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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo
Impact Segment
Unresolved Problems Segment
Factor Follow Up Segment
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Back of Book Segment
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Broken Promises
"It is beyond a reasonable doubt that the President and his administration misled Americans about Obamacare. The President should admit it right now, but he won't. Instead, yesterday he launched into a torturous explanation about health care plans in place before the Affordable Care Act became law. President Obama is making a huge mistake by continuing to pettifog the issue; the perception now is that he did not tell the truth. When Americans believe they are not being dealt with squarely, they react. You may remember that President Bush the elder said, 'Read my lips, no new taxes.' President Bush raised taxes and in 1992 he lost the election to Bill Clinton. So President Obama should take note: Unlike 'Fast and Furious,' Benghazi, the IRS, and NSA snooping, Obamacare is a far different deal. Americans are directly affected because they are paying more money. Now let's deal with the 'L' word controversy. Talking Points does not believe President Bush lied when he said he would not raise taxes, he sincerely did not think that would happen. Most Americans are smart enough to decide whether President Obama lied about Obamacare. My personal belief is that he never read the law, did not understand the law, and did not care very much about the details. Therefore, he said what his speechwriters wrote. But in the end Americans were misled - Obamacare is chaotic and most of us will have to pay more to protect ourselves and our families. Finally, the President's ardent supporters continue to defend him, and some of the rationalizations are actually amusing. On television, the more the apologists rant, the lower their ratings go. Nobody is buying it. Right now there are a number of pieces of legislation in Congress that would delay Obamacare, which is the best solution. President Obama should give the country a break, fix what's broken, and level with the folks."
Crafting Obamacare
Guest: Dr. Jonathan Gruber
The Factor welcomed Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who helped design Obamacare. "If you look at Medicare Part D," he said, "it was actually less popular than Obamacare before it was enacted and now it is widely accepted and popular. We need to take our time with Obamacare, which I believe will be just as popular. The reason we can't delay this comes to the most important and popular part of the law, which is ending the ability of insurers to discriminate against sick Americans by charging the sick more than the healthy. You can't do that without the mandate, and you can't have the mandate without subsidies to make insurance affordable. It all works together." The Factor invited Gruber to respond to criticism about him being paid $400,000 for his work. "I was a technical consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, I have a computer model that helped the administration and Congress structure this law. That model involves a lot of my time and the time of employees."
Entitlement Fraud
Guest: John Stossel
Fox Business host John Stossel analyzed new reports showing that fraud, waste, and abuse are rampant in federal health care programs. "The Inspector General just came out with a report," Stossel said, "showing that Medicare pays $23 million for dead patients and $25 million to doctors who are dead - somebody is filling out the forms for the doctor who has died. In any of these big programs this stuff is going to happen and HHS admits that there is $60 billion in fraud and waste each year just on Medicare." The Factor worried that even more fraud and waste are on the horizon: "If Obamacare kicks in and 30-million people are getting free or subsidized health care, you have to assume the same kind of situation will unfold."
Bullying in the NFL?
Guest: Tiki Barber
As The Factor reported previously, the Miami Dolphins have suspended 300-pound lineman Richie Incognito, who has been accused of "bullying" another 300-pounder. A videotape also shows an agitated and/or inebriated Incognito hurling racial slurs at another teammate. Former NFL running back Tiki Barber explained why teams continue to employ bad actors. "I wouldn't say there is a 'thug culture,'" Barber began, "but Richie Incognito is needed on some teams, they need that attitude. The use of the 'N' word is never acceptable, but in this case it wasn't used in hate. Almost all the Miami Dolphins players support Richie Incognito." The Factor reminded Barber that Incognito has a long history of questionable behavior: "He was kicked off the University of Nebraska football team, he's a bad guy and I think he's dangerous. The Dolphins are putting their win-loss record above common decency."
Abortion Battle in Texas
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl
Legal analysts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl weighed in on a new abortion controversy that pits Planned Parenthood against Texas lawmakers. "Texas has some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country," Guilfoyle reported. "For example, unless a doctor has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the doctor can not perform an abortion. Planned Parenthood is suing because this law has forced one-third of its clinics in Texas to shut down. They say it violates the right of privacy." Wiehl implied that Planned Parenthood may be on sound legal ground. "You can't make abortions illegal and you can't make abortions so difficult to get." The legal duo also opined on the mother who had her son dress in a KKK robe and hood for Halloween. "She's an idiot," Wiehl declared, "but as far as the law goes, I don't think it's child abuse under Virginia law." The Factor denounced both the mother and the law: "So parents can dress their kids as little Nazis? C'mon! You have to feel sorry for this kid."
Voter Fraud
Guests: Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes
Liberals often argue that voter fraud is nearly nonexistent and photo ID requirements are unnecessary, but a new report out of Long Island indicates that hundreds of dead folks are somehow casting votes. Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley debated the need for stricter identification requirements. "This was clerical fraud for the most part," Colmes said. "There were clerks who misidentified people and used the names of people who were deceased and had similar names. This is not voter ID fraud. Photo ID laws are meant to keep minorities, the elderly, and the young out of the polls and to hurt Democrats!" But Crowley argued in favor of photo ID requirements. "I voted today in New York City and wanted to take out my drivers license, but they said it's not necessary. According to 'True the Vote,' last year 46 states prosecuted voter fraud cases, and nationally there are 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and eligible to vote. Voter fraud is real and it's relatively widespread."
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