An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker, Larry Stutts, is seeking to overturn a state law called “Rose’s law.” Rose’s law requires health insurance companies to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays.
The law is named for a woman who died 16 years ago from a heart attack soon after she had a child, reportedly because she did not get adequate post-pregnancy care.
The law has nothing to do with Obamacare, according to AL.com, though State Senator Stutts is trying to present it that way.
Oddly, Stutts was that woman’s doctor at the time.
During a discussion on the House Rules Committee hearing Monday about why the Affordable Care Act had not been fully implemented in some states, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) called Texas a “crazy state.”
Fox News then invited country music singer and “Gatlin Brother” Larry Gatlin to come on TV and sing about it.
Armed with a .22-caliber long rifle and a rifle similar to an AK 47, investigators said Larry McQuilliams shot into four buildings in Austin, Texas early Friday morning. They added that 100 rounds were shot at Austin Police headquarters, before Sergeant Adam Johnson ended the attack by shooting him.
In a news conference Monday afternoon, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo bluntly described Larry McQuilliams.
“This man, by no means can you call him anything but an extremist. And if you look at what he did, he terrorized a city. He’s just an American terrorist,” said Acevedo.
“This man took one shot from approximately 312 feet away in the dark, single-handed, while holding the reigns of two horses,” said Acevedo of Sergeant Adam Johnson. “He feels very strongly that there was some divine intervention.”
Some might consider that ironic, considering that police found extremist religious ideology in the van McQuilliams rented to carry out his attack. Investigators found the book “Vigilantes of Christiandom, the story of the Phineas Priesthood” which was written by a white supremacist and condemns mixing races.
“The Phineas Priesthood is really not a group or an organization at all. It is a concept,” explained Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Basically his idea is that if a person performs a so-called Phineas action, which is, meaning to murder people who have relationships across the races, then they are automatically a member of the Phineas Priesthood.”
Mark Pitcavage, Director of the Center on Extremism for the Anti-Defamation League said the last time a terrorist act was linked to the Phineas Priesthood was in 1999, so experts aren’t worried about more acts based of the book.
They are, however, concerned about lone wolf terrorists. According to the Anti-Defamation League there have been 48 shootouts between police and extremists in the U.S. in the last five years. It’s a concern Acevedo shares.
“Let me tell you what keeps me up at night. It’s these guys,” said Acevedo. “It’s these homegrown extremist that are lone wolves, that are mad at the world, that are angry. And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors.”
Police say McQuilliams mapped out 34 places to attack, including two churches. He had the phrase “let me die” written in marker on his chest and his funeral clothes laid out on his bed at home.
He had served time in prison for a bank robbery and had several other arrests in Texas and Kansas.
In an interview with Larry Pratt, right-wing talk show host Stan Solomon says Obama is a gay Muslim who is married to a man.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says this about Larry Pratt:
“Larry Pratt stands at the intersection of guns and Jesus, lobbying for absolutely unrestricted distribution of firearms while advocating a theocratic society based upon Old Testament civil and religious laws. A pivotal figure in the rise of right-wing militia, or “Patriot,” groups, he spoke at the notorious 1992 “Gathering of Christian Men” in Estes Park, Colo., where 160 neo-Nazis, Klan members, anti-Semitic Christian Identity adherents and others arguably laid the groundwork for the militia movement that would explode in 1994. He believes that white Christians must arm themselves for self-protection in the inevitable social implosions and riots that are soon to come.”