Grayson Calls Level of Uninsured a “holocaust”


By: Jessica Weinstein and Chad Pergram, Fox News Channel

He’s back in the hot seat again.


Tuesday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) warned that the Republican health care plan was to “die quickly.”


On Wednesday, Grayson riled up Republicans again, likening the lack of health care reform to a “holocaust in America.”


Republicans howled and threatened to try to sanction Grayson for his comments on Tuesday. This mirrored efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) after he shouted “You lie!” at President Obama during a Joint Session of Congress.


On Wednesday, Grayson refused to apologize.


“Because I said the truth,” Grayson noted in an interview with FOX News.


But the Florida Democrat did apologize. At least in one context. Grayson again took to the floor after speaking with FOX.


“I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.” 


Republicans again opened fire on Grayson.


“This is an individual who has established a pathological pattern of unstable behavior,” said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “Alan Grayson not only refuses to apologize, but he is doubling down on his despicable remarks and he is dragging his party down with him.”


Grayson said that’s the kind of response he expects from the GOP.


“They simply attack me. Which means they’ve got nothing,” he said.


And Grayson was more than willing to challenge Republicans.


“I think that the Democrats are sick and tired of being kicked around with death panels. We’re sick of it. They have nothing to offer (on health care) themselves,” Grayson said.


Earlier Wednesday, the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. John Larson (D-CT) said he didn’t think the House should punish Grayson in the same fashion that it penalized Wilson. Larson pointed out that Wilson broke a rule of the House which prohibits lawmakers from accusing the president of “lying” or being a “liar.”


“I wouldn’t have used the words Mr. Grayson has,” Larson said. “But I would encourage Alan to apologize.”


Grayson later disputed the context Larson was using to call for an apology.


In addition, Larson mentioned three House Republicans by name whom he thought had recently made comments that were similar to Grayson’s remarks. And Larson insinuated that those lawmakers should not be penalized either.


- FOX News’s Sarah Courtney contributed to this report.