Oct. 23, 2013
The World and Everything in It

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Obamacare dysfunction, fundamental government issues, public interest and marriage

Today’s news and commentator Cal Thomas on the mistreatment of the Obamacare issues, plus: TW&E reporter Jim Henry on the issues behind the healthcare rollout, a discussion on whether the public interest is benefitted by traditional marriage, feedback from TW&E listeners, and more

Program Segments

Wednesday news

Obamacare dysfunction: Renewed calls for a delay of the healthcare mandate, which threatens fines, as the rollout of Obamacare’s online storefront continues to be confusing and chaotic. Nearly a month after enrollment opened, it is still unknown when the system will be fixed. Consumer Reports magazine recently warned its readers to stay away from Healthcare.gov for at least another month.

Website breakdown: On Capitol Hill, hearings have been scheduled to look into the Obamacare breakdowns. The hearings will start with some of the contractors responsible for the rollout.

Taxpayer fraud: The Treasury Department has found that the IRS has erroneously paid out more than $132 billion dollars in earned income tax credits over the last ten years, a lot of which is due to taxpayer fraud.

Hobby Lobby: Lawyers for Hobby Lobby have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their lawsuit against Obamacare’s birth control mandate, which forces employers to indirectly pay for abortion causing drugs. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the company did not have to comply.

Business/economy: Stocks were up, but it was another peculiar example of bad economic news being good news for the stock market. 

Commentary: Exaggeration and understatements

Commentator Cal Thomas discusses the way in which the Obamacare fiasco has been handled by Washington. 

Beyond glitches: The reasons behind the failed government healthcare website

TW&E reporter Jim Henry on the actual problems that have caused healthcare.gov to fail and states that “these problems are more than just routine website glitches; they’re fundamental.”

No ‘public interest’ served by keeping marriage as a one man, one woman institution?

In this segment, Professor Robert P. George refutes the often-expressed idea that the state has no interest in the preserving marriage as an exclusive, long-term heterosexual union.

Dr. George heads the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he also serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. Robert George is also the current chairman of the U-S Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Listener feedback

A listener in South Carolina wants to know if the title for our program comes from the Bible — and if so, from which verse?

Oct. 23, 2013


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