Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
CNN Top Heroes of 2013
Miguel Alvarez and Maurice Rowland
Former Milwaukee Brewer Latroy Hawkins
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Paul Anthony Ciancia
Halloween letter writer
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation...Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage. The cheapest [replacement] plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don't qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined. ‘It doesn't seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,’ said Harris, who is three months pregnant. ‘This increase is simply not affordable’."
The LA Times
“It’s more than the website. It’s because this law itself is built from an architecture, a foundation, that’s just not workable. The point is they said ‘everything is fine, the law is going to be OK. We are ready to roll it out. We won’t have any problems.’ People should know that we tried to prevent this from happening in the first place by fighting a law we did not intend. Then we tried giving people relief from the law by delaying it. That was rejected and now we are living with this law.”
In an exclusive interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, WI Congressman Paul Ryan said the problems with the Affordable Care Act extend far beyond website malfunctions.
"We would have done this" for a fraction of the price, "and it would have been working perfectly. But we were turned away.”
Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Bay Area global cloud provider Salesforce.com.
“From the beginning, President Obama’s statements about how you can keep your insurance, your premiums won’t go up will go down in history, conceivably at least, it looks like it, as the biggest single domestic policy lie in presidential history. It is just simply factually untrue and there is copius data, copius video of him saying these things.”
Jonah Goldberg, at-large editor of National Review Online, when discussing the President’s prior statements on how the Affordable Care Act would allow people to keep their insurance and that premiums wouldn’t go up.
“The longer the ObamaCare problems persist, the more they could bolster the “almost American value that government is inefficient. There is a lingering kind of effect. It matters not only because the public may have an inherent skepticism. It puts the ball on the tee for your critics and the late-night comics.”
Michael Dimock, the director of the Pew Research Center
“For White House veterans, this week has reminded them of the intensely negative publicity, scrutiny and skepticism that surrounded the administration’s initially plodding response to the Gulf oil spill. In those difficult days, Obama and senior officials realized nothing could be communicated about cleanup efforts or economic intervention to assist affected states until, as several officials phrased it then, someone ‘plugged the damn hole’ spewing oil into the Gulf. Now, officials here privately concede, the White House cannot convey anything memorable about the new healthcare law until someone ‘fixes the damn web site.’ The great difference with the web site, unlike the drilling platform that exploded in the Gulf, is the administration created the healthcare law and the web site, said one official. ‘We can’t escape it and we will have to face all the criticism until we get it right’.”
The NY Times
“If she decides to run, you will have the single most qualified person ever to run for President of the United States."
Actor/director Rob Reiner referring to Hillary Clinton.
“Being a Christian ain’t en vogue nowadays. To which I offer this challenge to the naysayers: Go ahead, ridicule God, mock his standards and do the opposite of what his word says. Go for it. I dare you. Also, continue to morph boys into sensitive little girls. Mandate that the Marines wear girly covers. Make the rest of our military kinder and gentler. Exalt metrosexuality, skinny jeans and weepy men who wear long scarfs and women’s deep V T-shirts. Knock yourself out.
“In addition, continue to elect spineless and vapid narcissists to office. The more the merrier. Blow off traditional values and elevate the freakiest stuff known to mankind. Let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens when EBT cards and an entitlement culture take root in this formally can-do nation. Go for it, no nuts. Go ahead and say character doesn’t matter and ridicule masculine traits. I’m sure China, Islam, Russia, and our neighbors down south and Communists worldwide will cheer you on and support your push for Emasculation Nation.”
Conservative columnist and minister Doug Giles
“Sometimes it makes me feel guilty now that I am in this profession that makes certain girls insecure. I always say, I don’t look like the picture . . . If you put me in bad light with no hair and makeup, it’s not good . . . I wake up sometimes like, this is not what I see when I look at the magazine, who is this visitor in the bathroom?”
Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
More ObamaCare screw-ups.
New Benghazi details.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Big ObamaCare winner? PP
Veterans may face another employment hurdle.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Again, the latest developments in the ObamaCare disaster, and again, rightfully so.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK