The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Brad & Jonathan Harris (Commissioner from Department of Consumer Protection)
Brad and Carol Cadet (Nurse and Family Advocate from Keep Me Home)

Fox News Radio's SIMON OWEN (Live from Athens, Greece) Frustrated European leaders gave Greece until Sunday to reach an agreement to save its collapsing economy from catastrophe after an emergency summit meeting here on Tuesday ended without the Athens government offering a substantive new proposal to resolve its debt crisis. "The situation is really critical and unfortunately we can’t exclude the black scenarios of no agreement," said Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, warning that those scenarios included "the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system" and great pain for the Greek people. Also looming ever larger was the prospect of Greece leaving the European currency union.

PAUL KETCHEL A healthcare policy veteran, he served as an aide to Senate majority leader Bill Frist and as an industry lobbyist. He's founder and CEO of "MDSave," a successful healthcare startup that offers discounted online healthcare procedures to patients with out-of-pocket expenses. He also served as CEO of "Diagnostics Network Alliance," and as director for "American Capitol Group," a government relations firm which represents more than 60 clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining American Capitol Group, Paul was Director of Government Relations for Elanex Pharma Group International. YOU'RE ABOUT TO PAY A LOT MORE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE IN 2016
Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans - market leaders in many states - are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

State Consumer Protection Commissioner JONATHAN HARRIS Jonathan discussed moving scams that people need to be aware of that are happening. Scammers have been stealing personal belongings and taking money without completing any work. Ways to prevent being scammed by movers is getting recommendations about the company, doing research on moving companies, making sure that the moving company is insured and not paying upfront. WEBSITE: Department of Consumer Protection CONTACT NUMBER: (860) 713-6100

Carol Cadet (Nurse and Family Advisor Keep Me Home) Carol discussed the comradery of the staff at Keep me home. She also discussed the services that are available to people to include live in care, transportation to appointments and improvements to the home to make it safer environment. WEBSITE: Keep Me Home CONTACT NUMBER: (877)302-2323

LIS WIEHL (Fox News legal analyst and author of "Lethal Beauty.") (Fox calls us) TOPIC 1- NATHAN COLLIER: MONTANA MAN INSPIRED BY SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING REQUESTS RIGHT TO WED TWO WIVES Nathan Collier said he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision that made marriage equal. He said he was particularly struck by the words of dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed giving gay couples the right to marry, might inspire polygamy. And so this week, Mr Collier and his two wives, Victoria and Christine, entered a courthouse in Billings, Montana, and sought an application to legalize the trio's polygamous union, "Right now we're waiting for an answer." "I have two wives because I love two women and I want my second wife to have the same legal rights and protection as my first." TOPIC 2- OREGON SILENCES BAKERS WHO REFUSED TO MAKE CAKE FOR GAY WEDDING That's what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) is telling the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Christians who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. The state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away. The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers - banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. "This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights," Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook. "According to the state of Oregon, we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech." TOPIC 3- NORTH CAROLINA CHURCH TO FLY CHRISTIAN FLAG OVER AMERICAN A North Carolina church has sparked a debate with its decision to fly the Christian flag above Old Glory. In what some are calling a battle between faith and patriotism, North Carolina pastor Rit Varriale defends flying a Christian flag above the American flag at his Elizabeth Baptist Church against critics who call his 'God is first' display 'unpatriotic and offensive.' Elizabeth Baptist Church held a flag raising ceremony Sunday to hoist the Christian flag above the stars and stripes.

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