Freshman Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) offered a short presentation of the GOP’s idea of health reform on the House floor last night, saying that the Republican “plan” comes down to this: Americans should avoid getting sick, and if that plan fails, they should “die quickly.”
Republicans are having a tizzy, of course.
Republicans were outraged, calling it a low-blow. This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said he would give Grayson one more chance to say he was sorry about the comments.
If an apology doesn’t come, Price said he would submit a resolution to reprimand Grayson in the same way U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.Car., was formally chastised after yelling “You lie!” during a President Obama speech.
Meanwhile, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn., told The Hill that Grayson should apologize, though he said Grayson’s comment did not stack up with Wilson’s remark.
Republican Party Chief Michael Steele weighed in, too, calling it a “calculated scare tactic and smear.”
Republicans, of course, are blind to their own hypocrisy, so it is not surprising that they have forgotten that just two months ago Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida went to the well of the House and said, “Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: ‘Drop dead.’ Despite their promise to care for our seniors, Democrats have decided that it’s too expensive to care for my senior constituents and everyone else’s constituents.”
Soon afterward, Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina also wen to the well, and with cameras rolling, said that the Republican plan — which no one has seen because it doesn’t exist — unlike the Dems’ proposal, “is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.”
The difference here, of course, is that Brown-Waite and Foxx were lying, and Grayson is telling the truth. Republicans have no plan other than desperately clinging to the status quo. And right now in America 45,000 people die every year because they don’t have health insurance.
Update: Republicans have drafted a resolution condemning Grayson, but he has refused to apologize.