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The Russ Cassell Show 11/6/2013 Hour 4

Nov 6, 2013|

Obamacare; Iain's call; More Kathleen Sebelius testimony; Obamacare, Medicare, Obamaphone and many other examples of government programs' waste, fraud and abuse

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This is the rust doesn't show Broward and charge my batteries specialists are good morning another busy morning on the show live in Mosul the -- hard. Right now Kathleen civilians. Be secretary of. The Department of Health and Human Services to the woman really knew if I can't figure out how she still have a job. Is testifying for the first time about all these who choose and the obamacare web site. Before the US Senate Finance Committee. And she's being questioned by various senators they're alternating. You know from a Republican to a Democrat. So we're covering that live for -- and we'll have some of that coming up in just a moment. What are reward some of these callers who have been hanging on for quite awhile. Edward on base of cell -- go. Eight. I'd echo what it -- about not complying. Outrage so late at. Grant -- up buyout or -- liberty and it. Let me about it throughout part of this but I could probably speed is gonna -- our. It I -- our apartment building that. Paris showed up at my door you respect -- video camera and you can't -- so they don't do our. To Europe but they're. Specific request in writing and going to be in the mail you'll respond and -- that matter it's not gonna communicate what I -- unless it starts. And I am not a very noble way at least for a long our. Governor can't respect and -- -- we've seen it go to the next level even here. You know want to -- rest their worst things that are. It's true. I mean you know all we do in this country -- talk about how our brave forefathers to put their lives liberty is sacred honor on the line. They won't even stand up with something like they're. Spare us but ourselves on the stand -- fighting -- -- facilities heroes that we'd be we law. You know it's best if I'm Richard got great. Yep I I I. Absolutely understand what -- saying but when the time comes. I think there will there will be a relatively. -- -- too few people. Who will have the courage to make that kind of stand. Our pet in taylors thank you for waiting. -- no problem. -- -- -- -- -- If all you need that they support the country can openly -- I'd -- galore but just Sanctuary City. And I don't pot and highest state. It's like -- drug lord don't like every day that it sanctuary state against our of our anti Obama I can't because that a federal government. And -- -- -- what leg and a -- and not becoming a BO which it by federal law. I don't think they have any leg at the answer and it's been talked about here in south Carolina's notification. And we talked about it again yesterday bill Chamblee Lester got a -- South Carolina House of Representatives. We talked to on this program yesterday with senator Tom Davis who came appear last night at a hearing on this whole thing because it's gonna be right they're near the top. The priority list windy South Carolina senate. A reconvenes coming up in January. Now is nullification to be all and end all probably not because the federal government their position. Is going to be we can pick and choose what number we want to do. And and somebody should take that all the way to the Supreme Court -- right. There's already nullification South Carolina did years ago was something called. The real ID act and large it's all about Sovereign States and we are Sovereign States standing up and saying we have no obligation. To Obey any law. That we deem unconstitutional. Now you have to read about in the founding fathers documents but. It's obvious you brought up the examples I brought up -- Look at all the Sanctuary Cities that is the nullification of federal law yesterday. A we had other states voting to legalize pot and what 25% tax I think they've passed out in Colorado that not a vacation a federal law. And -- no I don't need a federal government doesn't coming up event does not that -- why can't read it yet Sanctuary City Greenville county or whatever it no longer out. -- -- I can imagine the course there could be a downside to that -- if we were in the becomes a sanctuary states. From obamacare. I don't there would be so many people moving here -- -- We got. Good ball within the borders -- to stay. Off. Dalai Lama would -- -- hole why did this could be a flood we have to have armed guards standing at the borders. You know it's there but I like the thought South Carolina famous for its independence. As a native lived here all my life I think there's something in our genetic makeup that makes us independent so to speak. I'm an ex Yankee and I am proud to -- Laden or not -- -- regular -- that -- quite the bank. There you go thank you to have one more here -- in Gaffney high. -- after Erica morning -- I've been praying every day for you -- your wife your badly out of answers your prayers thank you so much. I just want to look go along with some the other callers like he had earlier. And you know you mention a few minutes ago when the time arms well. You know are a lot but I think that time is come when we as Americans. That