November 7th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Rep. quotes infant on House floor: 'Maddie wants patient choice'

Washington (CNN) – In the midst of a heated debate on health care legislation, Rep. John Shadegg, R-Arizona, brought the cute, bald 7-month-old daughter of his Chief of Staff to the floor and gently bounced her in his arms as he expressed his opposition to the Democratic health care reform bill.

Shadegg used Maddie to illustrate how he said the Democrats’ proposal would pass debt on to her generation.

“Maddie believes in patient choice health care,” Shadegg said. “She asked to come here today to say she doesn’t want the government to take over health care, she wants to be able to keep her plan.”

Shadegg continued as the small child began playing with the foam microphone cover: “You see, Maddie knows that if this bill passes her mom’s health care goes away and won’t be around in five years. As a matter of fact, the bill says, if the bill passes, then no more health care for her mom because it has to change.

“Maddie wants patient choice. Maddie doesn’t want her mom’s premiums to go. She doesn’t want her mom’s taxes to go up by $730 billion dollars, do you Maddie? That’s too much money.”

Shadegg then did what few if any lawmakers have done before on the floor of the house: He quoted an infant. “She believes in choices, but most of all, Maddie says, ‘Don’t tax me to pay for health care that you guys want. If you want health care, pay for it yourselves. Because it’s not fair to pass your health care bill on to me and my grandchildren.’”

When Shadegg’s time ran out and California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman reclaimed control of the microphone, he said of Maddie, “That was a remarkable child,” and of Shadegg, “and a great ventriloquist.”


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  1. Adam Colorado

    Isn't it just sweet when politicians use infants to really drive home their agenda! Watch, that baby will probably grow up to become a progressive, leftist homosexual that loves her public option health care!

    November 7, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Tina

    No disrespect...but Maddies daddie probably grosses between 200k and 1mil annualy...and can afford to pay for botique insurance with his christmas bonus. Tyrones daddy makes minimum wage...and cant get any options...and makes too much to get free hc for his family. Which family has been pushed further below the established poverty lines? Let me guess...MADDIEs?

    November 8, 2009 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
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