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)

    The Republicans are "just horrible" people that the people voted for.


    I despise them for creating havoc and misleading the American People!!!! Talk about lies!!!!! and scare tactics!!!!

    They will do ANYTHING to Win in 2010 so that (hearsay) they can
    "impeach" Pres. Obama! If their hate spewing conventions keep it
    up, somebody is going to get killed!!!!! They laughed at Nancy Polosi
    for being concerned!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Tom in CA

    Just the kind of self-righteousness one would expect from members of the Grand Obstructionism Party.

    Let's see, they say that President Obama is:
    A Socialist,
    A Liar,
    Calling for "Death Panels" in his health reform plan,
    etc, etc, etc ad nauseam.

    The GOP doesn't have one original thought amongst all their members.

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Good for Grayson! The problem with too many people is that are AFRAID of some form of public health care for one stupid reason or another. Why this country can't get it together and pick the best and least expensive type of some form of health care is beyond me. Don't people, especially members of Congress AND those FOR PROFIT insurance companies really understand that even some form of primary health care IS needed? Oh, yeah, that's right the key words are FOR PROFIT. Having health insurance is akin to the so-called "diet meals" advertised....where overwieght is big bucks, so is medical care!

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. J Johnson

    The republicans are at the point in which no prudent person takes anything they say seriously. They invent stories, tell lies, twist the truth, and go out of their way to scare the ignorant. And now they're talking about an apology! Please!

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. tony ny

    way to go congressman.i am with you on this one.

    September 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Burns NH

    Sadly another Obama-bot. The cuurent health plans from the demogs
    are the most subversive thing i have heard i my life time. "change
    was understood by all folks and me as a plan to make Government
    "honest". However, as all of this has evolved is not as any of us would
    have envisioned. The game is not to better all our lives but to up
    another agenda. This I leave as food for thought. I assume you do
    really think.

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Jay T.

    Man, after Steele ripped Friedman for speaking the Truth, Republicans are ripping this guy for speaking the Truth. Nice!

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. banderson

    It is about time that a democrat finally said something back at these sorry excuse for politicians called republicans. These people seem to get away with everything and nobody ever calls them out. It's about time.

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Well, that's half the plan. The main component is to bleed a person of all their money in treatment. The GOP wants a for-profit system. The higher the costs, the better (for Wall St).

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. james s lenon

    I've yet to see any health care proposal from the GOP that doesn't substantiate the "die quickly" comment. However, since profit drives corporate health care, perhaps the comment could be better re-stated as," The GOP plan for health care is for the poor to die quickly and the insured to die as soon as their insurance carrier has reached its maximum profit from its contract with the patient.

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. American Girl

    No comments listed for Steele's take...but as far as Steele goes can anyone spell TOKEN????? All it took was for Rush to whiphim back in place and he strated screaming my name is TOBY

    Jindal will be next after his Healthcare comments...

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Andi

    A 'forced' apology is never sincere – ain't that the truth, Repubs?

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. anthony

    Awwww did the poor republicans get thier feelings hurt. Their plan is to do nothing, but to tell people to get a savings account if they get sick. To continue to allow health care costs to rise, and keep the corpocracy in place. Thier plan is "You are on your own" even when your incomes are flat or dropping and health care cost rise 11-15% per years. Where have they beem the last 8 years. Pushing nothing but savings accounts THANK!!! "die quickly" It is not any worse then saying the elected president, the one who one in a landslide, by the patriotic people of america is a an "enemy of humanity!!!!" If something happens to him, it will be blood on your hands conservatives!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Pat

    Believing that the a true free market can offer better coverage than a bumbling corrupt government makes a lot more sense than the alternative the Democrats are offering. Medicare and managed care are part of the reason for increasing costs. It is insane to trust the government to solve a problem it created.

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Matzan

    I think it is to "gangs" fighting to get there way. If you disagree with anything Obama and Dems want.. you are an uncaring racist . No I don't want to give my money to the government so they can put alcholics on disability and they can keep their habit going with my hard earned money. So I supposed that makes me a heartless republican.. fine.. The goverment can't control the programs they have in place now.. so NO I don't want their hands on my insurance. So call me whatever you like.. I am sick of working for other people that won't.

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Dar

    YES NO YES NO YES NO, Who and what kind of people have we elected to run our country. I say we fire all the cry babies and start over.
    God Bless All

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Diane

    Rep Duncan – does the term "Death Panel" sound familiar?

    September 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Gia

    Republican hypocrisy. Truth hurts.

    September 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. KLS

    How is what he said any different than what the GOP has been saying for months!!!!!

    Personally, I sick of all the hate from both sides. Fear is taking over for common sense. This kind of stuff doesn't solve anything!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. miguel

    Perhaps all you angry people should go find jobs instead of calling people names on comment boards. Then you can join the 85% of Americans who are satisfied with their health care.

    September 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. W l Jones

    Meny years years ago a Repud. doctor said he didnot want to bring an... the world so a colored family had to pay cash before he would wait on them durning a bad recession. The more thing change the more they stay the same.The poor regardless your color it still the same o same O.

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. diesel

    No Apology needed for the truth!

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Tony

    Read HR 3400, for all of you nitwits that say the Republicans have no plan. Everytime you say it you look dumber and dumber. Simple, low cost solutions. Allow Insurance companies to sell across state lines. There is your competiition and ITS FREE. Tort Reform, reduce doctors malpractice and caps ridiuclous jury settlements AND reduces defensive medicine costs. COST REDUCTIONS. Cover everyone with Medical Savings Accounts and for those who love freebies tax credits. Done deal, no need for a trillion dollars in waste and corruption, which the Dems seem to favor at every turn. NUFF SAID....

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. ursinus98

    Can we ever have a true debate on this subject instead of both sides spewing rhetoric, mistruths, and the kitchen sink in the name of 'the Party'. Vote them ALL out, no matter the party and start new. Is it a wonder why people are protesting or tea-partying? The people are tired of it.

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Jilli

    Ooooo, the repubbies don't like their secret getting out. They haven't offered any solutions, so it's just to assume that's their contention.

    Let's see how the jr. high set (republicans) deals when the tables are turned on them.

    September 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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