CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN: “NOBODY DIES BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE.”

House Republican Raul Labrador claimed, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,” during a townhall meeting on Friday morning according to the Idaho Statesman

Labrador, a staunch conservative and member of the House Freedom Caucus, was responding to a comment by a constituent who suggested that lack of access to healthcare would lead to certain death.

Experts disagree with Mr. Labrador’s claim.

In 2009, a joint study by Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance cited lack of healthcare as the cause of 45,000 American deaths annually.

According to Steffie Woolhandler, study co-author and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School:

“Historically, every other developed nation has achieved universal health care through some form of nonprofit national health insurance. Our failure to do so means that all Americans pay higher health care costs and 45,000 pay with their lives.”

Furthermore:

“The study found a 40 percent increased risk of death among the uninsured. As expected, death rates were also higher for males (37 percent increase), current or former smokers (102 percent and 42 percent increases), people who said that their health was fair or poor (126 percent increase), and those who examining physicians said were in fair or poor health (222 percent increase).”

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