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. Tom B

    Does she actually consider a tax increase the same as being murdered in a terrorist attack? Would she like to express her comments to soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq?

    Perhaps a public apology from Foxx is in order.

    November 2, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Lil Dubya

    GOP agenda:
    Be very afraid of (INSERT ISSUE HERE)!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. True American

    I guess that we've all been prone to view, read and judge. Why not investigate the facts and try to make a good judgement. Instead of coming here or any other website and judge based upon other's research? Isn't that how our media has tried to bias us? As has the party system? A system of thought based argument is lost today. It's reading and believing...immediately.

    November 2, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Ethiokian

    The Republicans keep saying they're concerned about spending. How come they spent our children's future wealth into two wars (one unnecessary) and frittered away our wealth in spending that was unabated during their majority leadership? They are the worst hypocrites I have ever witnessed to exist. Same old lame ideas, same old lame excuses, same old dragging of the heels and go-nowhere political ploys as always. Obstructionists, dull-witted, shrugging idiots!!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. joe800

    The republican party had their way and they showed their true colors.

    The fact that this woman is a republican from a state that ranks 7th for infant mortality, 36th in personal income, 25th for receiving federal aid, 13th for poverty level, 7th for percentage of mobile homes & 31st for college educated citizens, its no wonder she's their representative. She's perfect for the party: a welfare receiving but complaining about the inheritance tax, un-educated, no-property-tax paying, metal cave dweller..

    November 2, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. jmz

    could any of these people critisizing this lady actually tell me whats in the bill??? no have to explain it to me....i didnt think so. Its funny how all these people critisizing this woman prob ahv absolutly no clue about whats it it.. The democratic party has turned into a bunch of winey self entitled bums with their hands out. you critisize repubs for" spewing hate" well all the looney dems and libs can d is spew the same fluffy no substance mantra. The people who voted for Obama are mindless koolaiders who want to be opressed to feel special. They are just as bad as repubs, if not worse. and they are so desperate to give their empty suite some presidential street cred, they will give him awards he dont deserve and pass bills they do not read and make no sense.


    November 2, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Dee, 1 Vote

    Rep Foxx, NC, you are the GOP Wicked Wich of House!

    November 2, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Sally

    I agree 100%. She is completely right; average Americans are scared to death of this bill, and I'm one of them. We can't afford it, I'd rather be able to choose my own doctors, and the idea of Dr. Pelosi scares the living heck out of me.

    November 2, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Juana Perez

    When are we going to find a solution for health care ?

    November 2, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Juana Perez

    So sad, when are we going to find a solution for heath care?

    November 2, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. tonyt

    GOP congresswoman says health care bill scarier than terrorism
    HOW DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The GOP Sat Back All These Months, And Still Don't Have A Counter
    Health Plan. They Have Ideas, Everyone Have Idea's.

    Why Haven't There Idea's blossomed Into A Plan? What Were They Waiting For? The Dems Plan I Quess!

    November 2, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. good riddance

    "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.

    ...If progress is bankrupting the nation, then I wholeheartedly embrace the opposition. While her comments were over the top, this IS a scary, i mean bill. When the government does go bankrupt, if this passes, can we bail ourselves out?

    November 2, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. kuriya

    If public health care is scarier than terrorist why are we fighting them. This woman has no brain. She is stupid to compared the two after what terrorist did to this country on 9/11. No republican will ever condemn her it is a shame. Some of these republicans are the worst people I have ever seen. The election of Obama brought back the hate they have for other people. They call themselves christians. Shame on some of them.

    November 2, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Mike

    The Kool Aid crowd is alive and well. Why in all the debate does everyone always believe the Republicans are all against healthcare and the Democrats are all for health care? As a registered Democrat, I am against the plan as presented.

    November 2, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. JW

    So, let's get this straight...she trusts the government to build highways. bridges, hospitals, and schools–not to mention fight fires, crime, and wars. And she's also okay with providing healthcare to our veterans, the poor, and the elderly. HOWEVER, she considers a plan to help insure what amounts to less than 3% of the American public MORE ominous than terrorism.

    Are there any sensible people left in the Republican party?

    November 2, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. fear mongur

    What an idiot.

    November 2, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Nick

    The party of no and fear strikes again

    November 2, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Jamey Columbus

    Healthcare for all is good.. just not this bill.. its a piece of crap... our democrat leaders in congress are losers who have caved to special interest.. it may not be insurance companies.. but trial lawyers who will steal as much money from the taxpayer as possible... deal with it.. our democrat leaders have failed us...

    November 2, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. McCain-in-4

    All she needs now is a Talk-Radio show.

    November 2, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. cgillette369

    health care bill is "PAY MORE – GET LESS".
    it is a disaster for ALL americans.

    MEDIA silent sheep.

    November 2, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. not alone

    More fear mongering from the RNC i see,how pethetic.

    November 2, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Michael Arnaud

    Try this for healthcare reform-medical care is a RIGHT in the United States, not a business. As long a a profit can be made by the selling of health insurance and the requirement that everyone buy health insurance, all we are going to see is the profits of the insurance companines go up and our standard of care go down.

    Insurance is legalized extortion. Especially health insurance. I've read stories of people who lose their jobs in this economy them lose their health insurance. Then join the Army to get medical benefits for their famalies. Heaven help you if you actually have to use your health insurance, then after you get well, the insurance company raises your rates or drops you.

    Don't worry. The insurance lobby will make sure that any bill that comes before Congress is defeated. I can't think of a member that isn't already bought off by the insurance lobby. Like I said, the companies will do ANYTHING to protect thier profits. Healthcare reform, not in this lifetime.

    November 2, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. Les

    The comments made by this woman are without a doubt the most baseless, fear mongering, incendiary lies I have seen from The Hill today. She must be a Republican......... The supposed tax increases will mostly effect those who make $250,000 dollars or more a year. I wonder how many stocks she has in pharmaceutical and and other health care conglomerates? They are the ones that will bear the share of the burden they should bear.

    November 2, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Chris

    Yea you know she is right lets continue down the path we are already on. Where everyone of us pays triple our wages for premiums for insurance that doesnt even cover us 100 %. To have some dick wad company deny us for some sort of pre existing condition. But has no problem taking our money. God I wish for a 3rd party

    November 2, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Common Sense

    The mean old private health insurers do not cover preexisting conditions, experimental procedures and are selective in who they insure. They make approximately 2.2% profit. The administration has some convinced that they can run a health insurance program that will cover preexisting conditions, give you everything you want, cover 45 million additional people and do it cheaper than the people that have done it for years. This is from the same people that could not get the H1N1 vaccinations done properly or administer the Cash for Clunkers program.

    These are primarily lawyers that have never run anything, have no real grasp on reality, can never get their tax forms correct and have made a living convincing people that pigs can fly. Even a crack head should recognize a snake oil salesman when they see one. How stupid can you liberals be to believe this stuff. Nobody in the insurance business can do it, nobody with an economics background could make sense of it and no salesman could sell it. But, you believe these lawyers. You deserve what you get.

    November 2, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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