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Louisiana GOP Rep. chides the uninsured: They are ‘less sophisticated’ and ‘illiterate’

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A Republican congressman and physician by trade from Louisiana was caught denigrating those without medical insurance, including his own patients, during a speech discussing his own alternative to the Affordable Care Act in audio posted by Buzzfeed on Wednesday.

“Insurance people, they will tell you that they will go to a company, and an employer will pay for everything, and there are some people who will not sign up,” Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told the audience during the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s annual meeting last week. “Turns out, those are my patients. They’re illiterate. I’m not saying that to be mean. I say that in compassion. They cannot read.”

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Cassidy’s official website lists him as a co-founder of the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, which provides free dental and health care to patients without medical insurance, provided they have been employed for 10 of the 12 months leading up to their visit. Patients must also be employed and making at least 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, while working at least 30 hours a week at the time of their visit.

“The idea that they’re going to go on the internet and work through a 16-page document to put in their data and sign up does not reflect on understanding of who is having the hardest time in our economy,” Cassidy said of those patients.

Instead of using Obamacare, as the law is commonly known, Cassidy proposed a scenario in which people under a certain income level without insurance would be automatically signed up for a policy covering catastrophic events and pharmacy costs. He did not mention, among other “bells and whistles” covered by the current law, reproductive health care. Cassidy also said that, under his plan, families could pool their coverage and buy a group policy.

“Under the president’s health care law, some couples divorce, because that is the only way they can get benefits,” he told the audience, using a conservative talking point rated as false by Politifact. “I think breakup of the family is one of the greatest problems in our society.”

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Under this plan, Cassidy said, a husband and wife who are the victims of an auto accident could receive emergency care without even knowing they were insured.

“I think actually reflects the reality of who the uninsured are relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated,” he said.

Cassidy also denigrated President Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer while he lived in Chicago.

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“We were fortunate growing up in the south,” Cassidy told the audience. “The president is a community organizer. You wonder if he ever worked with a poor person.”

In reality, Obama worked for three years with the Developing Communities Project, which has provided literacy and job training programs since its inception.

[Image via Rep. Bill Cassidy official Flickr page]

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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