Representative Alan Grayson Takes On the Republican Healthcare Reform Plan

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson says Republican healthcare reform plan is “don’t get sick.”  Although he’s only a freshman Congressman, Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) has strong feelings on healthcare reform legislation – and he’s not afraid to make his thoughts known.  Grayson, whose central Florida swing district includes Orlando, has seen his national profile rise after he described the Republican healthcare plan as one that would require the sick to “die quickly”. Grayson went on to apologize to the dead and their families for not moving more quickly to enact healthcare reform.

Defending himself on CNN’s “The Situation Room”, Grayson told Wolf Blitzer, “What I mean is that they have got no plan.  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.”  Grayson later apologized to Congressional Republicans.

Grayson cited a Harvard University study that found that 44,000 Americans die annually because they lack healthcare insurance.  He asked for bipartisanship “to do our jobs 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.”

Calling for universal healthcare, Grayson criticized “whoever it is that’s causing the Republicans to fight tooth-and-nail against anything, absolutely anything, to have every vote come down to being 257 – 175 in the House, over and over and over again.  Those are the people who are really disserving Americans.”

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