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Media Piles On GOP Rep. Raul Labrador for Comment, ‘Nobody Dies because They don’t have Access to Health Care’

Raul Labrador, a Republican congressman from Idaho, was at a townhall last weekend and was asked a question about his vote to repeal Obamacare that week and about health care coverage. He responded, “Nobody dies because they didn’t have access to health care.” He was booed by the audience and ridiculed in the media for his response.

The liberal media pounced on this, with CNN claiming [1]¬†that it will be ready-made soundbite for the Democrats. They also said that Rep. Labrador earned the ‘Worst Week in Washington’ label for his comments.¬†Politifact rated [2] his statement as “pants on fire” because some studies found that it could be as high as 18,000 people dying from lack of access to health care.

Rep. Labrador has since apologized [3] and said it was not an “elegant” answer, but that he meant to respond to the “false notion” that repealing Obamacare will lead to people dying in the streets.

The media looks for any opportunity to rail against the GOP and the misstatement by Labrador did not make things easier.

Photo by Gage Skidmore [4] [5]