Monday, May 8, 2017

MSN — GOP rep: 'Nobody dies' from not having health care

Idaho Republican Representative Raul Labrador
There are many reasons why the Republican Congress is the most dangerous organization in human history.

“We see it in their tax plan. In their budget cuts and immigration policy. And now in health care.”

They and President Donald Trump are not aware or concerned that people are struggling and suffering in this world. They lack empathy and the compassion necessary to satisfactorily address so many of America’s needs, including health care.

The latest is exemplified in the attitude of Idaho Republican Representative Raul Labrador, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

At a town meeting on Friday, in response to a question from the audience concerning how the bill would affect Medicaid recipients, Labrador said, "No one wants anybody to die. You know, that line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care." He also believes that health care isn’t a “basic human right.”

Labrador's, Trump’s, and the republicans apparent ignorance regarding so many things is shocking. A 2009 study — prior to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) — by the American Journal of Public Health reported that 45,000 people die annually from lack of health insurance.

We face “a dangerously intemperate president, backed by white nationalists, with vast powers at his disposal and a clear willingness to dispense with all conventions of proper conduct, it’s vital that we maintain a sober understanding of what’s at stake, and how much could go wrong.”

The midterm elections are 18 months away. At that time it will be our opportunity to make a change away from these frightening and uncertain times.

GOP rep: 'Nobody dies' from not having health care

By Kathryn Watson