The Scan — December 11, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears before a House committee Wednesday to discuss Obamacare, and the Senate confirmed Patricia Millett and Mel Watt on Tuesday.
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Dec. 10, 2013, 4:12 p.m.

Rep. Bob Ing­lis (R) said 11/12 “he faces an anti-in­cum­bent, ‘throw-the-bums-out’ mood among voters sim­il­ar to the one he rode to vic­tory” in ‘92. Ing­lis: “Now I am the bum, so I’ve got to fig­ure out how to help people un­der­stand that maybe your loc­al bum isn’t so bad after all.”

Ing­lis “said voters were already wor­ried about the fu­ture be­fore the re­ces­sion and bank­ing col­lapse struck.” He “said there is a struggle with­in” the GOP “now that the co­ali­tion of so­cial and eco­nom­ic con­ser­vat­ives and pro-life” Dems built by Ron­ald Re­agan is “run­ning on fumes.”

Ing­lis “said he con­siders him­self part of the re­li­gious right and can’t identi­fy with a new group that has emerged” that he calls the “hard right.” Ing­lis: “I’m con­cerned about abor­tion. It’s very much a con­cern t me. The hard right really doesn’t care about abor­tion. They just want you, gov­ern­ment, out of their pock­et­book, by golly.”

He said “hard-right act­iv­ists have told him that they are will­ing to let people without health in­sur­ance ‘die on the steps of the hos­pit­al’ to make a point about the prob­lems of ‘free riders.’”

Ing­lis: “As a re­li­gious right guy, I’m think­ing there was a guy named Je­sus who has some things to say about these kinds of con­cepts. And I don’t want to live in a so­ci­ety that lets a few test cases die on the steps of the hos­pit­al. I can’t go there” (Bell, Green­ville News, 11/13).


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