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President Obama Echoes Alan Grayson's Infamous "Die Quickly" Remarks

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Last week, President Barack Obama took the podium and proceeded to echo Congressman Alan Grayson’s divisive “die quickly” remarks, when he repeatedly suggested that Republicans want 30 million people to remain uninsured.

“Now, I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail. Their number-one priority. The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care; and presumably, repealing all those benefits I just mentioned — kids staying on their parents’ plan, seniors getting discounts on their prescription drugs, I guess a return to lifetime limits on insurance, people with pre-existing conditions continuing to be blocked from being able to get health insurance.”  -President Barack Obama, 8/9/2013

It is one thing for a House freshman backbencher to lob a rhetorical bomb (like the infamous “die quickly” blast) in the name of building MSNBC credibility, as Alan Grayson infamously did in 2009. However, such outrageous remarks can only add to the partisan rancor that President Obama is so fond of denouncing, and are outrageously beneath the Office of the President of the United States.

In addition, these remarks are totally devoid of any factual basis. If the Republican plan were to leave 30 million people uninsured as president Obama claims, then the easiest way to accomplish that would be to support full and immediate implementation of Obamacare. Per the Congressional Budget Office, 29-30 million people will remain uninsured for the foreseeable future. If the CBO arrived at these figures the same way they calculated Obamacare’s effects on the deficit, then the numbers of uninsured are probably much, much higher. (Source

President Obama’s remarks reveal a glaring inability to lead at a crucial time when the country is starving for serious leadership. Recent statements by senior Democrats have proven Obamacare skeptics to be right all along, on IPAB as a rationing board (Gov. Howard Dean), on Obamacare as a springboard to a single-payer system (Sen. Harry Reid), and on the political timing of implementation (Rep. James Clyburn).

For the sake of our children and seniors, we must do everything in our power to stop this job-killing disaster from being fully implemented. 

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Jorge Bonilla is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

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  • G Speed

    Pretty much the whole thing is about you having to buy insurance and little to do with heath. Oh yeah and govt jobs–

  • lowie

    You ain’t seen nothing yet! When the masses sees how destructive this law is, all hell will break loose. I am in my senior years and for anyone older than 75 needing an life saving operation, forget it. The rationing board will see to it that you are provided with care to keep you comfortable until you die. The goal is for a system that is heavily subsidized from earned money. So if you have an income, you will pay dearly to care for those who cannot care for themselves. Electing the liberal party for so many years has taken it’s toll on the most educated and the people who get up every morning and go to work.

    • jjk

      You’re right, lowie. And as the baby boomers continue to retire, they are going to scream Holy Hell when they’re denied life-saving procedures. The young, those with jobs, will also scream because the burden of the health care scheme will fall on them. I foresee the next war–one on the elderly. Progressives will tell young working people that they could have a better life if they didn’t need to support all the old folks. Isn’t this a perfect way to gain support for euthanasia of the elderly?

  • Cat

    “Insurance” is NOT healthcare. You will get only what the government DEATH Panels say you will get. People need to stop falling for this garbage that spews from BHO’s mouth .. unfortunately decades of union public school control has taken critical thinking out of the equation.