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Republican Says “Nobody Dies” from Lack of Healthcare as Veterans Die from Lack of Healthcare

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) at town hall via @GlennMosley1 on Twitter

IDAHO (May 7, 2017) — At a town hall gathering on Friday night, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador enraged constituents when he made the wildly untrue claim that “nobody dies” from a lack of healthcare.

When asked by a woman about the GOP healthcare-repeal bill now known as #Trumpcare, the Republican lawmaker disparaged her, “You know, that line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” (Watch here)

“Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” —Raul Labrador (Republican – Idaho)

What. An. Idiot.

At the same time Labrador is telling voters that no one dies without healthcare, his own party’s standard bearer, Donald Trump, is telling voters the exact opposite. (Shocker, I know)

According to Trump’s website, “over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care,” a claim he repeated multiple times on the campaign trail.

Trump’s claim appears to be based on a 2015 report published by the VA inspector general that found 307,000 veterans had died with pending VA applications.

Though some have called the number a “widely misreported statistic,” it remains undisputed that thousands of veterans have died awaiting care from the underfunded VA.

Interestingly, in 2014 Republicans blocked an omnibus Veterans bill that would have greatly improved funding and access to VA care and benefits. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, enjoyed vast support from every major Veterans Service Organization, but was blocked by GOP Senators who claimed the bill was “too expensive.”

For those keeping score at home, Republicans have said:

  1. Veterans Healthcare is too expensive (GOP Senators)
  2. No one dies from not having healthcare (Labrador)
  3. Many Veterans die from not having healthcare (Trump)

In America, the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, access to high-quality healthcare should be a right afforded to all citizens, not just the privileged few who can afford it.

That’s why lawmakers like Labrador who prioritize corporate profits over human health must be voted out as soon as possible.

Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, and college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.