At the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit, right-wing Hill staffers, operatives, and members of Congress got an earful from Rep. David “Phil” Roe (R-TN).
During a session devoted to a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) that is designed to replace Obamacare, Roe suggested that the best way to “tweak” the president’s signature health-care reform law was with “a nuclear bomb.”
Then, addressing the topic of family planning, he veered into personal territory, noting, “I have been ‘fixed.’ My wife has been ‘fixed.’” He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol. (He didn’t specify whether he meant the dome, a balcony, or down the steps.)
These are interesting comments from a legislator who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood. A proud co-sponsor of HR 217, a bill that would prohibit the funding of contraceptive programs through Title X of any organization that also provides abortion services, Roe has a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and a 100 percent rating from the Eagle Forum and the National Right to Life Committee.
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Roe and Price hail from the Congressional caucus of right-wing doctors, making them natural point-persons for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. At the Heritage event, Roe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, crowed that he had delivered most of his constituents. In 2011, the last year for which his rating is available, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists gave Roe a 0 percent rating.
As for the GOP’s prospects for wresting control of the Senate from the Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections, Roe suggested that duct tape be given to Republican nominees to place over their mouths, presumably to prevent them from saying anything along the lines of Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments or Richard Mourdock’s “gift from God” gaffe.