Rep. Gohmert: Dems Would Allow Seniors To "Die Off More Quickly"

October 16, 2009 12:34 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

A few weeks ago, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) mockingly suggested that the GOP's plan for health care reform was "don't get sick" or else "die quickly." At the time, Republicans claimed to be shocked by the comments, even though many of them have used similar rhetoric to attack Democratic reform plans.  Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) became the latest Republican lawmaker to play the "death card," suggesting that reform advocates would allow seniors to "die off more quickly."

REP. GOHMERT: I was talking to a senior that I consider a very wise individual, and this weekend she said, "You know what concerns me about the 500 billion in cuts to Medicare? Maybe not, but I can't help but think they know that as seniors we've been through World War II, we've seen the evils that lurk in this world, we have gained great wisdom from our years, and they're willing to let us die off more quickly so that we're not around to try to get our wisdom across to the young people of what is at risk by this government takeover."

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Gohmert previously alleged that "one in five people" would "die" because of "socialized medicine."