Accusations and metaphors fly amid Dem effort to reform healthcare

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.): “You lie!”


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “Now, that is really Orwellian. That is Orwellian.”
 

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.): “The Obama administration is trying to be, I don’t know how to put it, half-pregnant with the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical companies … They’re to some degree the source of our problem.”
 
The Rev. Jesse Jackson: “We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill from Alabama … You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”
 

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.):
“If you get sick, America, the Republican healthcare plan is this: Die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”
 
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio): “This thing [the public option] is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake.”
 
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.): “I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”
 
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.): “We’re taking public debt from 40 percent of GDP, which is tolerable but still too high, up to 80 percent of GDP, which means we’re basically on the path of a banana republic type of financial situation in this country.”