actually our country. Changing and triggering a wave that's something that's completely unrecognizable. -- so I think it's the time is now for -- to stand up why I drew one little. Not comply. What -- obamacare law to whatever degree I have to go. I I'm not alone obviously at a number of callers just recently support that back there. A lot you know we get it would get on the radio we could talk about it weakened. Complain how would go only -- complain how our state legislature may or may not be handling things horse from this state. I think it's time for the people just stand up and say no no I ought not comply. You know -- -- boys there's not been occurred obviously. If you look at the polls if you believe. The polls anyway I mean and and I don't know how are you can't but well if -- -- percent of Americans say now. I think our voices have been heard and think they're being ignored because. What do what Obama and the people who really support him what they are really counting on is. How I'd put this Chris they're counting on people being afraid. A free and their government. And -- and it's one thing not to trust them in I don't know why anybody would trust them. One thing to be angry at them but you have to get to the point where you're not afraid. Of them. Well I think wrecked the point where we need to make that stand we need this surcharge shall decide who and what we all in this country that will. And make that decision but we need to make it now I'm a number of -- just recently I'd like all the and I share what you know I've been feeling this way paper. Tree and a half years three fears are like it's ever been hurt. Let's stand up and now a lot I don't I'm not I'm not for want so thank you applaud those who are calling in that field I'm wife. -- appreciate -- much. -- does senator Pat Roberts Kansas questioning Kathleen Sebelius right now this is live. US Senate Finance Committee because from members of congress here proceeded to open -- changes on -- -- on the October 1. I immediately followed by a taxpayer funded promotional tour to tell everyone quote is sort of a great problem -- Well Kansas don't think these are great problems to have. From your hometown of -- Stephen wrote I am completely disgusted. I've spent the last two days trying to get my application through this would not be a critical issue except the insurance coverage. That I currently have is going away because of the new federal requirements. Though we were promised if you like your current coverage you can keep it. Madam secretary you yourself know that this law has serious problems you do laid over half of the mandate deadlines. You did it for employers or unions and for small business but not for these changes and out for Stephen. -- -- for millions of other Americans are losing their health care and their worry and their fear are palpable. Your main goals should have been to protect Americans to lessen their risk and to ensure their safety. But in years -- to implement this law not warnings not advised not council would deter your from implementing the exchanges. You have said America should hold you -- accountable. Which is -- today madam secretary I repeat my request for you to resign thank you mr. chairman. I think Saturn. Mr. Menendez. Thank you chairman -- and secretary thank you for joining us this morning. You know while the problems we're facing what the marketplace web -- are substantial unacceptable yourself described that way. And need to be fixed immediately that I -- that take a second and put things and historical perspective. Social securities acts old age insurance plan facing hurdles. Problems beset Social Security. Social Security setup insane. Medicare facing trouble crisis for Medicare. New problems in Medicare drug benefit. The Medicare drug mess. Those -- headlines of the thirties sixties. And early. Of this decade. About major. Programs. That have become beloved. In terms of the social safety net in this country and health care security. So while this is on excusable by the same token if it is a challenge that has been based time and time. When any major program has been. Unveil and now. I find it amazing that those who seek to us that the ascribe blame on the same folks who have spent every. Waking hour of the last four years. Working to dismantle. Destroy. Obstruct. And impede the success of the affordable care. They're concerned not about its failure. They're concerned about its success. And so I hope that what will focus on is how do we succeed now. -- I wanna get a sense when those of us on the committee -- worked to put this bill together do I guess we were on the faulty assumption. Is that states controlled. By a Republican legislatures and governors. Would put higher premium on their love of state rights and the opportunity for their citizens. Is then their dislike of the president or some ideological political. Opposition. Which is why we're seeing far better success than in. Those states that have establish their own marketplace what is the consequence. Having so many of the states not pursue their own marketplace in delegating it to the federal government. I don't did you envision having that many states -- not open up their own marketplace and what's been the -- -- -- of