Labrador’s comments about healthcare spark outrage
LEWISTON, Idaho — A comment from Idaho Republican Representative Raul Labrador about health care has gone viral, sparking outrage across the country, and from his constituents.
Representative Labrador was booed at the town hall at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston after telling the audience that nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.
He’s now saying his answer wasn’t very elegant.
His comment was immediately met with boos and outrage on Friday.
It’s a claim widely disputed by medical experts because they say patients without health coverage often risk waiting until their conditions have advanced too far for effective treatment.
Rebecca Schroeder, whose son has Cystic Fibrosis, says without health care, his disease is crippling.
“I think there is an extreme disconnect between the policies he looks at on paper and what those policies would actually mean to the people he represents,” said Schroeder. “And I hope that my community and my state cannot stomach and sit back and watch people absolutely die.”
Labrador released a statement Saturday saying that he was responding to a false notion that the Republican health care plan will cause people to die in the streets, which he rejects.
Labrador voted in favor of the new healthcare bill, and has repeatedly stated that he does not believe health care is a basic human right.
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