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. NB

    By the way people, a public option is just that, an option, not a government takeover! Republicans like to throw around words and ideas they know nothing about!

    November 2, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Mace

    If they (the Republican minority) are afraid of the current bill, maybe they would be more accepting of a completely novel and capitalist idea: return the healthcare industry to fee for service. If you don't lower your prices to compete, no one will buy your product. Then the business side of medicine would lie with the providers and hospitals as opposed to the multibillion dollar insurance industry.

    November 2, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Bpin

    This has nothing to do with politics. Everybody wants health care reform. We simply cannot afford a piblic option. Congress should move to eliminate all the waste first, then build a surplus for a public option. We just cannot afford to go further in debt, and regardless of what some are saying, a public option must be paid for. American's are already overtaxed, and you can rest assured that if a public option is approved there will be a tax increase on the middle class to pay for it. Do like I have to do. Save the money, then get what you want.

    November 2, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Louie, Long Island, NY

    Critizism is easy, but what does she have a better solution to propose. Let hear what she has to offer. If she doesn't have something constructive that address the needs of the 45 million people that are in need of health care. She should put her brain in gear before she put her mouth into shift, or is this just a hit and run tactic to try stare us. Trick o treat was Saturday and it over!

    November 2, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Pittsburgh

    Isn't it amazing that Fox News isn't covering this story?!? But they are DEFINITELY fair and balanced... LOL

    If a Democrat said this, there would be an immediate call for an apology and they would be called "terroristic" and "unamerican", Fox News and all right wing blogs would be all over it for weeks, and Bill O'Reilly would send out one of his cronies to stalk the congressman/woman.

    November 2, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. MARK

    The dems are so wrong on this issue. The health care bill will ruin this nation....WE CANNOT AFFORD ANYMORE RECKLESS SPENDING BY THE OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS.

    November 2, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. bmw

    These crazy neocons keep trying to grab headlines with their sensationalist fearmongering. I guess it keeps those campaign donations coming in from the insurance industry.

    The Republicans trashed the economy and America's international reputation during Bush's eight years of infamy. They provided NO solutions to the health insurance mess, investment fraud, climate change, pollution, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea. They have NO room to criticize and NO credibility when they do.

    November 2, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. hampster

    These republicans are really upset since the famous words; DENIED, RECINDED, CANCELED have been removed from health care. They would like to return to a system where those Americans who get sick should ; 'DIE QUICKLY'. This will save the health care corporations lots of money and the CEOs will get their multi million dollar salaries and mega million dollar bonuses!!!

    November 2, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    She's Right, just as Sarah Palin was right. The Cost of insurance will go up sharply and waiting lines will be the norm.

    November 2, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. kill the commies

    im all for healythcare reform if its done right but this godzilla bill which promises medicare cuts to finance it is just saying the elderly are disposable...but if you dont cut medicare then the deficit grows more money is printed and possible stagflation comes into play...why does reform cost 1 trillion plus...if the right regulations are played then prices could be forced down but these control freak big spenders of other peoples money are outta control and need to feel the wrath of conservatives

    November 2, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. SteveO

    Who are these people who freak out every time someone tries to do something? Who come up with doomsday hypothetical scenarios? Want to fix heath care? Legalize it. Then maybe a few of them will relax to a point where we can get something done.

    November 2, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Nija

    She will make a good wife for Dick Cheney.

    November 2, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. mario mtl ca

    what a fool

    November 2, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Truth in advertising

    Does bankrupting this country scare you? it should.
    Do tricks and slight of hand to steal your childrens future scare you? It should.
    Do These hastily concocted programs brewed up behind closed doors in the wee hours of the night scare you??? They should.

    Why are we rushing this through during the worst recession in history?
    Why take away the insurance from 85% of the people who are happy with their plan so we can give more welfare out to the 14 million people who are presently uninsured.
    There are too many questions in a 1900 page screw job to the middle class. YES YOU SCHOULD BE SCARED

    November 2, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. well...

    Looks to me like the CCCR (critically conservative christian right) just may be the american taliban.

    Majority rules. If you have a problem with that... get out and vote during your election.

    November 2, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Gpenn

    Scare Scare Scare Fear Fear Fear. Is that all the GOP has? It's getting old and worn out. And where is that GOP healthcare plan?

    November 2, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. Wanda

    this woman should be ashamed. what is her solution ? oh let me guess......NOTHING !

    November 2, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. JonDie

    What a moron!

    Getting health insurance for the 45 million uninsured Americans, helping people who get laid off keep their insurance, helping people who change jobs keep their coverage for pre-existing conditions iand controlling the skyrocketing cost of hospitalization and drugs is "scarier then terrorism."

    No wonder the Taliban is kicking our buttocks.

    November 2, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Apparently, the woman has never looked in a mirror. Now your talking scarry.

    November 2, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. What a joke!

    I would like to see Rep. Foxx explain the logic behind her comments that we have more to fear from a domestic health-care reform bill, then we do from terrorist attacks, to those families who lost loved ones on 9/11. I don't think that conversation would be well received.

    November 2, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Tina

    Create more jobs - that fixes the health care problems. The more jobs, the more employed Citizens of this country getting benefits. Plus, this bill is abusely defined by Democrats to include health care benefits for abortion and illegal aliens. Come on, Democrats. Think of the citizens of this country before illegal aliens.

    How can you trust the Democrats and the government when the stimulus bill that they forcely and expeditiously implemented is not working. Look at California for example, since they avail the stimulus the problem is getting worst along with the other state that took the stimulus bill.

    The power of this country is from the hardworking individuals not from Government officials nor from people that believes in entitlement.

    November 2, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Yet again, Republican bloggers give a pass on rediculous claims from Republican politicians, yet somehow Congressman Grayson was outlandish for saying that the GOP's health care plan is "hurry up and die."

    This is called Republicans bahaving like unruly teenagers that don't know what's good for them.

    November 2, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. dentalleagulservise4higher

    I can't tell who's worst: Get Over on ya Politician (GOP), Recalligains, or Berther's. Americans, please check out the documentary "SICKO". It disgust me how conservatives here in America would rather have great health to themselves and not be willing help other fellow Americans have the same. Instead they rather fill their pockets with American tax payers money and kick US to the curb. WE NEED CHANGE.

    November 2, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    all the democrates and obama want nothing better for the people to bow to them and make obama the savior, but some of us have already realized that the democrates and obama are the nazis and the new hitler.

    November 2, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Suzan

    When Republican have no answer to the Health Care Plan or any better ideas for any of the issues we are facing they try to SCARE US......put fear out there......This woman is scarier even more so than Sarah Palin........they sure like to use the word TERRORIST........what is scary is these old white men and women in the GOP......they are like the Germans during WW11 ...... purists......white supremist.........if you ain't a white protestant than you aren't Republican....that's the values they go by (your skin color better be white and your religion only protestant) you can't be Jewish, Catholic, Black, Hispanic, or any other religion or race.

    November 2, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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