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. susanj

    DO NOT APOLOGIZE – Republicans want people to die because they side with the insurance companies – which are the REAL DEATH PANELS. Insurance companies and Republicans are DEATH PANELS. A resolution condemning Grayson? Give me a break – what a bunch of no class cry babies. And Liars to boot.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. WIll 18E

    Death Panels vs. Die quickly.
    Just goes to show the GOP, can dish it out, but can't take it, and cry's foul like a three year old spoiled child.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Joe

    How about gasbag Limbaugh apologizing to the President for calling him a Kook and loonietoons. Talk about meanspirited.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Rewhinagain

    Isn't this about 1/1000th the same as what the Republicans have done on the house flor this summer? So CNN why is it getting equal billing? Are you indeed still part of the VWRC?

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Bed time for Raygun

    Lets put all the republicans and corporate fascists in camps,they would do it to us in a heart beat if they could.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Anne

    If he believes this is the most mean-spirited partisan statement he's ever heard on the floor, he was apparently absent the day his fellow Republican representative shouted "You lie!" at the president.

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Amazing

    It's the Democrats plan that calls to kill granny!!

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. No More Incumbents

    All you idiots need to get past this party affiliation crap. They are elected officials that are supposed act in the best interest of their constitutients, not their party. Wake up and vote them ALL out!

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Tony

    What a bunch of lunatics on the left. It was their "panels" that would decide on who gets what. Common sense says they are death panels. Especially considering EVERYTHING run by the government is screwed up. So when budget costs cause cutbanks, where do you think those cutbanks will occur??? Even Obama said stop the scare tactics in his address, right before he said "We must act quickly, OR MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE". Are there nitwits serious. Nothing better than scared Dems trying to win a battle of wits. OUT IN 2010 and 2012. And loving it...

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Pat - boston

    He must has gone to a Republican political school... This behavior is very similar to the GOP... Would it possible that both sides stop this childish behaviors and work together?

    I agree with most comments that the GOP started this little game with the so called "death panels" and are still using it...

    September 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. PJ

    The Repubs do have a plan, but the media ignores it and won't give it airtime, and then people attack them for not having a plan. Health Freedom Act is a good start for reform.

    You cannot change everything overnight, as we need to better understand the ramifications of it.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. rick

    Republicans make me sick, it's alright for them to say the Dems have death panels but let us tell the truth and they get mad and cry.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. miguel

    How is this true? Anyone who wants health care can walk into a hospital and get it for free in this country.

    I have an idea: If you don't have health insurance, get some. If you can't afford it, use Medicare. Please explain why that's not good enough for you.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Jon-In-CA

    The only thing DYING QUICKLY are the re-election bids for democrats.

    As democrats continue ignoring the majority of Americans on issues – 2010 is shaping up to be a LANDSLIDE for conservative/GOP candidates.

    Keep yapping Grayson – you're only digging your political grave!

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. AB

    Alinsky Rules go both ways... you sanctimonious moronic LIBS are now finding out.
    Ridicule is easy.
    We're all using the same playbook now.
    Get used to it.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Tom

    And, we need people like this, democrats, or republicans, trying to run our healthcare system? They've failed at almost everything else.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Brian0901

    No apology needed. He told the truth.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Jann in Denver

    One should never apologize for telling the truth.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. RAG

    I don't know what they are yelling about. It's true.

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Leftie

    What a bunch of hypocrates Republicans are! Where was all the "outrage" from Republicans at the signs at the town hall meetings comparing the POTUS to Hitler, to The Joker, to Stalin!

    Why do Republicans hate American?

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. cesar

    has anyone here actually read the republican proposal? hr 3400? probably not since the dems won and won't tell you about it. or actually the media won't tell you about it.

    stop reading headlines and read the bills. i'm sure even the demwits will see that hr 3400 is better for them and the country...

    September 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Mike Webb

    Ain't nothin' but the truth! Mike Webb Austin Tx.

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. RG-TEX

    Mean spirited? My big left toe. The Republicans did not find anything wrong with the umpteen ouright lies and racial, bigoted, mean, and just-made-up statements that senators, reps, FOX, Rush, Beck have been dishing out over the last 9 months or so.

    The Republicans may win the battle on health care by these underhanded methods, but they sure won't see the White House for another 20 years, and will barely see a change in the Congressional seats.

    The party of NO has to remain in the sidelines and keep moaning and groaning till the cows come home!

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Dan Holiday

    Just like a democrat. Use hate speech. Way to go. Real adult. And isn't it funny how many liberals rush to this guy's defense? Just like they did for Roman Palanski, Ted Kennedy, and Mumia. You guys love to defend haters, criminals, murders, rapists and child molesters. And you call the GOP people racist and hate mongers? PLEASE ! !

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Dan, TX

    Republicans and Democrats blowing smoke but not providing any light.

    The point here is essentially correct however. Let's face it, we'd all be better off if people without health insurance would die, rather than suck up medical resources that belong to people who can pay for it. Why be embarrassed or ashamed. There is a finite value to any life. People who earn more money, are more valuable to society, their lives are worth more. The republicans are being honest when they don't want to provide insurance to poor people – why do we want them to stay alive? If they are worthy of living, they'd go out and make enough money to buy insurance.

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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