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One fired, three suspended after undercover health care video

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The Urban League of Greater Dallas fired one person and suspended three others after a video from a conservative activist reportedly showed the workers encouraging health care applicants to lie.

An edited video was released Monday that seemingly shows so-called health care Navigators encouraging people to lie on forms signing up for health care to get better rates.

The video was released by Project Veritas, which was started by conservative activist James O'Keefe. O'Keefe gained notoriety for videos in 2009 that eventually brought down ACORN. O'Keefe and three others were arrested in 2010 and later pleaded guilty to entering federal property, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office, on false pretenses. A 2011 video targeting NPR resulted in the resignation of the organization's CEO.

The Urban League said in a statement on Tuesday it "does not condone, nor would we ever sanction, misleading the public or any individual who seeks our assistance about any issue, and particularly in this case, an issue as critical as health care."

The Urban League said the person fired was a "part-time receptionist trainee" who was not authorized to speak on behalf of The Urban League or act as a Navigator and said it supports decertifying three "Navigators-in-training" in the video.

The Urban League also called for the unedited video of the incidents to be released. It said the undercover applicants were told the people they were speaking to were Navigators-in-training and "the full context of these comments is not reflected in the video."

Two Texas politicians said the video showed problems with the new health care law.

Senator John Cornyn called for the Navigators program to stop after he saw the video.

"This behavior is unacceptable, and is yet another broken piece of a deeply flawed system," Cornyn said in a statement.

A spokesman for Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said the news about the health care law continues to get worse.

"The Obamacare Navigator program is ripe for abuse," the spokesman said.

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