U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert says the White House claim that 7 million Americans have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act is hogwash — and it may be a year or more before the true numbers come out.
Gohmert also says President Barack Obama's signature healthcare plan is really about only one thing: exercising more government control over people's lives.
"From the beginning . . . this has been about the GRE: the government running everything," Gohmert, who represents the Texas' First Congressional District, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"They want to control the people's lives, they want to control more of the economy, and this is a huge step for them, seizing control, saying you're going to provide more insurance when in fact you're providing worse insurance.
"We've heard 75 percent are paying more for their insurance than they had paid before, so there isn't really anything good. Anything that the White House comes out [with] today and tries to say is good about this is going to have to be spinned — because it ain't good," he said Tuesday.
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Gohmert said the only people who truly know how many Americans have signed up — and also paid their premiums, which are two separate things — are the executives of the insurance companies themselves.
"The truth is those insurance companies know exactly how many people have paid for their insurance, that's how they can stay in business," Gohmert said.
"I guarantee you this administration doesn't want to know exactly how many people have paid because it doesn't fit in with their agenda."
Gohmert said the ACA was sold on skewed mathematics.
"We were told that there were 30 to 40 million [Americans] who didn't have insurance and that's why we were going to have to scrap everybody's insurance," Gohmert told Malzberg.
"Of course, they were saying if you like your insurance, you'll get to keep it, if you like your doctor, you'll get to keep him, and obviously those were lies.
"And now there are more lies coming out today, 7 million, which they clearly haven't hit because, you know we're hearing that maybe 25 percent, if that, have actually paid for their policies."
Gohmert said that because 6 million "or so" Americans had their old health insurance policies cancelled — because they did not conform to the Affordable Care Act's rules and regulations — the actual gain is more like 1 million.
"Lie to the American people to win [the] election and now they're going to come out and put a rosy red garnish on something that should have had them red-faced," he said.
"It is a disaster when you turn healthcare upside down to give 30 million people insurance and maybe a million of those, maybe 2 million from what we're hearing, didn't have insurance before they had signed up."
Gohmert said it could be a long time before Americans know exactly how many people have signed onto Obamacare.
"It won't end up being 7 million . . . when we get the truth. And it may be like Benghazi, maybe another year and a half before we actually get the truth," he said.
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