Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage. April 1, 2014.
Gingrich said if Obamacare is harmful to the country, why would any Republican fund it? He sees it as a constitutional issue. Ingraham said another course would be a full delay and then a repeal which would have the Democrats own the issue. Gingrich said politicians get too clever too often and that things should be changed decisively. He sees it as a dynamic process and that the GOP should go full bore on defunding.
Ingraham compared the situation to immigration and Gingrich said the House would follow the Goodlatte approach, breaking the steps down.
Gingrich said Chris Christie is a very strong governor of New Jersey, but the GOP needs a strong debate on foreign policy. He cited the disruption al-Qaeda has created in the Muslim world. He said he's a hawk and was for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that the execution was horrible. He said the establishment will get more hysterical as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz ask important questions.
Biggs said the US has a big labor market, but that not every group competes equally. Lower educated workers tend to get hurt the worst as a flood of immigrants take jobs from this group, even as it helps the wealthier. He and Ingraham also stated that immigrants take more benefits than they add to the economy. Ingraham noted the irony that President Obama is decrying income inequality while looking to contribute to it by flooding the market with more workers which will depress wages and job prospects.
Innis said there was a meeting with the Senate caucus with the Tea Party. Senator Rubio said the first words out of his mouth were on his immigration stance which he stands by. Ingraham asked why no one pressed him further on a controversial issue and said the Tea Party is livid about this. Innis said there was a lot of back and forth with Senator McCain at the meeting. Ingraham replied that Senator Rubio was elected due to hers and the Tea Party's efforts and that he's let them down. Innis said his group spoke to the Senate caucus before the "Gang of 8" to let their views be known.
Innis said the prosecution blew the Trayvon Martin case.
Laura Ingraham hosted Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart, 26th District of Florida.
Diaz-Balart said the House is coming up with legislation that protects the border, to know the people who are here and who have left, to help our economy and to deal with the people that are still here. He said basic principles must be addressed.
Ingraham pointed out that there are so many other issues that need to be addressed and that immigration reform isn't a priority. Diaz-Balart said that every legislation isn't perfect and that we should determine as a nation who should be here. Ingraham responded that Obama can and will use executive orders to sabotage any border security enforcement.
Diaz-Balart said the challenge is to come up with a way to force President Obama's hand to enforce immigration legislation.
Diaz-Balart said it is ironic that Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z will boycott Florida over the Zimmerman verdict and "Stand your ground" laws, but will travel to Cuba, a total dictatorship.
Bozell found for his new book Collusion that the media would not report any negative information on President Obama and hammered all his opponents. He said it continues with the IRS scandal.
Bozell said the GOP needs to realize their biggest enemies are the American media. He said the GOP should go after the press which hs said even Reagan did. He said Republican candidates should avoid liberal outlets and go to outlets such as Fox News. Ingraham said candidates have to be able defend themselves and be strong on facts and principles.
Laura Ingraham hosted Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House-Senate Joint Economic Committee,
Brady said Speaker Boehner is not looking to the Senate immigration bill for guidance and that the results will depend on how strong and united the House is whether the two bodies go to conference or not. Ingraham asked what purpose there would be in going to conference. Brady replied that there isn't a lot of good faith between the House and Senate and that the House will stand up on principle. Ingraham pointed out that immigration isn't a top issue among Americans and that the immigration bill will depress wages and jobs. Brady said his constituents are concerned about border security and that immigrants should come through the front door. He feels we will need more people to fill jobs and Ingrhaam countered that we have millions of Americans without jobs or who are underemployed.
Brady is working on defunding Obamacare and agrees with Ingraham that this is a winning issue.
Laura Ingraham hosted Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform.
Durant said her group sent a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, the "Gang of Eight", etc. pointing out how the immigration bill will negatively impact African-Americans and other minorities. Her group's message is that we are Americans first and that this bill will have be harmful to all. Her group is having a rally at Freedom Plaza on Monday at 9:30 to protest the bill. Ingraham cited how the arguments being presented by Durant's group are fact based versus emotional bromides from the immigration bill supporters.
