November 13th, 2009
11:53 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP congressman chides the 'hard right'

Inglis said 'hard-right' conservatives have told him that they are willing to let people who don't have health insurance 'die on the steps of the hospital'.
Inglis said 'hard-right' conservatives have told him that they are willing to let people who don't have health insurance 'die on the steps of the hospital'.

(CNN) – A Republican congressman with a reputation for frustrating members of his own party is now saying he's exasperated with the "hard right" element of the GOP.

South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis, who is facing a primary challenge from four Republicans, told the Greenville News on Thursday that the Reagan coalition of social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and moderate Democrats is "running on fumes." He described the struggle now going on within the Republican party as one between the "religious right" and the "hard right," and said he can't identify with the latter.

"I'm concerned about abortion," Inglis told the paper. "It's very much a concern to me. The hard right really doesn't care about abortion. They just want you, government, out of their pocketbook, by golly."

According to the paper, Inglis said "hard-right" conservatives have told him that they are willing to let people who don't have health insurance "die on the steps of the hospital" to make a point about the problem of "free riders."

"As a religious right guy, I'm thinking there was a guy named Jesus who had some things to say about these kinds of concepts," Inglis added. "And I don't want to live in a society that lets a few test cases die on the steps of the hospital. I can't go there."


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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. JimZ

    Judging from the comments submitted here and elsewhere, it is clear there is nothing Christian involved with being a neocon.

    November 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. D. Tree

    The GOP is going to keep losing elections, unless it cuts those far-right loonies loose. The bigotry and conspiracy theories are for the fringe, not for any normal voters.

    November 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Thank you, Rep. Inglis, for coming out and saying what most of us already know about "hard right" conservatives.

    It's good to hear a Republican call these scrooges out for the greedy, selfish, self-centered, "I got mine, and I don't give a rat's behind about anybody else" PIGS that they really are.

    November 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Mark S.

    a man with a conscience.... he'll be voted out in the primaries by the wingnuts..... its been nice knowing you.....

    November 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. JonDie

    "As a religious right guy, I'm thinking there was a guy named Jesus who had some things to say about these kinds of concepts," Inglis added. "And I don't want to live in a society that lets a few test cases die on the steps of the hospital. I can't go there."

    If Inglis want to be continue to serve his party, he needs to abandon his conscience.

    You cannot serve GOD and serve the GOP. The two are mutually-exclusive ideals.

    November 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Allen

    "hard-right" conservatives have told him that they are willing to let people who don't have health insurance "die on the steps of the hospital"

    Didn't Representative Grayson already tell us this? I guess he was right.

    I would just like to know the exact point at which republicans forget to be Christians? I think they have a chemical imbalance in their peabrains.

    November 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Mr. Bob

    Sadly, if he cares anything about his political future in the GOP, he'll probably be apologizing to Rush tomorrow.

    November 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Mark

    "Republicans have proposed several ideas that would actually reduce health care costs (tort reform, open competition across state lines, etc.)"
    So is the type of 'tort reform' you talk about the type that will restrict access to the courts for those at the bottom of the income ladder.

    So you have a cap of let's say 250,000 for pain and suffering. The wage earner makes 40,000 a year and is ten years from retirement. The wage earner is killed by a doctor addicted to drugs and because of this kills the wage earner. Now lets say the total amount this wage earner can recover is 750,000 of which the attorney can only recover 225,000. What will is cost the attorney to take this to court to not only recover this cost but the other two previous cases that were lost because of slot machine justice.

    Now as a wage earner you are making 125,000 this becomes an easy decision for the attorney. Is this how it all works because if it is not please explain.

    November 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Mark

    "Republicans have proposed several ideas that would actually reduce health care costs (tort reform, open competition across state lines, etc.)"

    So could someone explain to me how state tort laws work and how much on average it cost a person to sue a doctor, hospital or corporation (each of these please).

    November 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. TCM

    Funny, CNN never puts up articles about how the blue dog democrats are frustrated with the liberal loons in their party....

    November 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Zion

    Isn't it funny how Republicans knew that our healthcare system needed reforming, but yet they didn't do it. And they'll be darned if anyone else will either.

    November 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. TB

    "How many abortions did the RNC allowed in the past 18 years that Abortions were available to ALL their employees? Anyone care to answer"

    As many as they needed. The sanctimonious prolifer pols only want to stop other people from getting abortions, who in their minds, don't have a proper reason. But when they "need" one, they rush down to the clinic..in another country. That's why they opted in to the coverage.

    November 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. jj123

    Why is this a huge story, maybe because he admitted he doesnt like the far right. There are plenty of Democrats that dont like the far left.

    November 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. jj123

    James Michael Roberson November 13th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

    Mr Inglis is right the republican party is shifting to the far right of the political spectrum and these people only care about power and themselves. God help us if they ever regain control congress.
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    Just as Pelosi has pushed the Dems in congress to the far left.

    November 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. jj123

    Zepat November 13th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

    One writer wrote that Republicans are just as concerned with health care reform as are Democrats. That is simply not true, judging by the performance of elected Republicans. They have not come up with their own ideas, they have just said no to reform. They are not helping the dire situation.
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    They have actually come up with ideas but Pelosi was behind closed doors "crafting" this impending disaster. If it is going to cost that much money how come about 7% of Americans wont be covered. Also, if the bill was that good there would have been a bigger margin on the vote, they couldnt even get all the Democrats.

    November 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. TB

    "Republicans have proposed several ideas that would actually reduce health care costs (tort reform, open competition across state lines, et"

    The money spent on things you think would be recouped by tort reform is 1/2 of 1% of all $$ spent on health care. It's a decoy. The most waste is in
    the tons of paperwork, hospital infections, and fraud. The $$ lost in 1 year would pay for 10 years of the proposed bill. But guess what: even if the Dems put all the Rep ideas in the bill the Reps still wouldn't vote for it. They'd find some trumped up excuse not to. Health insurance is the only business that sets out to get rid of you once you need what you've been paying for. I'm baffled why people worry about the gov't when in insurance employee can pretty much sentence you to death with a pen. Switzerland and Japan have universal coverage and no govt involvement. Why can't we? Try asking that to a douchebagger.....see the look you get.

    November 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    And CNN, who exactly are these "hard-right conservatives?" You may notice there were no names mentioned. Nice journalism.......nice bias.

    To bad you never post stories about the "hard-left liberals"........oh, that's right. You do. You just call them "moderates."

    November 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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