Labrador responds to backlash over health care answer

Tabitha Dunn
May 9, 2017

Rep. Raúl Labrador - a Republican who voted for the GOP's repeal and replacement of Obamacare - made the comments at a town hall Friday in Lewiston, Idaho.

In a Facebook message he said: "I was responding to a false notion that the Republican health care plan will cause people to die in the streets, which I completely reject".

You are mandating people on Medicaid accept dying. Republicans who've hosted town halls in the past several months have been met with protests, boos and sharp rebukes from attendees. Thanks to the back-and-forth being filmed, Labrador's comments reached far and wide on social media, with people lining up to attack the Representative for his wild suggestion.

"It certainly doesn't help that the media is only highlighting a five-second video, instead of the entire exchange", he wrote, offering a link to a video of his discussion with the constituent.

Labrador's longer explanation, however, also doesn't hold up. "Nobody dies because they don't have access to healthcare".

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According to the study, one reason these preventable deaths occur is because when people have only intermittent access to medical care, they find out about serious conditions at later stages when there are fewer treatments available - think cancer, for example, and the difference that an early diagnosis can make in survival outcomes.

The incident in Idaho is just one example of Republicans' attempts to save face with the health care bill passed in the House last week. He vowed to support lower premiums for healthier people and higher premiums for the sick. The Congressional Budget Office had not analyzed the bill's cost and impact on coverage before it was approved by the House, but the agency's analysis of its original version projected that 24 million would lose insurance by 2026. To be fair, it's not like he's new to getting heated reactions at town halls.

An hour before the congressman's meeting, there was a line forming outside the door.

At a town hall meeting Friday Labrador tried to defend the GOP's ObamaCare repeal plan.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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