By JAVIER MANJARRESIf the government shuts down, is it the end of the GOP? Not likely, but that is what Congressman Alan Grayson is saying.
In an interview with liberal TV commentator Cenk Uygur, Grayson stated,” It would be the end of the Republican Party as we know it,” when asked if a shutdown occured, would the GOP be doing the Democratic Party a favor?
Grayson then went on to say:
Osama Bin Laden, in his wildest dreams, never could have dreamed of shutting down the American government, and here the Republican Party is going to do it for him. For his ghost. And for the sake of what? To make absolutely certain that sick people can’t see a doctor? It’s crazy.
Cenk Uygur: Congressman Grayson, you know, policy-wise, I’m sure you don’t want the government to shut down. It has a lot of consequences. People might not be paid their Social Security, you might not be able to pay the FBI, et cetera, et cetera. On the other hand, politically, God, wouldn’t the Republicans be doing you guys [the Democrats] an enormous favor?Congressman Alan Grayson: Yes, they would. And I think that it would be the end of the Republican Party as we know it. But let’s talk a little bit about how we’ve come to this point. What Obamacare actually does is that it extends health insurance coverage to 50 million Americans who didn’t have it before now. And in addition to that, it makes health coverage affordable by very simple things like letting buyers pool their buying power through these exchanges, and coming up with transparent form contracts for insurance, so that you can get all the coverage you think you’re getting, without becoming a master of the fine print.
Simple things like that. And [Republicans] are so far against letting poor, sick people see a doctor, that the Republican Party, many in the Republican Party, are willing to shut down the American government in order to prevent that from happening. They are so incessantly bent on seeing to it that there’s no healthcare for 50 million Americans that they willing to go that far to do it. That’s crazy. That is absolutely crazy. You know, [Congressman] Barney Frank used to have a bumper sticker that he circulated inside the [House Democratic] Caucus saying, “Democrats may not be perfect, but Republicans, they’re crazy.” And that really is crazy. Osama Bin Laden, in his wildest dreams, never could have dreamed of shutting down the American government, and here the Republican Party is going to do it for him. For his ghost. And for the sake of what? To make absolutely certain that sick people can’t see a doctor? It’s crazy.
Grayson will most likely face a tough re-election in 2014, as Jorge Bonilla, who is considered the frontrunner in the current Republican primary, is already proving to be a thorn in Grayson’s side. Bonilla is currently competing against Carol Platt of Osceola, Florida, for the GOP nomination.
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