Rep. Alan Grayson, a freshman Democratic congressman from Florida, is being pummeled by Republicans for criticizing them for the effects of their failure to contribute anything of note toward reforming our broken health care system. Remember, it’s been months since Roy Blunt missed his own deadline for submitting a detailed proposal for a Republican version of health care reform. And since Rep. Grayson mentioned the costs of that failure, i.e. people dying, the GOP is howling for an apology.
Well, here it is:
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.
UPDATE: Rep. Grayson now has a post up on Daily Kos. Go read it.