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Monday, October 4th, 2010

ObamaCare: A Painful Shot In The Wallet
Sean mentioned an article which appeared in the NY Post { Article}about rising premium costs under Obamacare. Contrary to what Democrats and “The Anointed One” promised, numerous benefit professionals are seeing massive medical premium hikes and decreased benefits. Employers, and ultimately taxpayers, may receive quite a sticker shock as companies begin to renew employees medical benefits for 2011. The reason for the increase is because insurance companies, faced with higher costs after the passage of a giant health reform measure, plan to pass most of the costs onto consumers, according to several industry observers. The additional costs for the insurance companies include: covering dependents up to 26-year-olds as well as pre-existing conditions of new enrollees and coverage for the currently uninsured. In fact, fast food giant McDonald's announced this week that it may drop its health-care plan for 30,000 employee s unless it gets a waiver on the annual coverage.

Meet The Candidate: Dino Rossi
Dino Rossi, the Republican challenger battling incumbent Sen. Patty Murray in Washington joined Sean to discuss his campaign. “We have an incumbent who has an eighteen year record of taxing and spending and growing government that is indefensible,” said Rossi. “So what we’re going to do is just compare and contrast what the incumbent has done with what we want to do. People are starting to weigh in now and voters are beginning to realize that we can win this thing,” the GOP challenger added. Rossi is locked in a statistical dead heat with Murray but feels confident that he will prevail in the end. For more on candidate Dino Rossi click here.

Scott Rasmussen And Michael Barone On November Elections
In the show’s third hour, Sean welcomed pollster Scott Rasmussen and Washington Examiner writer Michael Barone to the program. Rasmussen painted a favorable picture for the GOP headed into November. “I think the overall story line is that Republicans are set to pick up six Senate seats that are clearly headed in their direction, which would get them to forty seven. There are four states that we count as toss ups – Illinois, Nevada, West Virginia and Washington.” Republicans would have to win all four of those states to win majority in the Senate. The GOP faces quite the battle if they hope to win in West Virginia. “West Virginia hasn’t voted for a Republican Senator since 1956,” Barone added. The one issue that may help secure a victory is the Democrats' push for Cap and Tax. “West Virginia is a coal state, it’s an industrial state,” Barone explained. “They don’t buy shutting down carbon emission s totally because it would shut down their state economy.”

Show Guests

Michael Barone

Michael Barone is senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner. A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is also a Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

Scott Rasmussen

Scott W. Rasmussen (born circa 1955) is an American public opinion pollster. He is the founder and president of Rasmussen Reports. He also co-founded the sports network ESPN, and is currently president of the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, where he resides.