November 2nd, 2009
07:05 PM ET
12 years ago

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. malclave

    What's the markup on the House bill? 10 years of taxes, 7 years of "coverage", over 1 trillion dollars and STILL not everyone is covered?

    And all you libs can do is attack Republicans.

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

    She is right and thank God for her insight

    November 2, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Madam, you are correct. The people who wrote this bill are the Enemy.

    November 2, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    Wow. She's not even smart enough to hide her fear-mongering behind a sublime facade. She's out there screaming Fear! Fear! Fear! Sorry, lady, that's so pathetic it's barely worth responding to.....

    November 2, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. malclave

    Aww, poor little liberals are crying because of the "scarier than terrorism" comment.

    How about the Democratic congressman comparing the GOP to the Taliban? You hypocrites don't mind that.

    November 2, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Healthcare for all

    CNN, why don't you pose the questions to all the Republicans of the House and Senate Congress who are criticising this Bill, by

    1) asking them how much they pay for health care
    2) Tell them to give up their health care for the remaining years in Congress and pay for it out of pocket so that the people that are struggling can get some health insurance.

    November 2, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. fed up

    What do I have to fear.....a trillion dollar debt on top of a debt tripled in the past 6 months by the dems, 5.5 billion cut from medicare to help defray health care costs, end of life counciling (we will need this with the medicare cut), government making my health care decisions, surcharges on medical implements like pacemakers and joint replacements and with this bill, the government will own 40% of our economy? Guess what, this is all contained in that bill! The dems say the wealthy will pay more taxes to defray costs. Guess they did not believe Warren Buffet when he said he paid less taxes than his assistant. The wealthy hire people to legally defray taxes. This won't change. What am I missing or should I just put my head in the sand and believe what the dems preach? The governments job is not to provide for us but then our forefathers had different beliefs from the "gimme" citizens who now reside in this country. I want health care reform....this is not reform but government takeover.

    November 2, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Now which party was it that wasn't taking terrorism seriously???

    The only freedom being taken away from you is the freedom to be gouged by insurance company middlemen who have been making a killing by denying care, canceling policies, or at best doing healthcare on the cheap.

    November 2, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. James

    What's especially funny is those who berate alleged right-wing extremists as ignorant and stupid because they oppose government run health care, but in doing so offer nothing of substance in support of the bill. Pot meet kettle.

    November 2, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Jeremy

    I agree with her. I have never seen a terrorist in my life. Yet, I can bet on what is left of my wages (after I am taxed) and my savings being devalued daily by the actions of our government.

    It's tough to argue against those in favor of government run health care when they claim the moral high ground, and when they are too lazy to study up on economics 101.

    Half truths are just easier for some people.

    November 2, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Dan

    More news. less bias please? Feels as if this blurb's lack of useful info or cogent message would be too much if not for Pence's summary tacked on at the end. Poorly veiled political leanings given the headline shouts "GOP" and "terrorism," the first sentence generically ID's the speaker as a "Republican congresswoman," and that subject's name is not even mentioned until the 2nd sentence...

    November 2, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Bob

    Websters Dictionary Definition of IDIOT: small-minded virginia foxx.
    Who are the hacks in North Carolina that vote these people into office? and Why does CNN continue to give people like her a forum? Leave the garbage for the Fox network to report on.

    November 2, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. adam

    that's a great inside congresswoman, where did you get that opinion from – FOX "NEWS"? it's mind bending that this excuse for lawmaker gets paid from our pockets!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Smoov

    Sooo let me get this straight. Some of the same cats who have FREE taxpayer funded healthcare for the rest of their lives, push to deny the very same taxpayers the same type of healtcare? THAT'S SCARY how anyone can be so SELFISH and HYPOCRITICAL.

    If she's really THAT SCARED of the proposed healthcare reform, then pass a law to give me the same healthcare she has. Until THAT happens, it would be best to maintain a low profile instead fo displaying her TRUE contempt for tax payers, for voters, for America.

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. babs

    Most of you people are in such denial! READ the bill! Dems are lying to you. You will find many hidden taxes and resrtictions on your insurance companies you enjoy now that will soon have to give you the boot! The we can all enjoy being put on government run health care! That's scary!

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. from the middle

    This woman's rhetoric is wrong on so many levels. The first being that she has not a clue about the intentions of terrorists. I'm curious why anyone would vote for this goofy windbag in the first place. The real problem is that now she's been given some media exposure, she will never shut up or temper her remarks. Who hoisted this Frankenstein monster on us? & how will we ever get it back to the lab?

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. liz

    Everything is scary to these small fearful people. I'd like to see every republican who's screaming about the 'scariness' of a public option sign a pledge to relinquish their right to medicare when they turn 65. But we know they won't because they are raging hypocrites! the republican party should be declared a terrorist organization!

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Rosebud

    She's an NC (Nut Case). Believe me, I know... as a former Tar Heel.

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Randall Pegram

    The only scary thing is the fact that someone like this can actually get herself elected!!!! Another winner from the folks that brought you Jesse Helms!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Splat!~

    Foxx, sometimes a name says it all!~

    November 2, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. al in NC

    A recent poll done in NC by Elon University showed 54.1% of respondents in favor of a public option, 37.9% opposed. Of course, this may be affected by the increase in uninsured respondents – an increase of over 10% since 2008. Maybe Ms. Foxx is listening to the wrong people (her Foxx news staff) or she lives in a part of the state that has no unemployment, every employer offers health insurance, and their rates are affordable.

    November 2, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Jorge

    I asked a republican friend of mine that was going crazy over the heatlh care bill and the cap and trade bill to explain the bills to me. When she couldnt, I asked her then how she could verify her opinion about them...she told me FOX news didnt like them so she figured as a Republican she shouldnt.

    Can we all turn off our TVs for a month and calm down.

    November 2, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. E

    Oh well, if it is compared to terrorism it MUST be true!

    You know what is scary the complete lack of any shame in being in the pockets of companies who profit from killing people.

    November 2, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. quarterback

    This woman is a traitor for this comparison.

    Who are the idiots that elected her?

    This talk is exactly what the terrorists want.

    Divide from within. Thanks idiot.

    November 2, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Jason

    Hmmm.... Her name is FOX.

    November 2, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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