You have seen and heard that GOP elected officials are facing backlash from their constituents when appearing at town halls. Many representatives and senators have decided to stop having town halls at all but GOP Representative Labrador of Idaho, stood before an audience taking one for the team, or rather for the Republican Party after that majority voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Defending that choice, it turns out, is not so simple.
stood before his constituents at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho answering questions as to why he voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. One woman appeared at the town hall and told Representative Labrador that his decision would cause death for those the poor. She stated that “You are mandating people on Medicaid accept dying,”
Labrador then stated that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” “That line is so indefensible.” The town hall crowd roared with jeers and went wild with frustration. “ A woman, who identified herself as an emergency room nurse, replied to Labrador telling him, “It absolutely kills people. You don’t know what you’re talking about.You should sit in ER waiting rooms and explain to people that their children are going to die because they can’t afford insurance.” The crowd applauded the nurse and her observations.
Representative Labrador was also booed for a comment he made last month that health care isn’t a “basic human right.”
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to her members of the House when they prepared to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and stated to them that “Some of you have said ‘Well, they’ll fix it in the Senate.’ But you have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark on this one. So don’t walk the plank unnecessarily.” It would seem that Representative Labrador should have listened to her warning from the reception he received at his own town hall.