By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Michael Hetrick
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One of the main sources of confrontation in the meetings is separating fact from fiction over what will and will not be in the healthcare plan.
East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert says he's not convinced the plan is a good idea.
"Private insurance cannot compete with a government run insurance company because they can run in the red and private insurance cannot."
President Obama's plan does not call for a government take over of healthcare, but Gohmert believes that if businesses have the chance to choose between private versus public health care. . . They would choose the government run option in a second.
"I don't want the government running healthcare," Gohmert said. "I want them making sure that people aren't cheating. I want them making sure if they're screwing over their insured. That the insurance companies get hammered. Those are the things government's supposed to do - not actually running the business."
Gohmert also said, "there've been some major abuses in some of the private insurance business and I want to deal with all of those and avoid the national government being in charge of healthcare."
As for the more extreme criticisms of the plan, such as former Gov. Sarah Palin's claim that it would result in "death panel's" rationing care and deciding whether the elderly and disabled get treated. Gohmert answered, "Make no mistake. There's no intent for the federal government to kill off people. But, the result is there will be seniors, there will be people with cancer, with heart problems, who will die as a result of being on lists waiting for care. That''s what has happened everywhere there's government run healthcare."