Health Care Reform Is Worse Than Terrorism? You Could Not Make This Stuff Up

Jodi Jacobson

Far, far right television and radio talk show hosts provide an echo chamber for a very far out statement by Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx that health reform is more dangerous than terrorism.

Media Matters reports that the far right media echo chamber is now repeating comments on Monday by Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) that we "have more to
fear from the potential of that [health reform] bill passing than we do from any
terrorist right now in any country."

Let’s see…..more to fear…not from terrorism, not from climate change, not from security concerns of failed states, and not from an economy being buried under the weight of health care costs, but from a piece of legislation that seeks to expand access to health care among both the currently insured and uninsured alike.

I don’t know, but it seems to me this is further evidence that the Republican party has in fact been taken over by aliens (of the outer-space kind). Or perhaps she is just being visited by the spirit of Jesse Helms.

Whatever type of invaders are at play, they’ve strategically spread themselves out through the system.

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Foxx, speaking on the House floor on Monday, November 2nd said:

Thank you, Madame Speaker. Everywhere I go in my district, people tell me they
are frightened. They are frightened about what is happening in this country.
They fear for the future of our country. What they’re talking about is that they
fear for our freedoms, and they fear for the principles that formed this country
and have always been the basis on which we’ve operated. I share that fear, and I
believe they should be fearful. 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.

Media Matters notes that:

Following Foxx’s statement, Fox
News’ Glenn Beck compared health care reform to 9-11, and talk radio
host Neal Boortz and the Fox Nation promoted Foxx’s attack.

Beck stated that fighting health care reform like "stand[ing] in line and tak[ing] our shoes off
before the plane actually hits the tower."

Beck drew
other parallels
between health care reform and
9-11:

BECK:
Conservatives are awake — 9-12ers are willing to do the hard things. We know
what this means. We’re taking time out of our busy lives, taking time away from
their families. They’re attending town hall meetings. Do you think they want to
do that?

They
are calling their representatives. How many times do we have to be yelled at by
your people in Washington? They are reading 2,000-page health care bills on the
weekend. The 9-12ers are willing to stand in line and take our shoes off before
the plane actually hits the tower.

Talk radio host Neil Boortz stated that:
"Rep. Virginia Foxx has it right." In a
November 3 update
to his Twitter page, Boortz wrote: "Va. [sic] Rep. Virginia
Foxx has it right. ObamaCare does present a greater threat than Islamic
terrorism."

And on November 3, Fox Nation linked
to a video of Foxx’s comments under the headline: "Rep. Foxx Fears ‘Obamacare’
More Than Terrorist Attack."

Considering that many of the conservative right often appear to be vying for the position of "Taliban in America," it seems we have more to fear from them than from health care insurance to make sure your kids can get dental care.

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