Earlier this week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), one of the Senate’s most stalwart obstructionists, made a wild claim on the Senate floor intended to scare seniors. He told them that if the Senate health care bill passes, they’re “going to die soon.” Many in the media were quick to compare Coburn’s wild claim with the comments made by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who noted that the GOP’s health care plan — which would either maintain or worsen the status quo — amounts to telling people “don’t get sick, and if you do get sick…die quickly.”
On the Alan Colmes radio show yesterday, Grayson responded to people comparing his comments to Coburn’s. He told Colmes that the “basis for what [Coburn] is saying is delusion”:
GRAYSON: There’s no valid comparison unless lies are now the same as truth. … I mean, I had a Harvard study to back me up. And everybody knows the Republicans haven’t any plan for health care. They still don’t have a plan for health care. …. And the basis for what he’s saying is delusion. There’s nothing in the Democrats’ health care bill that would put any senior at risk at all. So I — I know that people have been drawn to this idea that there is somehow this moral equivalence between what I said and what Senator Coburn said, but I think that’s ridiculous.
Listen to it:
While Coburn continues to make the ridiculous claim that seniors will die if the Senate passes its health care bill, Americans continue to perish simply because they don’t have health care. As the Harvard study that Grayson cites concludes, nearly 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack proper access to health care.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) disagreed with Coburn’s comments but said that “it’s OK for him to make that statement.”