to me.

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Robert

    The Republican plan is to make sure things stay the way they are right now.

    Right now people are dying every week because they can't get health care.

    Sounds like he was correct in his statement. Republicans care about money and big business before the problems of the average person. That's their track record for decades now.

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Pat

    It certainly seems that is their policy to me. They care little for you and me but want those large contributions for their war chests from drug companies and HMOs and Health Insurance. Do they really care what we think? Time for the silent majority. Those who voted for Mr. Obama for his health care stance to speak up. We are sick to death of the GOP know nothings who do nothing. Does anyone remember the last 8 years? Do you remember how they ruined our economy? Are your memories that short? They sell out to whatever special interest gives them the biggest bang for their vote. Do you really want these guys back in power again really???

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Angelique

    Come on Dems, don't stoop to the Republican's level!

    Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. SHARON

    Hurray! Finally a democrat is has the guts to fight the republican way. Sorry, republicans. You can't have it both ways. If you want adult arguments, then act like adults. If you behave like children, you will be treated as such. I want more of this push-back, not less.

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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