by Deb Cupples | Earlier this week, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) publicly said that congressional Republicans do not have a real health care plan other than 1) Don't get sick; and 2) If you do get sick, die quickly. (See the video here: it's less than 3 minutes).Naturally, some cry-baby Republican politicians demanded an apology. Apparently, they expect other people to man-up and sport thicker skins than said Republican politicians actually have.
Rep. Grayson did publicly apologize but not to those Republican politicians who prefer lining insurance executives' pockets over helping ordinary Americans get solid health care. Instead, Rep. Grayson apologized to the 44,000+ Americans who die each year due to lack of health insurance. (See video here: it's less than 2 minutes).
Rep. Grayson also went on a CNN news show and impressively held his own against some folks who didn't seem to agree with him. (See video here: it's about 11 minutes).Our fondness for Alan Grayson started about a year before he even ran in the 2008 election, because of the impressive job he was doing at fighting waste, fraud and abuse by federal government contractors. Vanity Fair did a great story on him in 2007.
I'm thrilled that mainstream media is finally watching Grayson, because they have largely ignored some of the most impressive stances he has taken even after he became a member of Congress.
Earlier this month, for example, Grayson concisely refuted some of the GOP's at-best-specious talking points about health care reform.In July 2009, for example, Grayson grilled Fed Chairman Ben Benanke over the government's lending of $500 billion to foreign banks -- without Congress's approval.
In April 2009, Grayson sponsored a bill calling for reasonable salaries and performance-tied bonuses for public-company executives -- instead of the current practices of allowing executives to loot the shareholder money pot while said execs drive companies into the ground.
You can see more about Grayson in the posts linked below. You could also check out the two dozen posts we've done on Grayson over the past year.
We need to watch Grayson, work to keep him in office, and work to get like-minded people to join Grayson in Congress.Related Buck Naked Politics Posts: