After watching his family murdered by Boss Zucco, then standing faithfully by the side of his guardian Bruce Wayne as they together battled the forces of darkness and kept the good people of Gotham City safe, one would think that Alan Grayson…
Wait, that was Dick Grayson.
Well, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) demonstrated some guts of his own over the past few days. While he wasn’t battling The Penguin, what with Dick Cheney being out of office and all, he did take on the Republicans with the Batarang of knowledge and the knockout gas of truth – in this case, also known as a Harvard study.
Grayson, if you haven’t heard, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday night and accused the Republican health reform plan of consisting of three parts: “Don’t Get Sick,” “And if you do,” “Die quickly.”
The GOP demanded an apology, and Grayson delivered one… to the Americans who died before health insurance reform could be passed, in what he called a “holocaust.” Now, The National Razor doesn’t usually go in for that sort of rhetoric from either side of the aisle, but given how lackadaisically so many GOP and Democratic members of Congress are treating the health care crisis in this country, it’s about time someone gave his colleagues an earnest and timely kick in the rear. It especially helps when he’s backed up by a Harvard study, published in the American Journal of Public Health two weeks ago, which shows that nearly 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack medical insurance. That, incidentally, is more than die from kidney disease.
Here are the videos of the first speech and the subsequent remarks on the floor:
Here is video of Grayson explaining his remarks on CNN, featuring the inimitable Ragin’ Cajun himself, James Carville.