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Rep. Gohmert Unveils the Declaration of Health Care Independence

WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2010 | Kate Thompson ((202)225-3035)
U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01), along with several Republican colleagues, formally unveiled and signed today the Declaration of Health Care Independence at the U.S. Capitol. 
U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01), along with several Republican colleagues, formally unveiled and signed today the Declaration of Health Care Independence at the U.S. Capitol. 

Rep. Gohmert stated, “Thomas Jefferson said, ‘The normal course of things is for Liberty to yield and for government to gain.’ But that is what you have seen with the monstrosity called the health care reform in the last year proposed by the President, by Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid. It is outrageous what is in that bill in both the Senate and the House. It is Liberty taken away!

 I am sick and tired of people, including some in the media saying, ‘The Republicans are the party of NO. They are against reform.’ We are not. Health care needs to be reformed but it doesn’t need to be taken over by the government. We need insurance companies to stop getting between patients and their doctors, but we don’t need government substituted in between patients and their doctors. For those on Medicare and Medicaid, they need to be assured that it will be there, that they will have coverage like they have never had before. They can have full coverage and control without bankrupting the nation, without $500 billion in cuts, and without rationing the health care people need.

As a Member of Congress, I have heard people say, ‘We want the health care you have.’ Actually, you don’t want my health care. I did not like my health insurance last year so I changed this year. You want my choices. You want the booklet I have that has page after page of private insurance policies so you can choose as much or as little coverage at competing costs. We want the negotiations conducted as the President promised repeatedly – completely transparent on C-SPAN and discussed openly and honestly. To secure those principles, we need Members of Congress, candidates, as well as people across the country to sign onto the Declaration making a pledge that they will stand together in order to achieve the true Health Care reform Americans deserve.”

To view Gohmert’s full speech, click here.

Rep. Louie Gohmert represents the First District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives and can be reached at www.gohmert.house.gov.