Tough Progressive House Member Alan Grayson Gives GOPers a Taste of Their Own Medicine

"I don’t think the Democrats need to be on defense," Rep. Grayson said. "I think we should be on the offense and not the defense, and that’s where I plan to stay."

Yesterday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said the Republican health care plan is “don’t get sick,” and if you do get sick, “die quickly.” After offering those facetious and sadly accurate remarks, Grayson came under criticism from Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who demanded that Grayson apologize on the House floor. Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Grayson said, “Yes, it was tongue-in-cheek. I’m surprised I have to explain that, but that’s the way it goes these days.” He added that he’s “not taking any of it back” and will “stand by what I said.” When asked if he would apologize, Grayson offered this response:

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“I would like to apologize,” he said. “I would like to apologize to the dead.”



Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of and The Progress Report.