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. max pargament

    Is that not the republican's plan? Honestly, these people say screw everyone else as long as they get to keep more money or promote bills that keep their corporate buddies happy. And not to mention though many democrats do this too as we've seen lately.


    We are ranked no.37 by the World Health Organization for overall healthcare. But I guess when republicans look at facts like that, they use their amazing math skills to read that as #1!

    September 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. LouAz

    I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that a Dem would say such a thing about the Flat Earth Republican Health Care Plan. Duh, there is one isn't there ?

    September 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Michael

    Do NOT apologize. The truth hurts, doesn't it Mr. Duncan?

    September 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Linda Crass

    No, the most mean-spirited, partisan comment was the outrageous claim of "death panels" against the President.

    September 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Rabble Rouser

    It's about time somebody nailed up the Republican approach for what it really is. The Republican plan is a nice complEment to the Health Insurers' plans. Kudos to Grayson.

    September 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    What a loser. Obviously, dems are imploding and foaming at the mouth. Humorous to watch.

    September 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Grow stupid. I am embarrassed by our leadership in Washington!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. SantaRitaHunter

    I can't see what the GOP is complaining about. Weren't they the mean-spirited partisan bastages who were accusing democrats of trying to kill grandma?

    It's really unfortunate that there are no conservatives in the Republican party.

    September 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Steele is the nutjob

    Wait a minute! How dare he use the same kind of harsh language that Conservatives have been using for months! That's just wrong. They are the ones that are supposed to blow things out of proportion and say things in a way that makes the other side sound horrible and evil. Where did this Democrat come from to be acting so much like a Republican?!?!?

    How can Republicans criticize this speech or ask for an apology with a straight face after all the things they have said and done?

    September 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Steph

    I hate that one of the Dems is stooping to thei GOP's level, but I do find it hilarious that the Tennesee Republican called this statement "mean-spirited". I wonder if he's been paying attention to the behavior of his fellow GOP reps lately.

    September 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Bill Sampson

    Health insurance company bureaucrats = Death Panels.

    September 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Sniffit

    That "die quickly" only applies to Demecrats though.

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. JOE

    the only thing i can say to the gop is what goes around comes around.

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Florida Joe

    Finally someone has the gutts to say it............He is 100% correct!!!!!!!!!

    Really funny how the party that comes up with Death Panels and they are trying to kill grandma would get so upset about being called out for it..................

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. WI Cheesehead

    Truth only hurts for those who don't want to accept it. Back in 2003 the GOP lead congress wrote the Medicare reform bill that was signed in to law by dubbya that included words eliciting the so called “death panels” and now the GOP is busy trying to hang that monkey on BHO and the DEMs. That is the simple GOP playbook.

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Glenn Tex

    It is true all of the current repugs and some so called dems don't want the american people to afford health insurance. If they did then they would pass a strong affordable public option with low co-pays and deductibles and free preventive care. But they won't even with the majority of americans in favor of such a plan.

    We need to have a pro-health care reform march on DC.

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Brent

    So...Republicans can foam at the mouth about disproven death committees and scream out that the President is a liar, but a Democrat can't speak out against a bad plan put forth by Republicans??? Someone's hypocrisy is showing...yet again.

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. tj

    He should never apolopy. It is true what the republicans do not care what happen to sick and if people have a common sense you see that the republican does not have a plan to fix anythings. Only to use fear and liars and I wish people can think for themselves. I used to be a republican and I feel that real truth and love for the less of us. People please think 4 ur self

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Maybe he can call Steele's assistant and offer an apology, but do not, under any circumstance, apologize on the floor.

    "Mean-spirited?" This is being touted by the same herd that claims "Death Panels" are real despite a total lack of evidence, Obama's a socialist, a communist, a marxist, a native Kenyan, as well as the comment "...that he is an enemy of humanity," according to Arizona Rep. Franks.

    They don't just want their cake and eat it too, they also seem to want to complain about the cake they ate and not pay for it, whilst demanding more cake.

    Republicans: Man up and quit whining because you no longer have complete control. Checks and balances involves letting the other side fix your mess...

    September 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Kate

    When Obamacare passes, we will all die quicker!

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Grayson should not issue an apology. The Republican plan is, in fact, to do nothing. By default, this leaves the health insurance industry with the decision-making authority to determine what, in fact, gets paid for. End of life care is incredibly expensive so it is in the best interest of their profit motive to shorten end of life care as much as possible.

    So yes, Grayson is correct in his assessment that, under our current system, there is a financial incentive for insurance companies to encourage as short of end of life care as possible AND, by default, the do-nothing approach of the Republicans actually supports this status quo.

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Mitchell from MS

    LOL. What a jerk. The dem plan denies coverage to individuals past the age of 59 as well as cuts 500 billion from medicare aka senior citizens, and cover illegal aliens.


    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Alan

    This guy is just trying to get his 15 minutes of "Joe Wilson" fame.

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. cutegrandma

    This is just sick that they would say that, so tired of this guy back in Junior High come on

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. tjaman

    Why apologize? That pretty much _is_ their plan.

    September 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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