Grayson on Coburn’s “Die Sooner” Comment
On the radio show tonight, Rep. Alan Grayson (right) responded to comparisons between his “die quickly” comment and Sen. Tom Coburn’s statement yesterday that “what [health care reform] is gonna do for our seniors, I have a message for you – you’re gonna die sooner.”
GRAYSON: Well I mean look, I don’t think that there’s any valid comparison there. There’s no valid comparison unless lies are now the same as truth. I – what I said was the truth. I mean, I had a Harvard study to back me up. And everybody knows the Republicans haven’t any plan for health care. They still don’t have a plan for health care. And the point I was making, what I specifically said, is that the Republican plan for health care is Don’t Get Sick. It was to make the point that they don’t have a plan for people. And we do have 44,789 people in this country who die every year because they don’t have health insurance according to a Harvard study that was published in a peer-reviewed journal.
COLMES: And what do you say to a guy like…
GRAYSON: So that’s the basis for what I was saying. And the basis for what he’s saying is delusion. There’s nothing in the Democrats’ health care bill that would put any senior at risk at all. So I – I know that people have been drawn to this idea that there is somehow this moral equivalence between what I said and what Senator Coburn said, but I think that’s ridiculous. We have really lost our moorings when something that I said – which is to make the point, the truthful point that Republicans have no way to solve the problems that are presented by forty million Americans having no health care access – to say that that’s equivalent to his kind of delusional, fabricated scare tactics is silly.