Foxx: Healthcare bill bigger threat than terrorism

A Republican congresswoman says we have more to fear from Democratic plans than from "any terrorist"


Alex Koppelman
November 3, 2009 4:50AM (UTC)

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., has never been known for being a moderate, or for holding her tongue. (As my friend Steve Benen observes, "She's a deather, a tenther, and [she] recently boasted, 'There are no Americans who don't have healthcare.'")

But Foxx's latest comments, delivered on the floor of the House Monday, rose to a whole other level.

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"Everywhere I go in my district, people tell me they are frightened .... 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."

Video, via Think Progress, is below.

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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