Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Ebola Theory Is Dumber Than He Is

The Young Turks

“Louie Gohmert (R-TX) this week blasted President Barack Obama for sending troops to Africa to help fight an Ebola outbreak, and predicted that they would bring the disease back to infect American citizens.

In an interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, Gohmert explained that a series of mistakes made by the U.S. Secret Service were a symptom of “political correctness.”

“I talk to these Secret Service agents, most of them are the same agents who have perform admirably and loyally for all these years, done a stellar job,” he explained. “But when you put political correctness above all else, just like we have with our rules of engagement with our military that’s getting our own military killed.””* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.”

The Young Turks: “Louie Gohmert’s Ebola Theory Is Dumber Than He Is”

5 Responses

  1. Texas GOP U.S Congressperson Gohmert is no where near as stupid and irresponsible as corporate-owned and controlled Dallas health providers who allowed Ebola-exposed individual(s) to circulate freely for days in a large apartment complex, local schools, in the homeless community and amongst front-line healthcare providers before contacting the appropriate Federal government agencies to take action.

    And subsequently those very same corporate-owned and controlled Dallas health providers changed their stories about what actually happened and their blatant MISTAKES!

    Currently under indictment third-term Texas Governor Perry has now formed a Ebola fact-finding commission to find the gentleman-of-color in our White House to be responsible.

    • Doctors and nurses have never been geniuses as the trend line of malpractice premiums would indicate. A mistake was made because medicine is bureaucratic these days–especially if the guy had no insurance coverage or money (I don’t know but my guess is….) such that people in emergency rooms can’t find the time to put 2 and 2 together on their own–typically. But your paranoia in regards to the repercussions is unnecessary–exposed people are not contagious people and people are doing their job finding them before they get sick.

      As for Rick Perry–being under indictment does not mean anything. Anyone can be put under indictment for anything–it has nothing to do with guilt and to be more credible in your claims it would be better not to imply such by pointing it out. As to the specific allegations of the indictment, they are embarrassingly dumb and unfounded in my opinion. As far as Perry going after Obama–well he’s a Republican considering running for office. I wouldn’t confuse politics so easily with facts–must of us don’t pay any attention to what Rick Perry says.

  2. Is there any hope that conservatives will realize that the possibility of global epidemics (whether from Ebola, flu, or other disease) is a really good argument for universal healthcare?

    President Obama and other leaders have been reassuring Americans by pointing out that Ebola is unlikely to spread within the United States because we have a “world-class health system”.

    Well, we do have world-class medical facilities, world-class medical research, world-class medical procedures, and world-class medical treatments, but we do NOT have world-class access to health care.

    In an epidemic, what’s needed is ACCESS. If citizens avoid seeking healthcare because they lack access (no insurance; can’t meet the deductible if they do have insurance; afraid of deportation; no local clinics and hospitals; etc.), they are more likely to not get treated and to spread their illness to others.

    A 2013 article link to fiercehealthcare.com states:
    “Over the past 50 years, Detroit has gone from 42 hospitals serving 1.5 million people to four hospitals serving 700,000 people, many of whom are uninsured or unable to pay for treatment.”

    Detroit’s lack of hospitals is a serious problem if residents and/or visitors get ill. And Detroit is just one of many cities in the U.S. that has been shuttering hospitals. Add that to the continuing problems of access (despite the gains of the Affordable Care Act), and the reality is a health system that has a long way to go before it is truly world-class.

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