the burden of well senator I would say we we really didn't know we knew that. 27 states had sued M -- around the constitutionality. Of the bill. There was a uncertainty what would happen if the court when the court declared constitutional. How those states would then. I react summit have chosen a sort of partnership where we still rom com. The bulk of the exchange others have refused to participate at all and I would say that uncertainty. -- certainly added to that uncertainty. How large the operation would be having said that we. Did have deadlines. In January of thirteen forced states to officially declare whether they would run there. Own marketplace or not and by the middle of February. A partnership plan but we we have 36 states who are using the federal -- at this point and that's I think significantly higher than. People might have predicted initially. At the at the -- other plan we have robust. Product offerings in those marketplaces. Very competitive about a fourth of the insurers are brand new. Which is a very good news to a lot of the people who have been in a monopoly market for a very long time they have choices they have competition and that was. Isn't it fair to say -- it -- and by the way they're talking about states like South Carolina so the problem. That old us. Stuff is so screwed up are you buying debt. Ingles advantage talk -- numbers -- 2329673. Spartanburg 5749673. WORD -- line number 713307. -- not gonna comply with -- obamacare or the fine if they show up at my house we will all have a bad day. -- I'm a small business in traveler's rest I don't think did anyone in government really wants to help me. I gotta tell you folks. Why would anybody believe that. -- the government doesn't control the health care system the thousands of doctors and nurses controlled health care system. What are the liberals going to do. If the doctors and hospitals don't go along with obamacare is already out there -- a lot of doctors even some hospitals you leave hospitals. Are saying we're not. But I I think you're wrong can Obama -- the government does control healthcare. Through the through all the regulations they're trying to control. The the health insurance industry. You know who are day to say that some policies are sub standard. -- by listening to Sebelius tried to talk technical. Reveals to me she doesn't open the deal when she's talking about if nothing else she's definitely incompetent. -- I MA computer and network operator and installation technician. Military trained you do not need to be alive to test the entire system from front to end or end to end. The whole system is a -- -- to fail bill not to work. Bill to cost more damage worth on purpose. If people doubt that statement I challenge you to prove me wrong by following the money it doesn't -- unlike the Obama administration. And site administrative team. Which are lying through their teeth. -- since violating any part of the contract makes that contract -- buoyed by the way that's not necessarily true. Should the same thing applied to Obama lying about obamacare. -- your current topic is why I have such disdain. For all the educated idiots in this country. This is just another Obama we -- and we -- the ropes. He won't let us see the right hand and smacked us with a left literally. All the while grinning and smiling at how easy it was to dupe the American people. It has happened time and time again we keep allowing him to do it and even though we now know. All of this is happening the Republican. -- shed is on the fix in on the deception. There's some of the text messages coming and so far this morning a couple of other things. All the excuses being offered. All the revelations. About obamacare. There may be a simple solution. Representative Fred Upton is a Republican from Michigan. He has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would actually allow individuals to keep their current insurance policies. Senator Mary -- She's a Democrat from the -- Deanna. Has introduced a village called keeping the Affordable Care Act promises act. These are laws forcing to -- blow up Obama to keep his promise. Who could be oppose what Harry Reid is and some Democrats senators -- Force Obama's hand. Bring these things up put into the test. Is Obama. And the Democrats I I guess they'd still Perry reborn. Also talking about web sites. The independent women's voice. Has set up a web site and it does work. It's called mind cancellation dot com. They are collecting some of you may want to log on to this because you're -- me text messages that you've been informed that your policies being canceled. My cancellation dot com. -- shallow. Washington examiner knows all the cancellation letters begin. With pretty much the same thing. Here's one. Due to changes handed down by the federal government and the patient protection and Affordable Care Act. Some -- our plans do not meet the minimum requirements. Outlined by Health Care Reform if you got a letter that says that. But Thomas Wilson writes in a historical moment where the president has lost touch with reality. The collection of actual people facing actual consequences. Is invaluable. And he says the independent women's voice. It is a sister organization to the independent women's or -- both groups deserve credit here. Mine cancellation. Dot com. Obama canceled your health insurance now they say send us your letter. The letter you're getting it in the back at my cancellation dot com and one more thing which is very telling I didn't know that there's still this morning. Here's a guy named Robert Payer. The rights with the New York Times. And he is revealed something amazing. That the Obama administration is claiming. That obamacare doesn't have to meet get this folks the same. Anti corruption standards applied to whether -- here's what he writes. