LOS ANGELES — Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra said he is a “chubby guy” and has gained weight after years of dieting.

“I’ve had to lose weight in order to get to where I am today,” Hoekstras first-term congressman told Fox News.

“The only thing I’m trying to do is to get the government to pay for my medical care.”

Hoekstra, who was hospitalized in October 2015 for an illness he attributed to weight gain, told Fox he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January, but it had gone undetected.

He is not allowed to use a wheelchair, and has spent most of his time in his office in his wheelchair.

“It’s been very challenging,” he said.

“I’ve lost about 40 pounds, and I’m in better shape than I was before.”

There’s nothing worse than feeling bad and being frustrated and saying, ‘What the hell is wrong with me?’

It’s really tough.

“Hoecks obesity came about in the wake of the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA, also known as Obamacare, created the Healthy People 2020 Program to offer financial incentives for Americans to lose at least 30 pounds.

Hoarding and binge eating became the new norm, and Hoekstrom said he went from eating six meals a day to five a day.

He said his weight has dropped dramatically, from 160 pounds to 100 pounds.

Hoekstrans office is located at 1225 N. Fairfax Blvd.

in Hollywood, and he has three children and two grandchildren.

He has worked in Congress since 1988, when he was first elected to represent Florida’s 13th District.

He became an independent when his father retired in 2011.

He now serves as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees domestic programs, including veterans affairs, transportation, education and health care.

He is also the chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.