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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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How ObamaCare is Impacting American Politics
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
"Last night in Virginia Terry McAuliffe, a big fundraiser for President Clinton, was elected governor. But he didn't win by much and the election wasn't supposed to be that close - it was Obamacare that helped the Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli. In New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie won reelection and had this advice for President Obama: 'Don't be so cute. When you make a mistake, admit it.' Governor Christie is on the mark, President Obama should just admit the fiasco that is the rollout of Obamacare, delay the law for a year, and give the folks a break. But the President doesn't have to run again, is a stubborn guy, and thinks Obamacare is terrific, so he's not likely to compromise unless there is an uprising in the country. Most Americans don't like Obamacare, but not enough to really bother the White House. They'll try to tough out the whole thing, despite embarrassing hearings like the one held today. Health and Human Services Secretary should resign, but she will not. Summing up, Obamacare is having some impact on politics, but not enough for the President to make any changes."

The Factor asked Charles Krauthammer whether President Obama will eventually relent and amend the Affordable Care Act. "The President is not going to change," Dr. K predicted, "he'll hang in there and he'll pretend that it's all going well. But what you have to keep your eye on is the uprising among Democrats who have to run next year. There are already eleven Democrats in the Senate who have signed on to a postponement of the individual mandate." Krauthammer also lamented that the health care chaos is likely to get even worse. "People are waking up all over America, in the hundreds of thousands, losing the policy they liked and the one the President had promised them. How do you get out of that? I don't even know how they undo that."
Congressional Grilling
Guests: Kirsten Powers & Kate Obenshain
After HHS boss Kathleen Sebelius was interrogated by a Senate panel Wednesday, The Factor asked Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain whether the Secretary should step down. "I don't think she should resign," Powers said, "because they're in the middle of a crisis and I don't think it would help. But she has done a bad job and should be held accountable. Maybe once they get through this crisis she'll resign or the President will fire her." Unsurprisingly, Obenshain said it's time for Sebelius to go. "When there is blatant incompetence she has to step aside. In the private sector she would have been fired and somebody very competent would have been brought in to replace her." The Factor contended that axing Sebelius would serve as a warning about incompetence: "It would send a message to other people screwing up that you're going to lose your job. She had three-and-a-half years and a billion dollars to roll this out, but they couldn't even get a website up."
Feeling the Heat?
Guest: Ed Henry
Between the botched Obamacare rollout and the multiple scandals surrounding his administration, is President Obama beginning to feel the heat? Fox White House reporter Ed Henry has the inside scoop.
Inside the Beltway
Guests: Carl Cameron & James Rosen
Staying on the subject of Obamacare, FNC correspondent Carl Cameron laid out a few of the prospective bills brewing in the Senate. "Republican Marco Rubio's bill would essentially delay Obamacare for a full year," Cameron reported, "while Democrat Joe Manchin would delay the penalty for the individual mandate. Another Democrat, Mary Landrieu, wants to put together a bill that would ensure that if you like your insurance you can keep it. But all of these are going to have some serious obstacles getting to the floor because Harry Reid isn't committing to it and the President doesn't want to see any delays." James Rosen turned to the general mood among Democrats in Washington. "I've spoken to a number of influential Democratic strategists who tell me that the anxiety level is rising rapidly. They are watching Jay Carney's White House briefings, which are becoming increasingly painful exercises, and they're not getting the information they need to go out and fight on behalf of President Obama."
Controversial Muslim Conference
Guest: Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller took aim at a conference of so-called "moderate" Muslims in Norway, where many in attendance endorsed stoning as a just punishment for adultery. "They're showing you a true glimpse," Miller said, "they're letting you know what happens. This is probably why they're not getting miked up inside the mosques. It's time to get it together over there, guys." Miller then mused about Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins football player who was suspended for "bullying" another player. "I can't believe you're disturbed by this! Don't worry too much about Richie Incognito, keep your eye on radical Islam. We have a billion people who think we're Satan, but Richie Incognito is just Marge Schott with a 550-pound bench press. He's a moron, who cares about him? Everybody who covers football now writes about concussions, coaches working too hard, or hazing. Could we pay attention to the football?"
Mayor Gone Wild!
Guest: Martha MacCallum
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted that he smoked crack during one of his "drunken stupors." Martha MacCallum elaborated on the wayward mayor. "He actually got kicked out of a hockey game because he was in one of his drunken stupors," she reported, "and this happens on a fairly regular basis. He's been accused of groping women and being homophobic and all kinds of stuff. Folks in Toronto are a little embarrassed and the city council wants him to walk away, but they can not throw him out of office under Ontario law." MacCallum also commented on the Pittsburgh man who believes he is a dog. "He's part of a larger group, there are people who think they are animals. They're called 'furries,' they have conventions where they all get dressed up in their animal suits."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Georgia Spencer, Cuernavaca, Mexico: "The people down here are much poorer than Americans and they manage to go to an office to apply for and then pick up a voter ID."

Bob Paschke, Manitoba, Canada: "We have to show IDs to vote and nobody talks about voter suppression."

Michael Hambright, Overland Park, KS: "I am tired of liberals like Alan Colmes saying it is too much work for disadvantaged Americans to pick up a free state-issued ID. In a Republic, with rights come responsibilities."
Independence for Wounded Veterans
Pay a visit to Independencefund.org and you'll learn about good folks like severely wounded vet Nicholas Koulchar, who received his high-tech TrackChair this week.
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