Holy cow, I know this is going to come as a shock to you because Louie Gohmert is such a fine upstanding Christian human being. But, doggone it, he’s for damn sale.
Earlier I told you about Louie accepting illegal campaign contributions and one of the donor is the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. Here ya go —
Alfredo over at the Dairy Queen was nosing around his internet machine this afternoon and found this little tidbit.
Texas Spine and Joint Hospital of Tyler filed a joint lawsuit with Physician Hospitals of America, Thursday.
The lawsuit questions the constitutionality of a specific part of the health care bill. PHA said Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act prohibits physician-owned Medicare hospitals from expanding after March 23, 2010.
PHA said new physician-owned Medicare hospitals that are not certified as Medicare providers prior to December 31, 2010 are now banned.
Now, there was a good reason for excluding them.
Texas Spine and Joint Hospital was in the midst of a 22-million dollar expansion when the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, was passed.
It restricted hospitals owned by doctors, who take medicare and Medicaid money, from expanding beyond a certain point.
The feeling is, such facilities have a vested interest in ratcheting up the bill for treatment.
As you know, “Ratcheting up the bill” is actually a plank in the Republican Party platform. Republicans are real good at ratcheting.
Now even though Louie hates Obamacare, he’s willing to go to bat for his donors to get their share of Obamacare. Yeah, there’s money on the table and even though that money is going to cause the downfall of America and the end of civilization as we know it, Louie wants his friends to get their hands on that money on the table!
So, Louie signs on as a cosponsor of the some legislation that would encourage ratcheting up.
We have no idea how many letters and pestering Louie did to help these poor pitiful ratcheting doctors.
You know, a couple of illegal campaign contributions is a bargain to get your hands on Obamacare funds.
So, if you go to the Texas Bone and Joint Clinic, just be aware that part of your bill will include the care and feeding of Louie Gohmert.
Thank you, Alfredo, for the heads up.