Raul Labrador's worst week in Washington

Posted May 09, 2017

Raul Labrador sparked outrage from his audience and online after saying "nobody dies" for lack of health care access in a town hall Friday night at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

"You are mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying", she said.

If you didn't hear that line before now, never fear: You'll be hearing it A LOT more in Democratic campaign ads over the next 18 months or so.

Labrador's quote affirms absolutely everything that Democrats have been arguing about Republicans since the fight over the GOP health care plan began: That they are out of touch with the average person and simply don't understand (or don't care) about the real-world implications of their policy proposals.

We'll never know if Labrador had more to say, since he was promptly drowned out by sounds of protest from his unhappy audience.

The Republicans' health care plan will now go before the Senate, where it is expected to undergo changes. Additionally, the GOP did not even allow the CBO to give their bill a score, and rather forced it down the throat of the American people without hearing the non-partisan analysis of the Congressional Budge Office. A steady criticism regarding an era of Trumpcare is the impact it has on people in need of access to the healthcare system.

The constituents had gotten very angry during the Idaho congressman's town hall for making such an absurdly silly comment.

But how often does lack of health insurance, or access to health care, cause people to die?

Several Idaho health care providers responded to Labrador's comment, including a former chief medical officer at Saint Alphonsus and current CEO of St. Luke's in Boise.

In the video, the woman asks Labrador "to explain to taxpayers in this room how we are going to pay for the $20 million in increased indigent care costs when we cut $800 billion out of Medicaid" with the House vote on Thursday to approve the American Health Care Act.

The congressman said that's exactly what his statement meant. "This gap results in needless illness, suffering, and even death", the 2009 IOM study concludes. "Furthermore, unlike the first version of the AHCA, our bill showed it had enough support to actually pass the House".

Labrador is not the first Republican lawmaker to face a hostile crowd during a town hall meeting.