September 30th, 2009
06:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Grayson remains defiant on 'die quickly' remarks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Alan Grayson finally apologized - but not to Republicans."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Under fire for his claim that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly," Rep. Alan Grayson finally apologized - but not to Republicans.

"Last night, I gave a speech, and I'm not going to recount everything I said, but after that speech, several Republicans asked me to apologize," the Florida Democrat said in a defiant speech on the House floor Wednesday. "I would like to apologize."

Grayson then pointed to a Harvard study that reported more than 44,000 Americans die yearly because they lack health insurance. "That is ten times more than the number of Americans who have died in Iraq and who died in 9/11," he said. "But that was just once. This is every single year. That's right. Every single year. Take a look at this. Read it and weep."

"I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America," he concluded.

House Republicans initially wanted to introduce a resolution condemning Grayson for breaching House decorum with his remarks on Tuesday night, but the resolution's sponsor, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, decided on Wednesday not to introduce the resolution and instead asked for Grayson to apologize to House GOP leadership.

Grayson refused to do so, and Republicans were quick to blast him for it.

"Alan Grayson not only refuses to apologize, he is doubling down on his despicable remarks and he is dragging his party with him," said Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is targeting Grayson in next year's midterm election. "This is an individual who has established a pathological pattern of unstable behavior. He is derailing the national debate on healthcare reform and embarrassing his constituents as a result.

Spain also called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "end her silence and demand an apology."

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  1. Go_Grayson

    Grayson is 100% correct and I have just now donated $50 to him. I hope others will do the same and realize that the Republican health care plan REALLY is nothing more than: 'please die quickly'. The fake outrage by the republicans is SHOCKING.... SHOCKING I TELL YOU!!!

    September 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Walter

    Way to go, Congressman!

    It's time to strike back against the blood sucking insurance executives and their Republican henchmen.

    September 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Dan

    Revolution means:

    1. The process of incompetent getting automatically eliminated.

    2. Just like in the Competitive Market, Products that are Good, will Sell.

    3. Revolution is not happening by choice, it is a happening by necessity.

    4. Obama is not making the Revolution to Happen. Obama is the end result of the Revolution. Obama was elected as the President, because of the Revolution against Bush and the incompetent GOP.

    5. Revolution is not caused by Obama, rather Obama is the result of the Revolt of the People against GOP.

    6. Obama is the Outcome of a Revolution, he is not the one who brought the Revolution.

    7. The real Revolution is yet to Come, when GOP will be Extinct and Perished.

    September 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    holocaust in America?? Sometimes I wonder if the holocaust never happened what would both sides call eachother or refer to everyday.

    September 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. gt

    as the president said " stupid is as stupid does" well grayson has gottne his 15 minutes of shame ..ops fame... what a jerk.. no wonder congress has a 5 % approval rating,,,ugh,,

    September 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Kevin Cantu

    This is too funny but you know it is kind of sad too because people are dying on a regular basis with out health insurance and no seems to really take notice until someone offends the other side with their constant rhetoric.

    September 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Tim

    He's all mixed up. He meant to say that the death squads under Obama's proposal would force seniors to die quickly.

    September 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Video Guy

    44,000 dead Americans per year is what this debate should be about.
    Mr Grayson should be commended.

    September 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    He is derailing the national debate on healthcare reform and embarrassing his constituents as a result.

    Rich stuff from a Republican! Too funny! Keep it up, Grayson, keep it up! Beat the lies right out of 'em, and embarrass them in the process! πŸ˜€

    September 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Lynda

    Grayson is right, it needed to be said and he said it Hallauyah......... at least it is the TRUTH..........what Wilson did was dissrespectful to the House and to the long as the Republicans continue to put up road blocks on Health Care they are responsible for all the people that die because they can't afford the Medical care they the GOP just lets them DIE ....... and yet they are for saving all the unborn........I don't get it.......

    September 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. wal

    That is what Democrats need .... wow that is the man!

    September 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Grayson is the typical liberal racist, always there with a vile and baseless attack.

    September 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Kellie

    That's the pot calling the kettle black. The republican's have been saying for months that dems want old people to die. Are all of them going to apologize for that?

    September 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. JS007

    Wow, it looks like Grayson hit a raw nerve. The GOP knows full well that their shilling for the insurance companies is causing a health tragedy and bankrupting the country.

    September 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. John

    I'm a member of the GOP.

    I second the notion, that the majority of the caucus supports the "die quickly" paradigm.

    The GOP Leadership can apologize to America, first.

    September 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Joe E.

    Mr. Grayson,

    Please run for the Senate in 2010! You have shown a keen understanding of the GOP and what's really important to the people of this country! You will have my vote just based on this! You are my kind of straight shooter!


    September 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Yeah, but his mistake is that the Republicans want 100% health coverage too. They just take the strategy to do it by making health care more affordable for everyone rather than just passing along the high cost of insurance to taxpayers. The Republican strategy will survive longer. The Public Option becomes a monster for future generations to bear.

    September 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Lemonton

    I want the GOP to apologize for the 10 9/11's that they Allow and defend every year ont his great land.

    September 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Merry Marta

    House Decorum???? Remember Joe Wilson??? Boy, the Republicans are outraged NOW, aren't they?

    September 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Dan

    What does Thom Friedmann from the NY Times think about this nonsense?

    September 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    I just donated to Grayson. We need all of our politicians honest like him. The side benefit is that would mean we have no republicans in office.

    Vote out Baucus, Carpenter, Blanche for sentencing their constituents to death!

    September 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Peter

    Grayson you just nailed it! you got nothing to apologize for! at least your source (study) is from a reputable world class school!. The republican and blue hyenas oops dogs source (study) they quote is from a subsidiary of United Health Insurance.

    September 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. mkn

    Well said!!!!
    The idea that this goes on year after year after year is appalling.
    Every single amercian who is opposed to reforming this poor excuse for a health insurance system because they are afraid should read this and ask themselves what kind of Amercian they really are.

    September 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    Resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

    ------------– No Good – Waste of Time – Stupid.

    Resolution condemning Joe Wilson, for saying β€œYou Lie.”

    ------------- Good – Correct – Right.

    1. It is not Ok to Yell when someone or the President is Speaking. It is against the Decorum
    2. It is Ok to speak out one’s opinion, when one has the turn to Speak. It is Ok to speak in turn, but it is not OK to Yell at others.

    September 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    Like I said earlier, you don't beat the liberals by acting like one! Let it go move on to something else! The dems own everything and still can't get this done! Please tell me again how this is the fault of the GOP! Grayson, if you are looking for the source of failure trying looking left! You're own party! Using the GOP as your scape goat is a cop out in the 1st degree! !

    September 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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