On Friday, U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) made the mistake of attending a local town hall meeting where he shocked the audience with his astounding stupidity regarding health care realities in America.
A woman in the crowd informed the congressman that limiting people’s access to health care was essentially asking them to die. Labrador managed to dredge up all the fake indignation he could scrape from the bottom of his soulless heart and replied:
“That line is so indefensible,” Labrador said. “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
His statement nearly sent the crowd through the roof. Here’s the video.
Labrador is one of the many American traitors who voted for the American Health Care Act in Congress on Thursday. Following the vote, the gutless coward tried and failed to justify his betrayal.
“All across Idaho, families and small-business owners are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs caused by Obamacare,” Labrador said in a statement after the Thursday vote.
“The people of Idaho know Obamacare is a disaster and want it fully repealed. Since I was first elected to Congress, I’ve been working to repeal Obamacare and that includes opposing the first version of the American Health Care Act.”
“Over the last few months, I have been working to improve the AHCA, joining with my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus.
We have negotiated legislation that keeps our promise to the American people to lower health care costs while also protecting those with per-existing conditions.
Furthermore, unlike the first version of AHCA, our bill showed it had enough support to actually pass the House.”
“The bill we passed today strikes down Obamacare’s prohibition on less expensive health care plans and the knot of insurance regulations and mandates that are making health coverage so unaffordable,” Labrador said Friday. “Meanwhile, it sets up a national $130 billion invisible high-risk pool to help offset the cost for those with pre-existing conditions.”
Here’s what Labrador-poodle and his GOP cohorts fail to mention. They don’t know if or how much AHCA will cost premiums to go up for people with pre-existing conditions. One of the main reasons they can’t say is because they rushed the vote through before the bill could be reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Their decision may have something to do with the fact that the last time the CBO reviewed AHCA they concluded that over 24 million Americans would lose their health care coverage.
As to Labrador’s asinine claim that “nobody dies” due to lack of access to health care, here’s one example:
In 2015, a woman from Idaho Falls named Jenny Steinke died at age 36 from an asthma attack. Steinke’s condition had gone untreated for years, due to her inability to afford health insurance. Her husband, Jason, was finally able to obtain health insurance through Obamacare, however, the insurance kicked in too late to save Jenny thanks in part to Idaho’s GOP-run government which chose not to expand Medicaid coverage.
You can read more examples here.
The bottom line is that Republicans don’t give a fuck about your life unless you’re a fetus.