Tuesday, October 22, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Socialist Agenda?
Guest: Senator Marco Rubio
"With Obamacare descending into chaos, the President and the Democratic Party are in a perilous place. Americans are starting to figure out that the government-controlled health care industry is likely to be a nightmare. So why won't the feds fix the situation before imposing it on the people? The answer is that Obamacare is just part of a vision for the forced sharing of assets. The strategy is largely kept quiet, but there have been hints. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has said, 'You do have the right to health care and to education and to decent housing.' That is a socialist-communist vision, that the state should provide all citizens a certain lifestyle at the expense of other citizens. If health care is a constitutional right, then everything associated with good health would fall into the civil rights category. So your entire environment - house, food, clothing, transportation, mental health - would have to be paid for by the state if you could not afford it. In order to provide for the have-nots, the far left wants the government to seize the assets of solvent Americans. That's what Obamacare is all about - taking from those who can afford health care to provide for those who cannot. Talking Points believes most Americans don't understand what's going on in this country. The USA cannot afford to pay for Obamacare unless working Americans give up more of their assets. In some cases, much more!"

The Factor welcomed Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who will soon introduce a bill that would delay Obamacare's individual mandate. "On one hand," Rubio explained, "you're telling people that if they don't buy insurance next year the IRS is going to come after them with a fine. It's unfair to say that and then make it so difficult or impossible to buy that health insurance. My bill will basically say that the Obamacare website has to be up and functioning for six consecutive months before they can begin to enforce this individual mandate on people. How can you punish people for not buying something that is impossible to buy?" The Factor advised Rubio to enlist the support of moderate Democrats like Joe Mancin of West Virginia. "Get Joe Manchin's name on the bill as a co-sponsor. I'm going to invite him on tomorrow and I'll ask him if he'll attach his name to the bill."
Top Story
Is Healthcare a Constitutional Right?
Guests: Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes
The Factor asked Alan Colmes and Mary Katharine Ham whether government-funded health care is a basic human right. "It is not in the Constitution," Colmes said, "but I think it should be. FDR said everybody should have the right to adequate health care and half the countries in the world have it. We don't have it, which makes us a less advanced country. Food and housing and health care should be everybody's right." Crowley argued that government already provides for the poorest Americans. "We have made a social compact to take care of the least among us, we provide to those who are most in need, and we have a gazillion government social welfare programs. There is Medicare to take care of the elderly, Medicaid to take care of the poor, and if you are completely broke you can walk into an emergency room and get care."
Stossel Matters Segment
Politics as Usual
Guest:John Stossel

Last week's bill ending the government shutdown included a $3-billion project that will especially benefit Kentucky, the home state of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. John Stossel, despite his small government bent, sidestepped the chance to denounce McConnell. "I could criticize him for many things," Stossel said, "but he's being smeared. He denies that he put this in, and Democrats Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein agree. Feinstein said she approved the money that had passed both houses of Congress. Much more offensive is the money in the bill for the widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who already has $50-million." The Factor expressed doubt that McConnell had nothing to do with the largesse: "They needed McConnell on board to get this bill done. Are you telling me this wasn't part of a quid pro quo?"
Factor Follow Up Segment
Bad News for the GOP
Guests: Larry Sabato & Kellyanne Conway
The Factor asked political scientist Larry Sabato and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway about a new poll showing widespread disenchantment with the GOP. "There's no reason to perfume the pig," Conway quipped. "This is very bad news for Republicans and I think they should follow the example of Republican governors, who run 30 states and are very popular at home. The only thing less popular than the Tea Party is the Affordable Care Act." Sabato argued that the government shutdown did great harm to the GOP. "This was an absolute disaster for Republicans and the Tea Party. The good news for them is that there is more than a year before the midterm elections, but the bad news is that this will all come up again. If they do the same stupid things, they're going to throw away the House of Representatives." The Factor theorized that Republicans can benefit from the Obamacare mess, saying, "If Marco Rubio is successful in delaying this individual mandate for a year, that could turn the tide."
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Should the State Divide a Family?
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl
Legal aces Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle analyzed the case of the 9-year-old Minnesota boy who got on a plane by himself and flew to Las Vegas. Minnesota authorities are now removing the boy from his home. "This is a child who needs some extra help," Guilfoyle said, "and I'm not going to pass judgment on the parents. The boy sounds like he's very precocious - he was able to get on an airplane without a boarding pass by pretending to be with another family. Perhaps he should be removed from the parents for a short period of time, with the overall goal being family reunification." Wiehl reported that the young boy has a history of behavior problems. "This kid absconded with a delivery truck, he's damaged other vehicles, and he's been suspended from school. Right now he needs to be removed from the home to get some counseling and help."
Back of Book Segment
Racist Team Name?
Guest: Lanny Davis
Last week Charles Krauthammer laid out his rationale for changing the Washington Redskins nickname. For another view, The Factor welcomed Lanny Davis, a former Clinton aide who now represents the team. "I've been a Redskins fan for 40 years," Davis declared, "and when we sing 'Hail to the Redskins' we are honoring the word 'Redskins.' In a poll of Native Americans, 9 out of 10 said they are not offended." Davis accused sportscaster Bob Costas, who objects to the name, of employing a double standard. "He focused his ire on the Washington Redskins but he excused the name 'Cleveland Indians.'" The Factor warned Davis, "You know that if you stick up for the name 'Redskins,' some people will say you're a racist."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Marion LaRose, Cypress, TX: "You are finally getting it, Bill. President Obama does want to hurt conservatives and the Tea Party. You have given him a pass for so long."

Rosanita Hicks, Mullin, TX: "O'Reilly, for once I actually agree with you! The president takes criticism personally and reacts negatively to it."

Ian Rodney, Everett, WA: "O'Reilly, you need to protect your soul. Never again give your thoughts on scripture. Repent."
Tip Of The Day
Beating Bias
Every person harbors some inherent bias, but do your best to fight and overcome your own prejudice.