I am Congressman Alan Grayson, representing Florida’s 9th District. AMA
I’m Alan Grayson, and I represent Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Ask Me Anything.
Some of you may know me from my September 2009 speech on health care reform. I explained that the Republican health care plan amounted to, "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” What you may not know is that Aaron Swartz was an intern in my office, and someone whom I admired. I spoke at his memorial, and am glad to have a chance to share thoughts with the community he co-founded.
Yesterday, President Obama released a budget that included the chained CPI, which cuts the cost-of-living adjustment for seniors on Social Security. I have said this many times before, but I will say it again now: I will not support any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. Over the past month, more than two million of you have signed on to our No Cuts petition, saying the same thing. As of today, over 30 Members of Congress have co-signed our letter to President Obama pledging to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.
Right now, I am stepping into a House Democratic Caucus meeting on chained CPI cuts. When I return at 4PM, I look forward to answering your questions.
I just returned from my meeting. I will now begin answering your questions.
UPDATE: Well, we ALMOST answered all the questions -- a half-hour of "overtime" helped. But now I need to go. Thank you for giving me lots of things to think about. I had a great time, here -- which means that I look forward to doing it again.