NBC 26: Town hall erupts in boos after GOP Rep. says 'nobody dies' from lack of health insurance
Republican Rep. Raul Labrador faced a chorus of boos after claiming nobody dies due to lack of health insurance at a town hall on Friday.
The intense moment took place a day after the House passed the American Health Care Act. Video of the incident shows the Congressman advocating for the newly passed bill in front of constituents at a town hall at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho––before the crowd is suddenly outraged by the representative's response to a question about Medicare cuts.
"You are making a mandate that will kill people," said a woman who stood up and challenged the Idaho representative over the newly passed bill.
Labrador responded bluntly saying, "That line is so indefensible...Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care."
The crowd gathered at the town hall on Friday then abruptly erupted into loud boos and jeers.
Some in the crowd in the crowd yelled "liar" at Labrador, according to reports. Video of the incident quickly spread on social media.
A Harvard Medical School study in 2009 found that 45,000 people die a year due to lack health insurance.