November 2nd, 2009
07:05 PM ET
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GOP congresswoman says health care bill scarier than terrorism

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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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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. EDDIE

    WOW ,The GOP and fear.Is that all they know

    November 2, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Dave

    When you take monetary loss over many years of mismanagement by the government, and you put the risk to the national interest based on this deficit and spending, in these pure economical terms it is scarier!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Virginia Foxx's congressional district in N.C. can not be made up of many intelligent people. How this hag gets elected by spewing fear and lies would be beyond normal comprehension.

    November 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. jerry

    My God !!! Someone who really understands the Obama health care debacle!

    November 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Kobie

    Politics of fear must cease for the good of this country. We need solutions, not fear. Present a strong argument, and the majority will listen. Americans are beginning to tune out politics of fear.

    November 2, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Don

    Her comments are just another example of how low the Republican party has fallen.
    This type of talk is typical of the far-right extremists who have taken over the party. It is a sad commentary on American politics. Where are the moderate Republicans who will speak for the majority of the party, not these fringe nuts who believe only people who think as they do are real Republicans? Well, lady, you do not speak for me.

    November 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    This stupidity is coming from a person with government health care, and wants to make sure there is no reform.

    November 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Enough Already

    If the thought of government run health care is so frightening, perhaps Ms. Fox would be willing to give up her government run health care plan.

    Fear and smear, that's the GOP way...

    November 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Actually we have more to fear from the likes of Brad Woodhouse who cant be honest. The passage of health care reform will be the downfall of this economy and possible the country.

    November 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    I think everyone has flushed things down the toilet that are more intelligent than Rep. Foxx.

    November 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Bonji

    Some people, especially those in politics, will say anything to get a reaction.

    November 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Rita

    Virginia Foxx of North Carolina represents the kind of ignorant people like her who can't think for themselves and can only regurgitate what the nut heads of GOP feed them. If we don't educate the next generation to have some smarter people who can think, we are going to be the Haiti of North America.

    November 2, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Zach

    Between her intensely anti-gay statements and "off the cuff" comments like this, how does Rep. Foxx keep getting re-elected? What a shame.

    November 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Larry

    What is really scary is that politics of fear still work!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. PacificView

    Her comments are not informative. Let's debate an issue for a change.

    November 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. File under "Sarcasm"

    The DNC can claim that talk of "death panels" is "outrageous" but if they picked up last Sunday's Chicago Tribune they would have read an article by a young doctor favoring healthcare rationing who stated:

    "How much more would we benefit from this young man's treatment than from the critical care supplied in the last month of a demented 90-year-old's existence."

    Sure sounds like a liberal or, dare I saw it, a socialist rationalizing why we should pull the plug on grandma and spend the savings on someone more valuable to society. Why, he could be a future Nobel Prize winner like President Obama.

    November 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. ender

    This woman is disgusting.

    November 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. WoW

    Liberals, you need to relax. It isn't instilling fear in you. It's trying to get you to realize how wrong this bill is. It's the government's way of trying to take over EVERYTHING. It has nothing to do with improving the healthcare of some individuals. Do your own research and check it out.

    November 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. They call me "tater salad"

    Now the GOP are "concerned" with borrowing, spending, and deficits? Give me a break!!! Not ONE of these crooks had much "concern" about their boy Bush BORROWING, SPENDING, and racking up a DEFICIT larger than any other President in the history of The United States of America to fund a war effort based on lies and fabrications!!!!! GET LOST LOSERS!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. terry,va

    The bill is terrorism...domestic terrorism that it. Between Obummie's stimulus bill, health care bill and the cap and trade bill, we will financially destroy ourselves.

    November 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    They're trying to steal your grandmother's Medicare.

    November 2, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. John in WV

    A republican insisting on being part of the problem as opposed to the solution. What else is new?

    November 2, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. A San Francisco non-believer

    This "congresswoman" is nothing more than a lying, ignorant traitor.

    November 2, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. bob in LA

    More scare tactics! she is probably a "Birther" as well. What is she basing the commentson other than polictical rhetoric?
    If there were facts to back up the comment, then use them and stop the nonsense that has become Republican policy.
    When she gives up her congressional insurance and lives like the rest fo us, I'll put some faith in her statements.
    These nay-sayers are like union bosses that yell STRIKE, but then go home with there 6 figure salaries paid for on the backs of the members.

    November 2, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. usualone

    The comments by this woman are ridiculous. It only shows the insensitivity of Republicans. I find it hard to respect anyone in the Rep. Party when they send out divisive comments. I hope those who had faced 9-11 losing their family and friends speak out about the absolute craziness of this type of speech.

    November 2, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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