GOP Rep.: 'Nobody Dies Because They Don't Have Access to Health Care'

Toni Houston
May 9, 2017

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) made the claim that "no one dies" from a lack of health care, regardless of the facts of not only that people die from lack of health care, but how a staggering number die as a result of lack of healthcare.

During a question and answer session, a woman told Labrador that by voting for the bill, "you are mandating [that] people on Medicaid accept dying".

"You are making a mandate that will kill people", the audience member said before getting cut off by her representative.

After voting yes on the AHCA on Thursday, Labrador said in a statement, "The people of Idaho know Obamacare is a disaster and want it fully repealed".

An email to Labrador's press secretary late Friday for comment did not receive an immediate response.

The boos instantly drowned him out.

The American Health Care Act will now be sent to a skeptical Senate where it is nearly certain to change shape.

Under The American Health Care Act - presently the subject of a full-court press by House Republicans - insurance companies will be allowed to discriminate against customers who have "pre-existing conditions", refusing to pay for problems stemming from them.

Some members planned to hold town halls, including Republicans who were sure to face fire from constituents unhappy with the GOP plan.

Raul Labrador's recent comment that no one dies from lack of access to medical care continues to spark outrage nationwide.

It would not, however, be a leap to say that losing health insurance would make someone's health worse and might even lead to death.

According to another 2009 study by the Institute of Medicine, people without health care are more likely to die if diagnosed with illnesses, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart attack, among others. "Furthermore, unlike the first version of AHCA, our bill showed it had enough support to actually pass the House".

Meanwhile, in upstate NY, protesters crowded into a town hall on Saturday morning, greeting Republican congressman Tom Reed-who voted for the bill along with 216 colleagues-with signs that read "No conscience no heart".

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