RUSH: So, Louie, how are things?
GOHMERT: [Laughs] Depends where. In Congress things stink pretty
bad, but in the White House I think Trump’s doing a lot of good stuff.
Once he gets the people he can actually trust around him, I think he’ll
RUSH: Well, let’s explore Congress stinking. I want to start with the
status on health care, “repealing and replacing Obamacare” — that’s
the Republican promise that was made for seven years. The bill was
sent six times to Obama, knowing he would veto it. Nobody knows
what happened to that bill. It has gone missing. Paul Ryan is predicting
a new bill could take months. Then you go to tax reform: “We can’t do
that this year. Maybe next year.” We can’t balance the budget. We can
only do an omnibus. Louie, what are we doing with the victory that we
had in November? It doesn’t seem like anything’s changed from when
we were in the minority.
GOHMERT: You’re exactly right. With the Republican leadership, it’s
a real problem. It’s like we’re afraid to bring up things we passed when
we were in the minority in the Senate or didn’t have the Presidency. It’s
like those things were only for show, and now we’re playing for dough.
We could have easily gotten over 218 votes on the repeal bill we
passed two years ago. But we were told, “Gee, the Senate would have
trouble.” They brought up the Parliamentarian. “The deal would
blow up in the Senate. They wouldn’t be able to pass it.” Our question was, “Why not? They passed it before.”
I think the best solution would be to pass that bill, and then come
back and pass other things that we can, whether or not we get 60
votes in the Senate, whether or not they want to use the nuclear option again. We could at least pass the repeal we did before. Then let
the President threaten to go to the states where those Senators voted
for it last time and are threatening not to vote for it this time. I think
we’d get those as “yes” votes; their constituents would force them to
vote for the repeal again.
Rush, part of this looks like the insurance companies had too
much to do with it. Remember, they and Big Pharma signed onto
Obamacare. They got us in this mess. Now for their best interests, for
the country’s best interests, let’s get back to free market.
I’ve been surprised that [Speaker Paul] Ryan and [White House
Chief of Staff Reince] Priebus and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch]
McConnell have been able to convince so many people that the
100-plus-page bill we have before us is actually a repeal and replace.
Some of us keep asking, “So what does it actually repeal?” They an-
swer, “Well, we’re going to give more power to Health and Human
Services, to our Secretary Tom Price.”
Now, he’s a great doctor, a great legislator, and I have no doubt he’ll
be one of the best Secretaries that HHS ever had. But the strategy ap-
parently is, “Let’s give Tom Price more power. He will do more to
knock down Obamacare and repeal it administratively and with
regulatory authority than we could pass through the House and Sen-
ate.” Some of us just don’t believe that’s true, because we could vote
to repeal it.
And Rush, this keeps coming back to my head. I hear Justice Scalia’s
voice. He told me more than once, not talking about a particular bill,
but just in general: “Look, if you guys in Congress don’t have the guts
to repeal a bill you don’t like, don’t come rushing across the street to us
and demand we repeal what you didn’t have the guts to. You’ve got the
power, just repeal it.” He was speaking generally, but it applies to this.
Rep. Louie Gohmert
My Conversation with QA &
What a great, frank discussion with one of the truly good guys, a
longtime staunch conservative, Texas Congressman (since ’05)
and member of the Freedom Caucus; Louie is one of those rare
people you can always, always count on to speak the truth: