A debate that really is a life-and-death battle

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson inflames the debate

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson hit the hornets’s nest squarely this week and then hit it again for good measure. We have a hunch he’s not about to put down his stick.

Now, Rep. Grayson faces the prospect of a bunch of ticked-off Republicans who suddenly are OK with the idea of a huge debate in Congress over Grayson’s antics, which include a rather pointed audiovisual presentation. It was a cute little stand-up routine and it spoke loudly and clearly of health reform proponents’ frustration with Republican efforts to stymie forward movement of the legislation.

Trouble is, we don’t feel a House debate over whether Grayson needs a trip to the woodshed is worth the wasted legislative hours. And we’re already tired of the coverage.

Not only that, but we were just plain irritated when opponents of health reform compared President Barack Obama to Hitler. Did we really need a reference to the Holocaust at this point?

If there’s something positive to come out of this, it’s that Grayson took the time to remind the media that up to 45,000 Americans die each year because they lack adequate health insurance – or lack any insurance at all.

The fact is, health care really is a life-or-death issue. If you don’t have health insurance, you’re more likely to die. Period.

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