Foxx: Healthcare bill bigger threat than terrorism

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

Published November 2, 2009 11:50PM (EST)

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.

"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.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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