Idaho Republican Representative Says 'No One Dies' From Lack Of Health Care

Outrage after GOP lawmaker says 'no one dies' from lack of heath care

Outrage after GOP lawmaker says 'no one dies' from lack of heath care

A conservative Republican congressman from Idaho is drawing criticism for his response to a town-hall attendee's concerns about how his party's health-care bill would affect Medicaid recipients.

One woman stood up and said the GOP bill, which makes major cuts to Medicaid, was essentially telling people to die.

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.

"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", he added.

This is not the first controversial town hall for Labrador, who was also booed after he told a crowd in April that he didn't believe health care was a "basic human right".

The boos instantly drowned him out.

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Although the Congressional Budget Office has not yet analyzed the impact of the healthcare bill passed by the House Thursday, an assessment of an earlier version of the bill found that by 2026, 24 million fewer people would have health insurance coverage under the new law. 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. One example in Labrador's district: 36-year-old Idaho Falls resident Jenny Steinke, who died of an asthma attack in 2015 after being unable to treat her condition due to a lack of insurance.

"Despite the availability of some safety net services, there is a chasm between the health care needs of people without health insurance and access to effective health care services".

Labrador's comments quickly prompted a backlash online.

The congressman's answer came during a Friday town hall in Lewiston, one day after he voted to pass a Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

And Labrador is not alone in being a mean, stupid, cruel, Republican congressman.

"Many people will die", according to former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and others. Studies have drawn connections between lack of access to health care and mortality rate.

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