Yesterday, Alan Grayson (D-Fla) said that the Republican health care plan was “1. Don’t get sick. 2. If you do get sick… 3. Die quickly!” Here’s the video (short, and pretty funny):
Republicans immediately demanded an apology from him. So today, Grayson apologized:
As Act Blue says, it probably was not the apology they were expecting.
UPDATE: Patrick McHenry (R-NC) called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to officially rebuke Grayson, and Tom Price (R-GA) said he was going to introduce a resolution reprimanding Grayson and even took to the House floor demanding an apology for saying that Republicans want people to die. Of course, this is stunningly hypocritical, given all the Republican noise about “death panels”, and repeated accusations thrown at the Democrats about killing seniors. For example, Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla) saying on the House floor “Last week Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: Drop dead.”
UPDATE 2: Now Grayson is being attacked for using the word “holocaust”. Grayson said “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”
My dictionary defines “holocaust” as “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale”. For example “nuclear holocaust”. It goes on to define the specific slaughter of Jews, Gypsies, and other groups by the Germans in WWII as “The Holocaust”. Note that the text of Grayson’s statement used “holocaust” with a lowercase h, not “The Holocaust” with caps.
So what’s the problem? Grayson was clearly using the word properly — I think 44,000 people dying every year counts as a holocaust.
UPDATE 3: An enjoyable rant about all this from The Rude Pundit.