Rep. Alan Grayson is not backing down. The Florida Democrat who delivered the floor speech mocking Republican health care "reform" and advised people not get sick and "die quickly", did give the Republican outrage machine an "apology." It was not the one they were looking for.
The congressman said: "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."
He then defended both speeches on CNN's The Situation Room: "I'm saying what everyone is thinking. I'm not going to apologize. The Republicans should apologize to America." Grayson said "Democrats have to have guts" and called the obstructionist Republicans "knuckle-dragging neanderthals.
Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger were clutching their pearls. In their hermetically sealed post partisan myopia, they really really believe Republicans want health care insurance.
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