On Friday, less than 24 hours after the "American Health Care Act of 2017" (aka AHCA) bill narrowly passed in the US House of Representatives, Idaho congressman, Raúl Labrador held a Town Hall meeting at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.
During that Town Hall meeting, a woman in the audience expressed concern that if the bill becomes a law, that loss of health care, for some people, would result in death.
Congressman Raúl Labrador responded, ".... That line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don't have access to healthcare ..."
A truncated version of this meeting containing this exchange is shown in the video above (A longer portion of this same meeting from which this was edited can be viewed here [beginning at 14:15].)
Congressman Raúl Labrador's body language during his response is worthy of closer examination.
Note that when he says,".... That line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don't have access to healthcare ...", during this entire statement, his hands are held together in what is called a "Pseudo-prayer" and he additionally moves them, as a unit, up and down in a chopping motion.
This dynamic body language - the "Pseudo-prayer, Hand-chop" is a nonverbal signal which is always displayed by a person who feels they are an alpha to the other person'(s') beta. The believe that they are the person in control, the boss, and that they are the stronger person (literally, metaphorically, legally, politically, etc.).
The Pseudo-prayer, Hand-chop conveys self-righteousness and arrogance - and therefore almost never be used. Moreover, it strongly projects patronizing and condescending emotional tones. It's an example of a body language tell which is a rapport destroyer and thus it's never seen during moments of true coalition building.
When a person displays a Pseudo-prayer, Hand-chop - you can be sure they're mind is made up and they're not going to change it. Furthermore, it's also a signal that their impulse control is wearing thin. It's a nonverbal display which should never be used by a politician.
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