Rep. Gohmert on Veteran Deaths at VA: 'This Is Where Obamacare Is Going'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 28, 2014 | 4:29 PM EDT

"This isn't just negligence we're talking about. This is intentional misconduct - putting our nation's veterans on secret lists where they die," Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) told Fox and Friends yesterday regarding reports that 40 veterans have died waiting for health care from Veterans Affairs in Phoenix, Ariz.

Gohmert said that Congress will hold hearings - but, that hearings won't be enough:

"It needs more than just a simple investigation: there are potential criminal charges here."

"We'll have hearings - but, hearings won't be enough, because we cannot fire those people, we don't have the executive branch role. Of course, I guess we could usurp it the way the president's usurped our role. But, they have to be the ones that fire and hold criminally responsible those who may have been involved in criminal negligence."

Due to Obamacare, all Americans will be vulnerable to this type of neglect, Gohmert warned:

"This is what some of us had feared for the rest of the nation. This is where socialized medicine goes; this is where Obamacare is going. People going on lists, the panel lists procedures you get, or don't get, at what ages."