Rep. Labrador's views on health care in spotlight as he schedules town hall meeting in Coeur d'Alene
Health care was the biggest topic at Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s heavily attended town hall meetings in Southern Idaho and figures to be high on citizens’ minds again as Labrador convenes another town hall meeting Friday evening in Coeur d’Alene.
Just a day earlier, Labrador joined his colleagues in the conservative House Freedom Caucus – which he co-founded – in switching from opposing GOP legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare to voting in favor of the latest version, which now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.
“The people of Idaho know Obamacare is a disaster and want it fully repealed,” Labrador said in a statement after the vote. “Our work is far from done, however. We need to fully repeal Obamacare and I remain committed to doing that. Today’s bill is the best way to eventually get there.”
Labrador has taken positions on health care issues at the earlier town hall meetings that infuriated the big crowds attending, including declaring that he doesn’t believe health care is a right, supporting lower premiums for healthier people and higher premiums for the sick, and saying his “perfect health care system” would provide only low-cost catastrophic coverage, with people paying out-of-pocket for everything else, including preventive care.