Durant reeled off statistics buttressing her argument that this bill will depress wages, jobs. Ingraham said the bill is to the benefit of big business and politicians.
'The United States spends the most per capita on health care across all countries, lacks universal health coverage, and lags behind other high-income countries for life expectancy and many other health outcome measures,' wrote the authors of the new report, published July 10th in JAMA.
'High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at the national level are compounded by marked disparities across communities, socioeconomic groups, and race and ethnicity groups,' added the authors, led by Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
First Lady Michelle Obama has already pounced on the results:
It is one of three new papers by the institute being released simultaneously at the request of first lady Michelle Obama, who plans to present the findings to mayors of U.S. cities in an invitation-only event at the White House as part of her campaign to improve the nation's health.
Barletta said Congress is the cause of our immigration problems as well as the White House becuase laws aren't enforced that are on the books. He said when immigration is spoken of, it is always about Latinos. He said the GOP did worse after the first immigration reform. He noted that his district is heavily Hispanic and despite his tough stance on illegal immigration, he got elected to Congress. He slammed the emphasis on the plight of the illegal immigrants over those 20 million unemployed and under employed Americans. He and Ingraham stated that Americans are having their wages depressed and jobs lost due to these immigration reform efforts. He said whenever one hears the words "path to citizenship", it is totally about politics.
Barletta said he will tell House leadership that border security will help the American people and that there must be honesty on how this bill will harm the American worker. He is not sure if the House will put forth a bill.
Jobs that Americans won't do? Obamacare moving toward NHS?a
The company, Serco, has extensive experience as a government contractor with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, and it also manages air traffic control towers in 11 states and reviews visa applications for the State Department. But it has little experience with the Department of Health and Human Services or the insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, where individuals and small businesses are supposed to be able to shop for insurance.
Serco will help the Obama administration and states determine who is eligible for insurance subsidies, in the form of tax credits, and who might qualify for Medicaid. Tasks include “intake, routing, review and troubleshooting of applications,” according to the contract.
Laura Ingraham hosted Hadley Arkes, Amherst Professor of Jurisprudence.
Arkes responded to President Obama's contention that he won't interfere with religious institutions not performing same sex marriages and said that there will be litigation that will force the issue based on Justice Kennedy's opinion. He noted that over 30 states have laws on the books not allowing same sex marriage. He said that there is only one side throwing hte hate speech and that's been the same sex marriage advocates.
Arkes said same sex marriage advocates state that their beliefs are right and that now the public schools will be forced to instruct and advocate same sex marriage. He and Ingraham pointed out that holding traditional views could jeopardize applicants from getting jobs, churches getting tax exemptions, etc.. Ingraham called it the legacy of the squishy moderates.
Laura Ingraham hosted "The O'Reilly Factor" on June 21st. The "Talking Points Memo" was about how the immigration bill is being pushed through the Congress under the direction of the White House and the Gang of 8 to the detriment of Americans. Ingraham followed up by debating former George W. Bush aide Brad Blakeman who defended comprehensive immigration reform now.
Ingraham spoke to Mike Ghouse about an offensive statement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in which he asked an Indian professor if he was a member of the Taliban. They then discussed an FBI ad in which a number of Taliban mug shots are portrayed and which Congressman Jim McDermott railed against for being racist.
Ingraham talked to columnist Nile Gardiner about President Obama's speech in Berlin which they deemed as poor relative to the soaring speeches by Presidents Reagan and Kennedy in the past. Obama's declining popularity globally was also discussed.
Ingraham spoke with Geraldo Rivera about the possibility of US POW Bowe Bergdahl being exchanged for Gitmo detainees. Rivera supported the move while Ingraham questioned if a bad precedent would be established with such a move.
Ingraham discussed recent and past crime allegations against New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez with Jim Gray.
Ingraham talked to Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center about recent comments by Tom Brokaw condemning the news media of irresponsible reporting. Both contrasted the coverage conservatives receive versus liberals who are frequently given a pass on questionable stories.