Alan Grayson: Die Quickly comment
Alan Grayson pulled no punches. However he is pretty darn accurate in what the effect of following Republican policies is all about. It upset Republicans. Many thought it was over the top.
Republicans think they've found their Joe "you lie!" Wilson: Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat of Florida.
Tuesday night, Grayson suggested that the Republican health care plan is that Americans should not get sick. And if they do, he said, Republicans want them to "die quickly."
Using placards to underline his point, Grayson said Republicans understand that a health care plan based on not getting sick "isn't always going to work," so they "have a backup plan in case you do get sick."
"If you get sick in America, this is what the Republicans want you to do: If you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly," he said. "That's right, the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."
Freshman U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson refused to back down Wednesday from remarks made on the House floor the night before, in which he said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."
In fact, Grayson, a Democrat who represents a central Florida swing district that includes Orlando, made another floor speech in which he apologized to the dead and their families for not acting sooner on health care reform. He then defended both speeches on CNN's "The Situation Room."
"What I mean is they have got no plan," Grayson told Wolf Blitzer. "It's been 24 hours since I said that. Where is the Republican plan? We're all waiting to see something that will take care of the pre-existing conditions, to take care of the 40 million Americans who have no coverage at all.
"That's what I meant when I said that the Republican plan is don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."
Republicans pounced on Grayson's late-night speech and demanded an apology.
We need more Congresspersons like Alan Grayson. We need more politicians with spines