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program and decades. But the Obama administration has ruled. That neither the federal insurance exchange. Nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low income people. Our quote quote federal health care programs. So what Obama cares not a federal health care program. He -- the surprise decision disclosed last week. Exams. Subsidized health insurance from a law. That -- rebates kickbacks bribes. And certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs. Which what does that do it -- law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight for -- did. In other health care programs for example like Medicare. But Obama says not really federal health care program that lord doesn't apply. So we can do all the kickbacks we want bribes all we want we can do pretty much anything we want. -- concludes the main purpose. I'm the anti kickback law. As described by federal courts in scores of Medicare cases. It's to protect patients and taxpayers against the undue influence of money on medical decisions. So -- right claiming that obamacare is not a federal health care program is another who're you going to believe me for instance. He says those of us who detected Marxist influences in Barack Obama's past. Apparently failed to realize that the marks in question. Was -- I gotta get what he's gone for their gradual march but I mean this is -- or did you know I didn't know. But there it is in the New York Times. They've ruled that neither the exchange nor the subsidies. Our federal health care programs and therefore are exempt. From lol. Did -- -- kickbacks bribes. And rebates. So what does the gist of that it means they know it's full of fraud. They know it's going to be full of fraud the hole is a fraud. And the laws don't apply to them why. -- 1126. Quick break local news coming up next. This is the Russ castle show. Howard and charge my batteries specialists aren't getting hot at these Senate Finance Committee senator John Cornyn ticking on Kathleen civilian and repeated time and time again. And the only thing I can conclude is that. It's impossible. To do something in this administration that gets you fired. It's impossible. He can lie to the American people you can consistently misrepresent the facts but it's impossible. To get fired so don't ask you about the navigators. The presence in Dallas Texas today touting the navigator program. Which as you know is -- people who were hired to help people navigate. The Affordable Care Act. But I would just like to ask you this question if you would answer it. Isn't it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check. Even though they will receive personal. Sensitive personal information from the individuals they help sign up for the affordable care. That is true states could add an additional. Background checks and other features but it is not part of the federal requirements so convicted felon. Could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them. That is possible. We have contracts with the organizations. And they have taken the responsibility. To. A screen there individual. Navigators and make sure that they are a sufficiently trained for the job. And there's a self access station but it is possible. Thank you senator very much December. But thank you mr. chairman that. The secretary nice to see you I want to start with a letter from Steve and a small business owner and Hudson won the most conservative suburbs Akron suburbs. In our state he said. I'm a father and small business owner I begin my business in 2009 decide to quit might state job it's the best decision I ever made a more successful to date and I ever would have imagined. But no company would -- -- health insurance it wasn't that I couldn't afford it. But I did I didn't wanna pay the cost they couldn't get insurance at any price due to preexisting conditions now thanks Affordable Care Act my family is now ensure oval. I get letters like this all the time I think we all do what I did there from all kinds of people from all kinds of walks of life that that this matters to them wanted to ask you this site -- and just spoke of the difficulty of implementing a huge social insurance program if you will. The difficulty of opening Social Security -- -- Medicare. You can go back to your -- junior senior high school I think in senator Portman hometown. When your father -- a member of congress that -- year voted for Medicare. I and I I am I suppose he shared stories with you about the opposition in those days. On the leading Republican politicians like congressman dole and congressman Rumsfeld and congressman's fight Gerald Ford voted against it. -- is