Does Rep. Raúl Labrador know what he is talking about?

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Based on the evidence, Rep. Raúl Labradoris as clueless as his fellow Republicans.

If you have been following the news, Labrador caused an uproar at an Idaho town hall after he suggested to his constituents “nobody dies” because of losing health insurance coverage.

For anyone not familiar with Labrador, he has been the U.S. Representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district since 2011. As a member of the Republican Party, Labrador’s political resume shows the politician previously represented District 14B in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010.

Interestingly, in 2016, Labrador was ranked one of “Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans.”

On Thursday, 4 May, Breitbart writer Penny Starr reported Idaho’s 1st congressional district representative had spoken at the Heritage Foundation’s Conversations with Conservatives monthly event with the House Freedom Caucus.

“We’re not doing anything to injure or hurt anybody with a pre-existing condition — I wish you guys would report that instead of reporting that is just the Democratic talking points, which is pretty shameful,” Labrador said.

There is nothing shameful about reporting the truth. The truth is Republicans are more interested in creating tax cuts for the wealthy than they are improving healthcare for the masses.

The following day, Labrador was being his usual Republican self.

While in Labrador’s eyes, Republicans are “not doing anything to injure or hurt anybody with a pre-existing condition,” they are not exactly doing anything to improve conditions.

The reason for this, not that people do not already know this, is Republicans do not see healthcare as being a right of the people. Republicans simply do not care.

Labrador proved this point in the Lewiston town hall meeting when he said, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

What exactly did Labrador mean?

It is ridiculous to suggest health insurance has no direct impact on an individual’s quality of life. Not having access to health insurance impacts considerably whether a person receives medical treatment. Does anybody need to explain this? Relatively speaking, nobody should. It is basic economics but Labrador does not seem to understand the basics.

Is the Republican politician suggesting people who do not have health insurance are nobodies? If this is the case, a considerable number of “nobodies” will be voting in next year’s election.

With any luck, Labrador will not see another term in office.

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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."