Following town hall backlash, Labrador says health care comment 'wasn't very elegant'

Following town hall backlash, Labrador says health care comment 'wasn't very elegant'

An Idaho town hall erupts in outrage after Republican congressman claims "nobody dies because they don't have access to health care". "That line is so indefensible -nobody dies because they don't have access to health care".

"Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care", he continued, drawing loud jeers from the audience.

He was immediately shouted down and booed by the crowd.

An email to Labrador's press secretary late Friday for comment did not receive an immediate response.

The American Health Care Act will now be sent to a skeptical Senate where it is nearly certain to change shape.

Under The American Health Care Act - presently the subject of a full-court press by House Republicans - insurance companies will be allowed to discriminate against customers who have "pre-existing conditions", refusing to pay for problems stemming from them.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News Saturday night, Labrador referred to the comment by saying "one of my answers about health care wasn't very elegant". "It certainly doesn't help that the media is only highlighting a five-second video, instead of the entire exchange".

One example in Labrador's district: 36-year-old Idaho Falls resident Jenny Steinke, who died of an asthma attack in 2015 after being unable to treat her condition due to a lack of insurance.

"It was my privilege to spend two hours today in Lewiston fielding questions from my constituents, many of them about our efforts to provide quality health care to all Americans at an affordable and sustainable cost", he wrote in another post.

For Labrador's reference, a 2009 study from the American Journal of Public Health found that before Obamacare, 45,000 people died annually from lack of health insurance.

At times, Labrador asking people in the crowd to stop being rude and disrespectful.

Labrador has been vocal about the issue in the past, including during a town hall in April when he was asked if healthcare is a basic right.

A statement made by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador during a town hall meeting Friday morning has drawn criticism by those challenging his stance on health care.

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