Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke at a luncheon Wednesday at the Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association. The congressman's speech focused on the roll out of portions of the Affordable Care Act and the political events that both preceded and followed it.
Gohmert began by explaining the details behind the recent partial shutdown of the government from his point of view, saying that people had not gotten an accurate picture of the events going on in Washington D.C.
He outlined repeated attempts on the part of republicans to avoid the shutdown and delay the implementation of Obamacare's individual mandate, saying that each attempt represented a step closer to surrender to the democrats' demands.
Gohmert said he was uncomfortable with the increasingly loose demands on the table because he knew Obamacare was going to hurt East Texans.
"You could just see people were going to get hurt," Gohmert said. "I don't mean to demean [the president], but it's hard for me to call it the Affordable Care Act when I see how it's hurting people."
Gohmert said money taken from Medicare and home healthcare initiatives have hurt people as much, if not more than, anything else.
"I believe in calling it like it is," Gohmert said.
The congressman said he would have liked to have seen an option for seniors to re-gain more control over their healthcare with innovative solutions like a healthcare specific debit card coupled with more affordable, higher deductible policies.
"I don't want you to have to buy a supplemental or a wrap-around policy," Gohmert said. "I tried to talk to the AARP about this but [they weren't interested]."
Gohmert said he missed the days of his childhood, during which his mother decided to take him to a different doctor after learning that their current physician had upped his prices.
"We don't have real competition in healthcare when you don't know what things really cost," Gohmert said.
Gohmert said a return to price-based competition would be good for East Texans, if only because of the honesty it would bring to pricing in the industry.