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Gohmert: We Had to Shut Down Govt. or People Would 'Suffer' and 'Die' From Obamacare (TEXT and VIDEO)

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday said that Republicans were forced to shut down the government last month because they were sure people would "suffer and potentially die" because of President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:15 pm
Of course, no one ever suffered and died from LACK of health care. And shutting down the government, throwing many thousands of people out of work, was really good for the economy. Score one for the home team.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:18 pm
Wow,, can't believe that this Gohmert actually said that. Agree with Henry H.'s statements.
Thank You Carrie.

Melva H (93)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:22 pm
This is the best defensive lie Republicans can come up with?? You better increase the pay of your 'deniers!'

Angelika R (143)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:10 pm
I wonder if Mr Gohmert is a ghost writer for Andy Borowitz...

Roseann d (178)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:19 pm
Oh yeah, concern for the public is always at the top of your mind and primary motivator Gomer! How about paying up the $24 Billion you added to the deficit over 16 days. That has to be some kind of record.

Jeanne Young (19)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:31 pm
Any one ELSE of the opinion that MANY of us could suffer and die (of E.coli infection) from what this guy is dishing out???

Jason S (50)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:31 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:27 pm
Now they can just die of starvation, or become homeless, or freeze in the winter, or...all because these Idiots are making We, the People, pay the bill for their Folly!

Wayne W (12)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:52 pm
Gohmert should write for "The Onion". Some of his stuff is as good as theirs. I can't wait for his explanation of how the ACA causes tornados and earthquakes.

"Obamacare actually cut $716 billion dollars from Medicare and seniors rely on Medicare.”

That's why Republicans want to get rid of Medicare. Gohmert is not the only one with this. Paul Ryan is not a stupid man, just self-absorbed and without a conscience. While he was campaigning, Ryan told people Obama cut Medicare by $716 billion. The budget Ryan produced contained the exact same provision.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:24 pm
"Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday said that Republicans were forced to shut down the government last month because they were sure people would “suffer and potentially die” because of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law."

Yes, the gop pukes and teabaggers shut the government down because
they simply do not want US citizens to have affordable health insurance.

They tried to repeal it 42+ times in Congress, House of Representatives.
Each time they have voted to repeal it has cost the taxpayers 1 million + dollars. That's 42 + million dollars. A waste of taxpayer dollars.

Even the Supreme Court said it was legal.

The gop & teabaggers just simply do not understand at all.

Time to throw those gop/teabagger people out of office.

Gohmert needs to leave office asap.

ty, Carrie.

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:33 pm
thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 1:08 am
These blithering idiots don't seem to relies that their ridiculous statement's are making them a laughing stock.These clowns should be on vaudeville where no doubt they would get the audience they deserve.

ewoud k (68)
Friday November 8, 2013, 2:57 am
Does he listen to himself while he speaks? Or, does he read when he writes his speeches?

Robert K (31)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:06 am
Yeah, being able to get health care where you couldn't before and not having a million families go bankrupt every year because of health care costs is such a disaster, and saving billions of dollars a year for the government while getting better care for the people is SUCH a disaster.

Louise D (44)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:30 am
There is an impression that the Republicans have to trawl pretty deep for the specific type of idiot to represent them. As they have gerrymandered so effectively that many districts now look like a Rorschach ink blot (iby the way happy129th birthday Hermann Rorschach ) they can dig out some character who looks like a PEZ dispenser possessed by a Victorian ghost. He really needs to sit back and establish some sort of connection with reality like Never put a sock in a toaster. As clearly the man is just taking the piss or is just so unbelievably stupid because he couldn't be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn't understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:16 am
The money "cut" from Medicare was waste that was trimmed from the way Medicare payments were made, cutting out some of the administrative costs. It actually made the system more efficient, meaning the money already in the program will last longer and go further. That's a GOOD thing, isn't it? But until the mainstream media, where the majority of Americans get their information, does a better job of reporting the facts to the public, there will always be room for people like this clown to spout what are obviously lies in order to further the agenda of the Republican party.

Robert B (60)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:31 am
Linda Rust, has it right. IF ONLY the Media would expose these lies and do their jobs of real journalism, instead of promoting "Newstainment".

David C (131)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:53 am
when did Rawstory start copying Onion articles?????

I believe Gohmert as far as I could throw someone his weight....if GOP pols and followers don't like Obamacare can we go to universal single payor????? can we at least let everyone in the country get insurance equal to that of congresspeople??????

or instead of trying to ruin lives for millions of persons who want health insurance, why don't the GOP get together and give up their insurance?????

Carlene V (202)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:48 am
Every time I think the Republican politicians can't get any dumber, they do just that. The real problem is the Republican voter who sits back and believes the lies and nasty rhetoric and continues to keep these thugs in office.

