Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 7, 2012, 7:35 p.m. EST by ericweiss
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President Obama's speech at the Democratic Convention last night was warm, inspiring, articulate and moving. And at one point, somewhat familiar:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "This is the choice we now face. This is what the election comes down to. Over and over, we have been told by our opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way; since government can't do everything, it should do almost nothing. If you can't afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick. If a company releases toxic pollution into the air your children breathe, well, that's just the price of progress. If you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's advice and 'borrow money from your parents.' You know what? That's not who we are."
And here is a speech on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, three years ago:
ALAN GRAYSON: "The Republican healthcare plan for America: Don't get sick. That's right, don't get sick. If you have insurance, don't get sick. If you don't have insurance, don't get sick. If you're sick, don't get sick. Just don't get sick. . . . And if you get sick, America, the Republican healthcare plan is this: die quickly."
Déjà vu. You've seen it before.
We feel no small pride that three years ago, Congressman Grayson laid the foundation for one of President Obama's key points to a national audience last night. But we will feel a greater pride when:
(1) Congressman Grayson is re-elected; and (2) Every sick American, rich or poor, can see a doctor.