October 21st, 2009
07:08 PM ET
13 years ago

'Die quickly' Dem launches Web site honoring the dead

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Alan Grayson - whose statement that Republican health care calls for the sick to "die quickly" - has launched a new Web site, namesofthedead.com, that invites users to submit stories of loved ones who have died because they lack health insurance.

"I have created this project in their memory," reads a message on the new site. "I hope that honoring them will help us end this senseless loss of American lives."

In the midst of the national health care debate, the freshman Florida Democrat rose to national prominence recently when he declared from the House floor that the Republican health care reform proposal is "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly."

The National Republican Congressional Committee slammed Grayson Wednesday over the new site.

"What is wrong with this man?" NRCC spokesman Andy Sere said in a statement e-mailed to CNN. "Alan Grayson's morbid exploitation of 'the dead' for personal political gain may be the most shameless stunt he's pulled yet."

Sere also told CNN that the NRCC believes the new Grayson site violates House ethics rule.

According to the House Ethics Manual, Members' official House Web sites may not include any personal or political information and also may not be directly linked to or refer to Web sites created or operated by a campaign or any campaign-related entity. House rules also prohibit Members' campaign Web sites from including a link to Members' official House Web sites and prohibit official House Web sites from being advertised on campaign Web sites or other campaign-related material. Grayson's new site contains links to both Grayon's official House site and his re-election campaign's site.

Filed under: Alan Grayson • Health care
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. will

    Good Job Rep. Alan Grayson !

    October 21, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. Marty, FL

    Aside from the NRCC's ironic allegations, Congressman Grayson said he was open to review. In fact, an official from the Federal Election Commission said Grayson's website complied with campaign regulations.

    October 21, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    I often thought this would be a good idea, especially if people submit video. It would give a very human face to a bunch of numbers that people hear about every day and really outline the moral issue we have with healthcare. I think it's rediculous that there are links to his campaign site, email collection and he isn't currently showing the stories that people are sending.

    October 21, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Cindy in FL

    BRAVO!! You mean somebody actually had the cajones to stand up to the Insurance Industry???!!! Wow! what a concept, how wonderful! What is that web address again?? I will sign on.. the dead who suffered @ the hands of the insurance industry need to be remembered! & furthermore DESERVE to be remembered!! EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS!! (or so God says so, and honestly I don't argue with God!) 🙂

    October 21, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Johnny DC

    Show me in the Constitution where it says that poor Americans are entitled to excellent free health care at the expense of the hard-working rich?



    October 21, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    If everyone in government cared for the American people and humanity the way Rep. Grayson does, we would live in Utopia. Unfortunately, too many worry about being reelected and/or losing their lobbyist sponsorship. The health care system badly needs retuning, and it needs to be done with a public option included. Too many people are dying and/or broke because our system sucks.

    October 21, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Matthew

    This guy is a lowlife and this is a classless way to generate publicity. A sister, brother-in-law and close friend were all cured of cancer because of the current system.

    October 21, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. Mike

    What a terrible thing to politicize.

    October 22, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    That's nice and everything, but get a Public Option.
    Rhetoric and a website won't improve anyone's health or save any lives.

    October 22, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. Gavin Marshall

    Why did NRCC spokesman Andy Sere dismiss these unfortunate souls as, "the dead", in quotes? Are they not even real people now?

    October 22, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. Rita

    I support Grayson and his pursuit to bring attention to the unfortunate and powerless in this country. This is fight for the health and welfare of our citizens not a heated debate between parties. The Republicans and now it looks like the media too; want us to continue to bury our heads in the sand and do nothing. Alan Grayson is saying what millions of American households are saying everyday. He has the guts to say it for us on the national stage. The media fails the American people everyday and now their pissed off that he has shown them up too! Government of the people, by the people , for the people and we will get health care reform at last!

    October 22, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Rick Biffle

    Perfect. We need to hear the stories of real people, not the rhetoric of lobbyists and the uninformed. Once we have a true understanding of the crisis nature of a serious illness, we will see the necessity of Congressman Grayson's efforts toward reform.

    October 22, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. cnn please post this

    You gotta be kidding me?This is the kind of guy that Obama has under him?Does he really make all you liberatards proud?This guy is just one more reason why Obama's chances of a second term have already "died quickly"

    October 22, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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