U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says he was forced to drop his health coverage because he can no longer afford it under Obamcare.
“I couldn’t afford to go up four or five times what I was paying and double my deductible, and so I’m better off with just setting money aside for health care and paying the penalty,” Gohmert said Sunday in a local radio interview, according to the Dallas Morning News.
A remark that reflects a growing sentiment among Americans that it’s often cheaper to pay the “tax” for not having health insurance than to purchase it under the Affordable Care Act.
“I lost my health care,” Gohmert said in a play on Obama’s infamous broken promise. “I liked it OK, but I didn’t get to keep it.”
The outspoken congressman did admit on air that he doesn’t have insurance now, saying, “thank you very much, Obamacare.”
Gohmert is eligible for a government subsidy of almost $950 per month, but refuses to accept it, saying he’d give up his government provided insurance instead, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Although, as the article reported, he does have other limited options:
Like every representative and senator, Gohmert can receive free outpatient care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other Washington-area military facilities, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Lawmakers pay full price for in-patient treatment, and for any treatment that takes place outside Washington.
Inside the Capitol, lawmakers can also get routine exams and limited diagnostic tests at the Office of the Attending Physician. The annual fee was $576 last year.
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