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Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) was drowned out by constituents booing at a town hall in Lewiston, Idaho on Friday after saying that lacking access to health care never caused anyone to die.
Labrador made the statement in response to a question from a woman in the audience, who said that taking health care away from people on Medicaid was tantamount to asking them to die.
That line is so indefensible, Labrador said. Nobody dies because they dont have access to health care.
Around 45,000 deaths annually are linked to a lack of health insurance, according to a 2009 study from Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. According to another study from the Institute of Medicine, uninsured people are more likely to die than insured people when diagnosed with a wide swath of medical conditions, including cancer, heart failure, strokes, and even after severe car accidents.