GOP town halls go viral (The Hill)
Last weekend, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) told a crowded town hall that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.”
Feeling some backlash, he later posted a statement on FB to clarify exactly what he meant, if only the mean old media wouldn’t take him out of context:
“In a lengthy exchange with a constituent, I explained to her that Obamacare has failed the vast majority of Americans. In the five-second clip that the media is focusing on, I was trying to explain that all hospitals are required by law to treat patients in need of emergency care regardless of their ability to pay and that the Republican plan does not change that,” Labrador said in his statement.
Just so we’re clear here, when Trumpcare proponents say that people will be fine because hospitals are required to treat patients needing emergency care, what they are saying is this:
We’re going to take away your ability to get preventive care to diagnose and manage your diabetes. But if you slip into a diabetic coma and are rushed to the hospital, the emergency room will try to get you back on your feet and out the door until the next time. They might even take off that diabetes-caused gangrenous foot while you’re there!
Sounds like a workable solution for healthcare to me!