Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott for assistance with the curious case of Eric Hensen, a doctor who is currently facing “non-disciplinary remedial action” after failing to comply with the Texas Medical Board’s now-expired mask mandate. Hensen is one of the heroes of the pandemic, treating his many of his patients for free —even buying their medicine.
“It has come to my attention that Texas doctor, Eric Hensen, is currently facing what the Texas Medical Board calls a ‘non-disciplinary remedial plan’ as a result of his utilizing sound medical judgment to not comply with the Texas Medical Board’s mask mandate implemented by its now-expired emergency rule, issued pursuant to the now- nullified Executive Order No. GA-19,” Gohmert’s letter to Abbott reads. “I strongly condemn this action, which is clearly a form of unjust punishment, and urge you to take all appropriate actions to remedy this unfortunate situation and ensure that Dr. Hensen does not carry a punishment that was effectively acknowledged to be wrong-headed by the issuance of Executive Order No. GA-34.”
Hensen ultimately entered the “non-disciplinary remedial plan” after spending thousands of dollars in attorney fees fighting the medical board.
“Left to fend for themselves and needlessly suffer, Dr. Hensen filled a void for COVID-19 patients not just in Texas, but across the country, and volunteered his time, energy and money to treat those suffering from the virus. He treats COVID patients for free, and even buys their medicine for them if they cannot afford it. Local emergency room doctors have even told patients to seek treatment from Dr. Hensen because they know he will provide the care needed to help them recover from COVID-19. If you ask one of his many COVID patients, they would tell you that Dr. Hensen has saved lives,” Gohmert adds.
For now, the complaint will remain on Hensen’s record for years, he will have to take a jurisprudence exam and complete continuing medical education.
“Either Dr. Hensen’s judgment was sound and he did not err and so should not be disciplined, or Executive Order No. GA-34 was issued in error. This is a clear conflict that should be explained to Dr. Hensen and any other practitioner facing a similar disciplinary action subsequently acknowledged to be in error by the issuance of GA-34,’ Gohmert writes.