GOP U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador, the co-founder of the Far Right House Freedom Caucus who believes sick people should pay more for healthcare, has been infuriating southern Idaho voters with his conservative stance on healthcare for years. Friday was no different.
After Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives approved their lousy Trumpcare bill Friday afternoon, Labrador flew home to southern Idaho where he faced a jam-packed school auditorium of angry town hall attendees in Coeur d’Alene. He addressed his constituents first by saying, “We want to help all Americans, not just a small group of Americans. What our bill did, was it created a process that will reduce the health insurance costs for a majority of Americans.”
And two hours later, the Far Right congressman left with his head between his legs.
Every time Labrador let words of praise for Trumpcare spew from his lips, the auditorium was filled with a flash of red construction paper cards with the word “immoral” written in black lettering. And a major blast of booing spilled through the air each time Labrador repeated that healthcare is not a constitutional right.
Even worse, the conservative congressman had the unmitigated gall to claim that nobody dies because they lack access to healthcare.
Um, no, sir. You’re not a doctor, so don’t play one on Capitol Hill, okay?
As Idaho’s Statesman-Review reports:
Rebecca Schroeder, the mother of a 9-year-old with cystic fibrosis, handed out photocopied sheets of statements by organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society, all of which condemned the Republican bill. At the microphone, she accused Labrador of pushing a bill that would restrict her son’s access to lifesaving medications.
“Are you asking us to disregard the voices of patients and health care professionals?” Schroer asked.
“You and I disagree on this,” Labrador said, after several members of the audience stood and applauded Schroeder’s comments. “I told you that I wanted to protect people like your son, while also protecting the 93 percent of Americans that have been harmed by Obamacare.”
A dozen or more voters took the microphone arguing that Trumpcare removed coverage for pre-existing conditions by allowing the states to opt out of Obamacare’s protections. They also expressed outrage the bill allows insurance companies to charge the sick, the poor, the old, and other vulnerable people higher premiums they’ll be unable to afford.
With the straight face of a cheating poker player, Labrador actually told the crowd the essential benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare) go only to a minority of the population, while the rest of American pay for rising premiums.
And when he repeated that healthcare was not a right protected by the U.S. Constitution and, therefore, Congress wasn’t obliged to give it to American taxpayers, the crowd was outraged.
One man, 34-year-old Teuvo Orjala, who is allied with the Indivisible Idaho movement that opposes the agenda of President Donald Trump, asked Labrador how that position reconciled with his self-proclaimed Christian faith.
In reply, Labrador gave them a sob story about growing up poor, saying his family “didn’t go to the government. We went to the church, and the church provided the things that we needed for a month or two.”
When the meeting ended, Orjala told the newspaper, “I was hoping for a heartfelt answer, and I felt like I kind of got a canned answer.”
Labrador has gone further to piss off voters over the years. In addition to fully supporting Trumpcare, he has refused to urge our so-called president to release his tax returns. According to Labrador, he doesn’t have to because the Constitution doesn’t say so. He also says he would not want Congress to get involved in any investigations regarding Trump and the administration’s ties to Russia because, he says, no evidence of illegal activity has taken place.
That has yet to be proven, so we shall wait and see, sir.
Raul Labrador has always taken conservative stances on health issues. Not only doesn’t he believe health care is a right, he’s all for the sick paying higher premiums than healthier people, bragging his “perfect health care system” would provide only low-cost catastrophic coverage, with people paying out-of-pocket for everything else, including preventive care.
Raul Labrador is a sick sick man who is unhealthy for America. Unfortunately, U.S. taxpayers are being forced pick up the bill for his congressional healthcare which, by the way, includes all the provisions and essential benefits of Obamacare he wants to deny Americans.
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