that John Birch Society. Insurance companies the AMA opposed Medicare. In fact it doesn't -- rolling out of it was so controversial especially because of Medicare. Resulted in integrating southern hospitals. In if you think this is controversial what's happening now imagine the difficulty a year after civil rights and less any -- the time the voting rights passing. That Medicare forced hospitals to integrate so -- this whole view that. This is so controversial this is so unprecedented. When your -- lot of new program but the the important thing I think is. Five years later five years later people look back on Medicare but what was the big deal. Why were people so oppose this is working for our country so tell me five years from now or 45 years from now 48 years after Medicare now. What what are people gonna say about the Affordable Care Act in five years and in 48 years. I'm hopeful that come this will be another. Significant step forward in ensuring that all Americans have. Access to affordable health coverage which is not. While we can claim today where the only western. Country which doesn't have that. Health care as a basic right. And I think this is a significant. Feature for not only uninsured. Americans and they will have access for the first time. Either to Medicaid expansion or to. Affordable plans in the marketplace. But also. Those individuals who have been referred to a number of times in the individual market. Kind of glass marketplace where they don't. Enjoy the consumer protections that every other person who has helped carry in their workplace enjoys no pre existing condition limitations. Unknown medical underwriting virtually a 100% of people in the individual market are medically underwritten if you're healthy that's great. If you're not healthy. February and in terrible trouble and these are folks who want health insurance and there because. They want health insurance so I think this is a significant. Stepped forward and and one that we will look. Back on hopefully and and the apply the day that. We finally made this significant step seventy years. God I did that happen at the at the authority folks really -- like a few minutes last year. So the question is -- you look back -- Medicare you notice and doing inject a little civil rights lingo and their make it about race. And then five years from now when -- 'cause Medicare so great you know scorn broke its unsustainable. Medicaid is expanding an alarming levels how we pay for all that they're at the end to what's coming. It's a piece -- shared with you earlier from American spectator there's there's gonna have to be a proposed bailout. Because all of the stuff sounds great but. I'd even pay for. How you gonna pay for. You can't pay for. Five years from now. You've got to be kidding me. If obamacare keeps going and turns out to be the disaster -- -- is. But it but it's still federal law and unless people a -- stand up and say what do earlier caller said we're not gonna comply. If if obamacare still broke and down the tracks to the train wreck. This did this country won't even here in five years. -- -- It -- billions and the liberals -- -- You know she said you know health care as a right folks there's a difference between health care. And health insurance to you know the difference between health care and health insurance. No one in this country is denied. Health care. When you get sick enough you can go to any emergency room. Emergency room and by -- mall you cannot be denied. Health care. All this talk about access is a bunch of -- Just don't know what do you think the definition of health care is what you think it should be. And get -- hang nail. You want somebody to pay for that. Running to the five years from -- you -- is -- to the phones here quickly Michael on a cellphone I'm Mike. I just want -- and I'll read a lot. -- our jet boats and one count it. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Maybe. You're our -- our marriage -- followed then it's true because that IR is so -- is that if I had to pick one way or the other probably not. They'll just tell congress don't just take you away I mean -- -- because they can't take the risk that a jury. Would consistently hold people innocent. Like I'm a lot so he's adept on your -- can't. But the comedy and addressed -- and nobody got now that. Kaplan to then -- flash you'll have a lot to perpetual crawl by and you don't want like. Well notably -- had similar thoughts this lemon on -- you're looking at her on television. She looks like. The biggest cold hearted because -- be dodged that that I just about every scene and testify before congress I mean I'm just Alan. -- rights and Grady and Woodruff quickly hi Randy. Yeah rushers throughout concentration camps and I don't stop there we got the Muslim camps all over the United States. The next buying every collecting rapist -- -- veterans. Dictate their net and it can't pay their bills. And then there bill more concentration camps and everybody knows where fresh don't. It's one -- polish people don't stand up and -- -- it's going to be here a full week and even try to write like. They get is here I think get the house. -- thank you sir 1145 back after this quick break. Right senator Johnson just saying can't you