November 2nd, 2009
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GOP congresswoman says health care bill scarier than terrorism

GOP congresswoman says health care bill scarier than terrorism.
GOP congresswoman says health care bill scarier than terrorism.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican congresswoman said Monday on the House floor that she believes Americans have more to fear from the Democrats' health care bill "than we do from any terrorist right now in any country."

Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina said people in her home district tell her they are frightened of the health care bill expected to be debated by the House as soon as this week.

"I share that fear, and I believe they should be fearful," Foxx said, "And I believe the greatest fear that we all should have to our freedom comes from this room - this very room - and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill.

"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."

The Democratic National Committee immediately criticized Foxx, calling her comments "outrageous" and comparing them to Sarah Palin's previous warning about death panels in regard to a Democratic proposal for voluntary counseling on living wills and other end-of-life decisions.

"Sadly, these inexplicable comments represent what is now the mainstream of a Republican Party that has been hijacked by an extremist far right-wing faction that craves ideological purity, will purge dissent, and offer nothing but reactionary opposition to progress," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

Aaron Groen, a spokesman for Foxx, said she was speaking "off the cuff" in her comments in the House chamber.

At a later news conference, House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio responded to a question about Foxx's remarks by saying that "members are entitled to their opinions."

When pressed, Boehner shrugged, then turned to House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Indiana, and said: "This is when they get the Boehner shrug."

Pence later told CNN he had no comment on Foxx's "particular turn of phrase, but I will say, around Indiana, out around this country, people are very, very concerned about an effort to launch a new government run insurance plan."

"I think that people in Washington sometimes don't always get how concerned the American people are about borrowing and spending and the deficits," Pence said. "It is generating strong emotions. Members of Congress are not immune from those strong emotions, but I have to say that the people's House ought to resonate with what's happening in the hearts and minds of the American people."

–CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story.


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  1. green party

    Let me get this straight.....providing health care to those who do not have insurance, including many children and single mothers and low income persons.....is more terrifying than being hijacked in an airplane and threatened with death or beheading....

    I can see this lady wants the best government money can buy....

    Vote green :) :) :)

    November 2, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. lovechild

    Yes, in addition to spending our way out of any problem, I think hope and love will get us through, just look at all the love and hope and money obama loves to give and give baby! And he has done SO much his very first year!

    November 2, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Captain Nemo

    Oops, typo in my previous post: company's should be companies'.

    November 2, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Dawn, Ada, Ohio

    "Sadly, these inexplicable comments represent what is now the mainstream of a Republican Party that has been hijacked by an extremist far right-wing faction that craves ideological purity, will purge dissent, and offer nothing but reactionary opposition to progress," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

    AMEN Brad!! I was thinking this same exact thing this evening as I am listening to some whack job radio talk show host explain to the world that it starts with taking over health care and then they will look into your psychological assessments and put us all in mental health centers to rot while the evil communist democrats take over our minds. Wow they can't come up with something that actually can counteract what they oppose so they just throw crap at a wall and see if it sticks. The scary part is that some of the "crap" does stick because some people actually believe them.

    November 2, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. sarah frances

    If this woman were not so pityful, she would be laughable. Her fear word is overused and pathetic, like all the far right republicans. Any President has to have SOME cooperation to get anything done at all, and so far he has run into brick walls. Which is more important, the Party or the Country?

    November 2, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. JP

    Surprise. The republicans have no idea what they are talking about. Again.

    Tell this to all the men and women who have loved ones related to the world trade center bombings. Tell this to the people who have been affected by terrorism more than anyone else and they will see through the politics of an idiotic statement like the one Foxx made.

    November 2, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. mary ragland

    the statement that was made is outragous!!!! the republicans are so out of touch, they don't know where to drew the line between reality and facts. my point is the republicans are well trained to side with the adversaries and demand that america can be done away with by economic decay. just as assuredly as by the foreign invasion of social and econmic collapsed, the 911 should tell the republican ms. foxx that was the worst outrgous attact sinse the bombing sinse pearl harbor.as far as health care it should be welcome by all american alike ,if the alian's deside to become citizen's'they too will have healthcare insurance.it's nothing to be fearful of we as americans need to learn to look to the future for improving our way of life, instead we gripe complain, about making improvements. american democrat's want to forge ahead with a new mandate that will tell the other side of the world, ameriac is the land of opportunity!!!.

    November 2, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Drew

    why does everything have to be so scary these days? it seems like maybe politicians on both sides should probably grow a pair and stop being so terrified.

    I don't know anything about economics, but i do know that it's pretty not scary.

