Rep. Foxx: Health care reform is a bigger threat than ‘any terrorist right now in any country.’

Few Republican congressional members have served as a greater fount for hyperbolic and uninformed ranting about health care reform as has Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). As ThinkProgress previously documented, Foxx has claimed Democratic reforms would mean seniors are “put to death by their government,” that health reform is a “distraction,” and that “there are no Americans who don’t have health care.” She was at it again today on the House floor, arguing that health reform is a greater threat to our country than “any terrorist right now in any country”:

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

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A spokesperson for Foxx said she was speaking “off the cuff.” At a later news conference, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) shrugged off her remarks, arguing that “members are entitled to their opinions.” Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) said he had no comment on Foxx’s “particular turn of phrase.”