Texas Representative Louie Gohmert Makes Asinine Claim About Health Care and Life Expectancy

louie-gohmertIt’s amazing to me how in 2014 we still have an entire political party that treats science, math and reality as subjective.  As if proven statistical data, indisputable reality or widely accepted science are somehow debatable simply because they don’t coincide with what they want to be real.

Take for instance Republican Texas Representative Louie Gohmert’s comments about “Obamacare” eventually causing our life expectancy to fall.

Gohmert said, “I’m willing to postpone as much of it as we can, hoping that in 2016 we really will get a president who has the best interest of a free nation at heart and not one going socialist.  If we keep doing little fixes to it, that also helps keep it, so I would rather postpone it as much as possible without doing little fixes because the little fixes could end up giving us a system where we see the morality rate start coming down, you die earlier, not because it’s an actual death panel but because you don’t get the treatment.”

Which sounds terrifying, right?  Though I wonder if Mr. Gohmert could then explain why industrialized countries with universal health care seem to have longer life expectancies?  While “Obamacare” isn’t universal health care it is a step in that direction, and his argument of “not getting treatment” is a common talking point Republicans use against universal health care.

For instance, let’s take 4 countries – Canada, Germany, Japan and Australia.  They all have universal health care.  Let’s look their life expectancy compared to the United States:

  • #3 Japan – 84.19
  • #10 Australia – 81.98
  • #13 Canada – 81.57
  • #28 Germany – 80.32
  • #51 United States – 78.62

It would seem reality, science and math don’t back up Mr. Gohmert’s claims.  In fact it would seem they completely contradict his comments.

And I love how he flat-out said he opposed “fixes” that “help it” because that means it might stick around.  Isn’t that basically him admitting that he is doing everything he can to sabotage the law?  And if he’s doing that, which has been in line with most Republicans, isn’t that basically him admitting that Republicans are doing anything they can to sabotage the law?

Not exactly breaking news – most liberals knew that already – but it is essentially what he admitted to with his comments.

But this is just another example where science, math and reality just don’t seem to support popular right-wing propaganda.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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