    November 2, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. hawkeye

    It's official: Between this congress woman's craziness and CNN's giving Rush Limbaugh on Fox time on ths page, we've simply become a country that can not and will never be able to get anything done. One year ago we elected the brightest candidate by an overwhelming majority and then immediately began to tear him down.

    We are the laughing stock of the world, and rightfully so. If this is the best we can look forward to for the next 10+ years, we truly are lost. I love this country but fear it's become chaos. Wow.

    November 2, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. fedup

    The wonderful Government will cure all of our ills because they know better than we do what we need and want, Uh huh.
    Forget the party part for a minute and look at reality. Career politicians (who get better benefits than we as tax payers EVER will) are only looking to enhance their own careers. They care little about what the people who voted them into power want.
    "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it"
    Republican AND Democrat... Get these idiots out of office and vote for term limits. The President has it, why doesn't Congress? Ever thought about that? When did politics become a career?
    Put people in office who are only there to actually HELP America and you'd be amazed at how quickly things would turn around.
    I invite you to dispute this because you can't. Career Politicians historically prove to benefit themselves; not their Constituents.

    November 2, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Puddin

    Brad Woodhouse said it real well in this piece. The Republicans are best at spreading "misinformation" just to try and stir up trouble and doubts when a good thing is not their idea. This is mean, really mean.

    November 2, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. vicki

    Why can't we have an intelligent rational discussion rather than the hysterical over-the-top nonsense that keeps coming out of the Republicans mouths? I am more convinced than ever that they truly are obstructionists and all about "no" unless it is their idea/thought/movement. Heaven help the US with this partisan garbage.

    November 2, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    I reckon it won't be long before republicans and conservatives start shooting people to "preserve democracy".

    November 2, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Ziggy Stardust

    In case all you geniuses haven't figured it out yet, Medicare is broke. The biggest problem with the healcare bill is what happens when there's no one left working (paying taxes) in the private sector to pay for it. Its not free!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. JJ

    Why is it that when I try to email Rep. Virginia Foxx that it does not go through? Does she not represent America?

    November 2, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I am having a harder and harder time choosing between the moral-less Democrats, and the self-righteous, deceptive, even at times evil Republicans.

    But I know as well as anyone out there that Indepentents certainly don't have a chance of winning ANYhing because of how the system is rigged.

    November 2, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. A concerned veteran

    From my understanding, this new bill is supporting abortions. Abortions kill an inconceivable amount of babies every single year. Abortions have terrorist beat in the number of lives destroyed. So, yes there is something to fear in this bill.

    November 2, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Peter

    This woman offends me....She should be kicked out of office.

    November 2, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Tom B

    Really? As someone who felt the shock waves in our building when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, witnessed the people jumping out of the building, and saw the first tower fall, I am deeply offended. Foxx needs to apologize.

    November 2, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. David R

    I am having a harder and harder time choosing between the self-centered, moral-less Democrats, and the self-righteous, deceptive, even at times evil Republicans. I feel like I am being stretched in two opposite directions, at the same time.

    But I know as well as anyone out there that Indepentents certainly don't have a chance of winning ANYhing because of how the system is rigged.

    November 2, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Many in this country take an oath to defend the constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. I believe this health care bill is the enemy.

    November 2, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. paul

    Holy Cow – What Galaxy did she get beamed down from?? Hard to believe this woman is from the Planet Earth.

    November 2, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Ethiokian

    Blah blah, blah blah and more blah blah, but no idea how to improve healthcare or introduce their own bill that doesn't abandon the American public yet again. Then, blah blah blah, blah blah blah, be afraid, blah blah blah, more fear, blah blah hypocrisy. No new ideas, just the old grist mill churning out dull-witted fear. Do these Republicans have any clue that they need to actually do some work up there in Washington?

    November 2, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Mike in NYC

    This may be - but probably isn't - a GOP-er who's breaking out of the neo-con mold. There's much more to fear from our own government and the extension of its power than there is from some "turrists" who see themselves as victims of unilateral, expansionist foreign policies. Hence the discomfort evinced by GOP standard-bearers like Boehner and Pence. It's similar to the reaction Ron Paul got from those types.

    November 2, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. joe800

    The republican party had their way and they showed their true colors.

    The fact that this woman is a republican from a state that ranks 7th for infant mortality, 36th in personal income, 25th for receiving federal aid, 13th for poverty level, 7th for percentage of mobile homes & 31st for college education citizens, its no wonder she's their representative. She's a perfect for the party: a welfare receiving but complaining about the inheritance tax, un-educated, no-property-tax paying, metal cave dweller..

    November 2, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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