Rep. Broun: Health Care Reform Will "Destroy America"

November 03, 2009 3:44 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

According to far-right Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Democratic health care reform plans will "destroy America."

It's an impressive feat, but there may not be a Republican member of Congress who has been more openly scornful of President Obama's plans for health care reform than Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA).   

In July, Broun declared that the public insurance option "is gonna kill people." Later in the month, he argued that "ObamaCare" would "give every single one of those illegal aliens health insurance." At a town hall meeting in September, Broun literally walked away from a constituent who couldn't get health coverage after telling him, "If you have a suggestion, send it to me." And, just a few weeks ago, he introduced "alternative" legislation that would eliminate Medicare altogether. 

Yesterday, Broun escalated his attacks on the Democratic reform bill, saying that its passage will "destroy America as we know it today."

U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, both Georgia Republicans and both physicians, told editors and reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the plan to be debated in the U.S. House this week is too expensive and will drive up health care costs. Broun said the plan backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will "destroy America as we know it today."

On the House floor today, Broun repeated the outrageous assertion. "Mr. Speaker, the Pelosi health care insurance bill will destroy America," he said. Watch it:

Like Broun, other conservative lawmakers have begun ramping up their anti-reform rhetoric.  Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) argued yesterday that the House reform bill poses a greater threat than "any terrorist right now in any country," while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) warned that the Democratic proposals could bring an end to the two-party political system