Monday, July 27, 2009

Quote of the day

"There are no Americans who don't have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare."--Rep. Virginia Foxx (R, NC)

Now, I'm not a third-term Congressperson, but when I type the phrase "percent of Americans without health insurance" in a search engine (I use Google, but any one will work) my first hit includes a cite from the Census Bureau (2007) that says nearly 46 million (that's 46,000,000) Americans under the age of 65 (and presumably not covered by Medicaid) do not have health insurance.

This is the same woman who said that the idea that Matthew Shepard's murder was a hate crime was "a hoax." Foxx later offered what I call a non-pology to Shepard's mother.

A non-pology is when you say you're sorry if something you say or do offends someone... you're not sorry you did or said something, just if it was badly received.

Foxx sits on the House Committee on House Rules. And a sub-committee regarding the Organization of the House. That's it. Or no one likes her enough to update her Wikipedia entry (and if that's the case, she ought to mention the new committee assignments on her official web page). Her legislative record includes:

- introducing a bill to praise the American Christmas tree industry
- voting against the extension of the Voting Rights Act

She is proud that the National Journal rates her as the most conservative member of the North Carolina delegation. I have no idea what that really means, but she seems to think it's worth noting. Sounds to me like "craziest person in the facility" which I might be inclined to keep to myself.

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