Jason R (67)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:11 am
What is causing the right to go insane?

Esther Z (94)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:54 am
Rep. Gohmert was mostly speaking to his base, who tend to believe every bit of drivel he throws their way!

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 10:25 am
Carlene V., Sometimes I wonder just how dumb these guys really are. Do they really believe this stuff? Or do they know that the more outrageous their comments are, the more airplay they'll get on the evening news! The media does need to do their job and cover some factual information during their news coverage, instead of promoting the "circus" of BS these guys throw out there. Robert B. had it right---Newstainment is exactly what it is---and it gets too much valuable airtime!

Lona G (80)
Friday November 8, 2013, 11:46 am
It doesn't really matter how much we laugh about these dumb Republicans and how angry we get about their lies as long as the people who are taken for fools don't laugh and who are lied to do not get angry about being lied to.
As long as even mainstream media do not expose these condescending liars for what they are and media are allowed to do exactly the same as these Republicans to their audiences, things will never change.

Lynn S (235)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:04 pm
On the good side, at least Goh-merde admitted that the Washington Weenies aka Republicanus/Teabaggers shutdown the government! The rest of the Washington Weenies have been blaming Mr Obama for the shutdown.

“When you know how dramatically people are adversely affected, do you want to let people suffer and potentially die?” Gohmert asked. “We felt like we had to try and put it off, you just really couldn’t, in good conscience, not try to suspend it.”

However, with 33 million people unable to afford healthcare; with many federal employees not getting paid, with programmes like the WIC and SNAP being cut so that people don't have food . . . tell me again Goh-merde how the Washington Weenie government shutdown didn't hurt people!

@ Jason R --- To answer your question, I think it is the particulate matter being emitted from all those industrial smoke stacks and the chemicals in the ground water from fracking. You know, that stuff they say isn't a problem because all they smell when they breathe is money . . . lots and lots of money!

Susanne R (235)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:12 am
If it looks stupid, acts stupid, and says stupid things --it's probably a tea party politician from Texas.

According to Wikipedia:

* At a congressional hearing on May 23, 2013, on an abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Gohmert told a female witness that she should have carried her pregnancy to term even though doctors had discovered the fetus had no brain function.

* On 16 December 2012, two days after the murder of over twenty people at an elementary school, Gohmert appeared on Fox News Sunday and suggested that the tragedy would have never happened had the teachers been armed. He told host Chris Wallace, "I wish to God that she [principal Dawn Hochsprung] had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out... and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids." He also claimed that the 20 victims who had been killed with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle had "defensive wounds."

* On July 20, 2012, Gohmert appeared on The Heritage Foundation's Istook Live! radio show the day of the July 20, 2012 Aurora, Colorado shootings, which left 12 people dead, and 59 injured. Gohmert blamed the shooting's outcome on the erosion of Judeo-Christian beliefs, and the lack of concealed carriers in the theater.

* On June 13, 2012, Gohmert was one of five members of Congress (including Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Tom Rooney, Lynn Westmoreland) to send letters to the Inspectors General[43] of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State seeking investigations into what they claimed was the U.S. government’s involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood.

One of the letters in particular to Ambassador Harold W. Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General of the United States Department of State, used the department's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, as an example of the undue influence. The letter said that Abedin "has three family members–her late father, her mother and her brother–connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations," referring to a study by the Center for Security Policy.

Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Scott Brown, as well as Bachmann's former campaign chief Ed Rollins defended Abedin against these allegations. Speaker of the House John Boehner told reporters: "I don't know Huma. But from everything that I do know of her, she has a sterling character, and I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous."[49] Congressman Mike Simpson condemned the letter as a revival of McCarthyism, telling the Idaho Statesman: "Unfortunately, it's not just Michele. The public says, 'There go those Republicans again.' It's a bad reflection on all Republicans. I can't believe the other four members she got to sign the letter with her. Amazing... That doesn't reflect the House Republican Caucus."

Other members of the Republican Party are even disassociating themselves from him. Can you blame them?

Gary L (138)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 9:36 am
Gohmert's stupidity is appalling and painful what's worse is that people actually voted for that moron

Avril Lomas (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 10:58 am
Gohmert has one of the lowest I.Q,s in Congress. Suprise suprise.!(and with SUCH a low bar!!!)
What REALLY scares me is that there were NIT WITS who voted for this twerp.

fly bird (26)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:13 pm
no, I think he spins this - doesn't respect, or think much of the American voters, and thinks he can just snow them with this this "diverticulitis" rot, to add insult to injury.

fly bird (26)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:17 pm
follow the money. thks for posting.

Star S. (54)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:08 pm
I have heard some real doozies, but this beats them all. This person obviously is of the opinion the American public lacks any kind of intellegience or judjgement. This man insults my intelligence.
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