just be honest with the American people. What things that. When people were sold this it was based upon -- and I just I think it's a tragedy that the American people. Bought into this and then you all knew full well wasn't going to be the case thank senator. Thank you very much so Isaacson. Thank you mr. chairman. Are made so it didn't get a response there from -- -- but he was saying listen you guys knew all this we knew you lied why weren't you just honest with the American people. And say hey we got this wrong. Let's delay it what you can't force people to comply with something and I could just put a period there. Is -- people as you know willing to stand up when they think something is wrong. But you really can't -- -- of the Asian people to comply with something that they can't even understand or don't even if you can't even sign up for. Some of the text messages Ross spent nearly a decade on an ambulance. And -- if you did that you'll understand why what are our healthcare goes and why it's broke I once answered a call. For somebody who called for overdosing on marijuana. Another four busted lip stupid is running the country and stupid is causing our country to go broken failed. Maybe the Democrats should avert all efforts toward fixing stupid. And we may be able to get this thing fixed until then we're doomed. -- remember that little girl. That was denied health care because. That that she needed by Kathleen Sebelius the only was talking about denying us the right to health care. Are the left and Obama if we're not deemed worthy they able deny history but again they accuse us of what they are doing. -- every time a Democrat as -- turn to speak they talk about Medicare having such a troublesome roll out but everyone likes it now. I need to remind the good senators that Medicare is a waste fraud and abuse nightmare. If Medicare so good then why not -- -- Medicare instead of this obamacare -- garbage. Watch what the senators won't say is what they really believe Medicare is a mess. And obamacare will become a nightmare. That spirals. Out of control. -- couldn't agree more. And it just also proves the other theory. That is -- bad does it may be and it's unsustainable as it may be. They want you give people hope to on it. All they just think it's the greatest thing in the world -- people listening right now they Medicare's greatest thing in the world. Think Medicaid's -- thing in the world their people listing that they go Social Security greatest thing in the world really based on what. They are all on sustainable. There is no way. You almost can't -- enough money. To fulfill all the promises that have been made that can never be kept. We talked all week about Obama -- Made promises that he knew relies if you would like your big health care plan if you like your doctor Bob Bob Bob Bob Bob that you can keep it -- -- -- An even bigger -- Then what Obama and civilians have told us about obamacare. Is the -- that many people were sold. When it concerns Social Security look at this this week. I I don't have time to go into adapt to Ponzi scheme. Plain and simple. -- made up in jail it's a federal Ponzi scheme there is no account up there where they put the money when you get pay. It's fraud and abuse Social Security managers and same morning. New figures coming out every day about the fraud. And abuse speaking of fraud and abuse just couple things to think on today. The FCC has just announced that the obamacare Obama phone program called lifeline. They were wrong fraud and abuse -- has surpassed. Two million. People. Weekly standard continuing crackdown on the federal government's lifeline program sometimes known as Obama phones the FCC. Has revealed that fraud and abuse in the program. Exceeded two million subscribers. That two million figure is up from one point one. In an FCC press released just a month ago. Fraud and abuse but I middle of people think that Obama phone program just greatest thing in the world don't care about fraud abuse -- The federal government spent 29 million dollars on prescription drugs for illegal aliens. These Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Spent almost 29. Million dollars to cover Medicare part. 44139. Individuals quote quote unlawfully present in the United States. Fraud. And abuse all that Medicare is great thing in the world. I mean it's every -- You look should be able to remember that. Greg -- out today from the national legal and policy center. General Motors had another disappointing month of sales for its much tried green wonder car in October. Sales for the Chevy Volt plunged over 31%. Down to just over 2000 units for the month. To put the numbers in perspective. Toyota sells that many Toyota camrys in about two days. So the cost to the taxpayers because this was Obama as answer. Fifteen. Million. Dollars. The loss to taxpayers for federal tax credits of 7500 dollars per vehicle. Tallies up to 151000165000. Dollars in October. Fraud waste abuse. 1154. The last time I leave you now staging Rush Limbaugh coming up next don't forget right before 1 o'clock the next cold. And good lord willing we will see you again tomorrow folks thanks for listening. And just leave it right here all day long live -- local WORD. 1063. News talk in sports.