U.S. Rep. Gohmert: Libya Attacks An Excuse To Call Up Obama’s Private Army

By Kent Chapline, CBSDFW.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, (R)-Tyler, says American involvement in Libya is a ruse for President Barack Obama to call up the private army created by the health care law.

Gohmert made the comments while speaking on the House floor Wednesday.  Here’s the video:

Talking about the attacks on Libya, Gohmert said, “maybe there’s intention to so deplete the military that we’re going to need that presidential reserve officer commissioned corps and non-commissioned corps that the president can call up on a moment’s notice involuntarily, according to the Obamacare bill.”

Gohmert is referring to a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act, the health care overhaul which took effect in 2010.  The law allowed the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to create a reservist group of health care professionals who can be involuntarily called up for service in times of public health emergencies.

Some people have interpreted that part of the law to mean that it created a private civilian army for the president.

The group, called the Ready Reserve Corps, is somewhat similar to the National Guard.  But instead of a group of soldiers, the Ready Reserve Corps is a team of doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals.

The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, created in 1798, is one of the federal government’s seven uniformed services.  The others are the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps.

Gohmert made news last year for his claims of “terror babies.”  He said terrorists were sneaking into the U.S. and raising future terrorists as Americans.


One Comment

  1. Gumby Rules says:

    What a crock of cr@p. If it was GWB doing the same thing it would all be justified.

    I was listening to conservative talk radio and they were saying BHO didn’t act soon enough. If BHO Then the next sentence they are asking when we will get out and what is the “exit strategy”. What hypocrisy!

    Have they forgotten Russian invasion of Afghanistan and how we supplied arms and munitions to OBL? Well, I guess they have, that or they are just really ignorant.

  2. PM says:

    What a complete idiot….. Texa Reps are becoming more and more embarassing…

  3. FRANK says:


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  4. John Langevin says:

    It’s not news that Louie is a wacko; the bad part is that he’s just an obviously ridiculous element in the GOP’s duplicitous attacks on President Obama. They seem to have forgotten that when it was their boy W going to war they cried treason when anyone criticized him.

  5. Kay says:

    This person is way off in left field. Private army? Can you say non-patriot? There is only one reason any such step would be necessary in this Nation-lack of real patriots in those fields.

    Take exactly what is happening in Japan right now, dedicated people are truly risking their lives to save the lives of others. As you can read comments about Libya, that is highly lacking in the U.S. these days since it’s all about me, me money. If the U.S. suffered such a blow either at the hands of foes or someone’s mistakes who do you think will fly out of the country first and leave you without care-these guys even though they are the first to get the iodine pills, etc.

    As you have already read in Texas, doctors are going to start turning patients away or take cash payments only, and all kinds of things because they no longer believe their job is to save lives, it’s to make a good buck. See it won’t even take a disaster for you to die unless your rich, thus something had to be done so the middle class and poor wouldn’t be left to die in this Nation at the hands on non-patriots. I had no ideal this was in the bill, yet for the sake of America I’m glad it was. If America was still highly patriotic it wouldn’t even have been needed.

    Only a non-patriot would set back and watch a genocide anywhere in the world if they where asked for help and the world approved such help. If you can’t help someone before you know who they are and all the hype coming out of both parties then look out more Columbine’s will happen (help standing outside while people are getting killed). My goodness I see a wreck and a car that may catch on fire-what do I do, ask what party & organizations they belong to before I decide it’s worth risking my life over? What goes around comes around. You can’t pay anyone enough to risk their lives for someone else, but true patriots will no matter what.

  6. dek says:

    Texas and Arizona Politians wow ! do you remember when that Waxahachie Rep said we needed to execute 11 year old boys ?

  7. BIGD says:


  8. Todd says:

    Louie Gohmert is looney ! How can people in his district continue t o support this idiot and not be totally embarrassed by him? How was he elected in the first place?

  9. KeithStone says:

    I’m afraid that the whole island will tip over.

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