GOP Goes After Alan Grayson's "Names of the Dead" Web Site
Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson has amended a Web site he created this week, which he says is intended to draw attention to people who die without health coverage but that Republicans complained drew too much attention to himself.
Earlier this week, Grayson created the Web site NamesOfTheDead.com, to emphasize the point that according to a Harvard study, more than 44,000 Americans die every year because they lack health insurance. The site prompts visitors to submit the names and stories of loved ones who died without insurance.
Grayson cited the same study last month, when he apologized to the dead, not Republicans, for saying in a speech that "Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."
Republicans complained that the "Names of the Dead" site violated House rules and possibly campaign finance laws because it had a link to Grayson's campaign Web site, the Associated Press reports. Grayson has now removed the link.
The Web site has had other problems, Talking Points Memo reports: Some of the "names of the dead" submitted and displayed on the site were clearly fake, such as "Wile E. Coyote," 55, of Sedona, Ariz.
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