Yesterday, Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) stood up in the House of Representatives and accurately described the Republican health care plan:
The Republicans immediately called on Rep. Grayson to apologize. Somehow, having their health care plan so accurately portrayed and so publicly displayed hurt their feelings. They likened Rep. Grayson’s remarks to Joe Wilson (R-SC) screaming out “You lie!” during a presidential address to a joint session of Congress. In their view, it is perfectly acceptable for Sarah Palin (and other Republicans) to claim that President Obama and the Democrats want to establish death panels or for Michelle Bachmann (and other Republicans) to claim that President Obama and the Republicans want to put conservatives in detention camps. Those things are fine (though blatantly and demonstrably false). But to have a Democrat (who was properly recognized and given time to speak on the floor of the House, unlike Mr. Wilson) stand up and truthfully describe their health care plan somehow warrants an apology.
Our Republicans are getting crazier by the day. They really are. It’s starting to get more than just a little scary.
Rep. Grayson did apologize today, though I am not sure it was exactly the apology the Republicans were hoping for…
The audio in that video is not the best. In case you didn’t catch it, here is Mr. Grayson’s apology:
Last night here in this chamber I gave a speech. I’m not going to recount every single thing that I said, but I will point out that immediately after that speech, several Republicans asked me to apologize.
Well, I would like to apologize. I would like to apologize to the dead. And here’s why.
According to this study, “Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults” which was published two weeks ago, 44,789 Americans die every year because they have no health insurance. That’s right, 44,789 Americans die every year, according to this Harvard study called “Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults.” You can see it by going to our website, grayson.house.gov.
That is more than ten times the number of Americans who have died in the war in Iraq. It’s more than ten times the number of Americans who died in 9/11. 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. And I mean that – read it and weep because of all these Americans who are dying because they don’t have health insurance.
Now I think we should do something about that, and the Democratic healthcare plan does do something about that. It makes healthcare affordable for those who can’t afford insurance, and it saves these peoples’ lives.
Let’s remember that we should care about people even after they’re born.
So I call upon the Democratic members of the House, I call upon the Republican members of the House, I call upon all of us to do our jobs for the sake of America – for the sake of those dying people and their families.
I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.
Thank you, Representative Grayson! (And shame, shame on you, Republicans.)