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Rep. Labrador Defends Freedom Caucus' Opposition to Health Bill

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 01:54 PM

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, pushed back against claims the House Freedom Caucus' demands during the healthcare debate showed its members don't care about the most vulnerable members of society.

His comments came during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"That is completely false," he said.

"I don't think it's the government's responsibility to provide healthcare for everyone. I do think it's the government responsibility to take care of the vulnerable and to look at those people who cannot fend for themselves."

He maintained the caucus' aim was to reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone.

"Every healthcare expert understands that about 67 percent of the increases of health insurance are based on essential health benefits and this Title 1 that provided more regulations in the healthcare industry," he said. "We can get rid of those things and reduce the cost of health insurance for most Americans

And he maintained the GOP bill was unacceptable.

"It was a bill where we were going to give a lot of tax breaks to people and not really fix the fundamental problems we have with health insurance and healthcare business," he said.

Labrador added: "If you think about it what we wanted to do is reduce the cost of healthcare insurance for everybody."

And he said lawmakers should not give up on their attempts to fix healthcare.

"I don't think that's the end of the healthcare debate. I think this is just the beginning and I think over the next month or so it is incumbent upon us as House members — especially as Republicans in the House — to come up with an alternative solution that all Republicans can vote for," he said.

"I want to invite Democrats to come to the table (and) at least give us their ideas"

Meanwhile, caucus members have been careful not to gloat about the doomed healthcare bill, the Los Angeles Times reported.

They have blamed the bill's failure on Republican moderates, but have been careful to praise President Donald Trump, the newspaper noted.

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