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Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Idaho congresman: "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care"

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The woman in Lewiston said: "You are mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying". "That line is so indefensible", Labrador responded.

Labrador was similarly criticized at another town hall last month, when he said healthcare is not a "basic human right".

One of its most drastic changes would be $880 billion in Medicaid cuts to allow states to determine how much they want to invest in the program.

"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 was initially addressing the Idaho crowd in the town hall meeting one day following the House of Representatives' passing of Republican plans to repeal Obamacare.

The bill has faced universal opposition from insurers and health organizations, and the Congressional Budget Office estimated that an earlier version of it would rob 24 million Americans of health care.

"Because people without health coverage are less likely than those with insurance to have regular outpatient care, they are more likely to be hospitalized for avoidable health problems and to experience declines in their overall health", according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care information nonprofit.

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In fact, people may very well die because of a lack of health care - and even because of a lack of health care coverage. You are making a mandate that will kill people.

Asked if she could support the House version, Collins says: "The House bill is not going to come before us".

This is not Labrador's first foray into saying something moronically stupid.

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

Americans are fearful of other far-reaching consequences of the legislation, with the loss of protection against pre-existing conditions and cost of new "high-risk pools" two major concerns.

The audience then shouted and booed with outrage, which drowned out anything ths congressman said afterwards.

Meanwhile, in upstate NY, protesters crowded into a town hall on Saturday morning, greeting Republican congressman Tom Reed-who voted for the bill along with 216 colleagues-with signs that read "No conscience no heart".

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