Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador was soundly booed and criticized for saying “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare” at a town hall Friday.
A video posted from the event shows Labrador, who voted in favor of the House GOP healthcare bill on Thursday, standing on stage and making the comment. He’s then booed and jeered loudly by the crowd before the video cuts off.
“Nobody wants anybody to die. You know that line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare,” Labrador said.
Labrador was defending the American Health Care Act, which passed in the House on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.
The bill repeals and replaces parts of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans say it will allow states to create health insurance systems that fit the needs of their citizens.
Democrats have ripped the bill because it will likely kick millions off the health insurance they’ve received through the Obamacare exchanges.
It’s unknown exactly what the effects of the bill will be; the independent Congressional Budget Office has not yet finished its independent analysis of the bill.