Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida, 8th District) was alloted an hour on the House floor to give a speech on healthcare yesterday. He began by noting the Havard study that 44,789 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance. With a little research, he was able to comprise the numbers of how many people died in each of the Congressional district where House Republicans had voted down healthcare reform.
His speech was awesome, it was powerful, and it was nothing more than reading off statistics that he had compiled. As you can imagine, this pissed off the Republicans, who after 23-minutes demanded he yield so they could object to this factual evidence, in which he simply refused stating, “No. My time is limited, and I intend to use it.” He then continued reading. The Republicans quickly connived to waste more time by threatening a roll-call vote to have him sanctioned, but to no one’s surprise, the House staff concluded that Grayson had violated no rule. After nearly an hour of Republican stalling, Grayson was permitted to continue his speech, in which he then read real-life stories from NamesoftheDead.com.
Read Rep. Grayson’s written response to all of this Republican hooplah right here. Do read it too. It’s fantastic.
You may remember Grayson in the news a little over a month ago, when he gave a House speech where he stated, “The Republican health care plan is this: ‘Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.'” Naturally, he was criticized mercilessly by Republicans and Fox News who demanded an immediate apology, because he hurt their feelings – but as they say, the truth hurts. The next day, Grayson stood modestly before his Representative peers on the floor with a heartfelt apology: “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”
You are a true American badass, Rep. Grayson, and we here at Sickenginly Liberal endorse you for Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. If only more politicians had the cajones that you do.