The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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KEVIN RENNIE (Political blogger, Hartford Courant columnist and former GOP state legislator) Kevin checked back in for a quick local election re-cap. Were there any major upsets last night? How did the major parties end up doing statewide?

CHRIS TURNER (Founder and CEO of TRUMP RIPS CARSON: ‘BEN CAN'T DO THE JOB' Donald Trump challenged Dr Ben Carson's fitness for office on Tuesday, saying "Ben can't do the job." . Trump blasted Carson after another new poll showed the retired neurosurgeon taking the lead over the business mogul nationally. A brand new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Carson leading Trump, 29-23 percent, among GOP primary voters. Asked about the findings on Fox News, Trump said he doesn't know what it is about Carson that's attracting a following. "I like Ben, but Ben can't do the job, I mean there's no question about it," Trump said. "He's not going to be able to negotiate with China. It's not his thing ... It's not in his wheelhouse, he's never done it before, and I don't think it's, you know, meant for him." Trump went on to call Carson "very weak on immigration" and called his position on Medicare the "end of his campaign." Trump asserted that Carson wants to end Medicare, though Carson recently told "Fox News Sunday" that's no longer the case. Carson said he changed his mind after talking to a lot of economists. "That was the old plan," Carson recently "Fox News Sunday," saying he now prefers so-called health savings accounts as an alternative to Medicare.

DANNY O'CONNELL (Health insurance expert who runs the Benefit Resource Group) IN YEAR 3, MANY HIT WITH OBAMACARE STICKER SHOCK Sign-up season started Sunday for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, now in year 3. Premiums are going up an average of 7.5 percent, but they could be much higher depending on where you live. Self-employed accountant Fred Imel of Oklahoma buys insurance for his family through the Health Insurance Marketplace. He just learned his premiums are going up from $1,100 per month, to $1,700. That means Imel could pay $20,000 next year for health insurance -- an increase of 66 percent. "The first job when I got out of school was $16,500," Imel said. "You know that's a lot of money." The Affordable Care Act requires every state to set up a marketplace for the uninsured or allow the federal government to do so. But when some insurance providers back out of that market place, as some did in Fred Imel's state, consumers pay more. Premiums vary widely and are actually decreasing in a few places. Indiana is down 12.6 percent, and Mississippi is down 8 percent. But in most states, premiums are rising, up 31.5 percent in Alaska and up nearly 36 percent in Oklahoma. Why isn't the Affordable Care Act more affordable? How can prices be rising so quickly? Are the people Obamacare was designed for are worse off than before?

ELAINA NEWPORT (A member of the "Capitol Steps") The Capitol Steps are appearing tomorrow night, at 8 p.m., at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The Capitol Steps are an American political satire group. The group has been performing since 1981, and has released over forty albums consisting primarily of song parodies. Originally consisting exclusively of congressional staffers performing around Washington, D.C., the troupe now primarily employs professional actors and singers. The Capitol Steps have performed on PBS, public radio and in various small- and medium-sized venues around the United States. Our guest, Eliana Newport, a founding member of the Capitol Steps, has been with the group since 1981. She worked for seven years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Charles Percy and then, after his untimely defeat, for Senator Alfonse D'Amato, who was also defeated. Although she has worked for two Republicans, Elaina considers herself an extreme moderate, and although she is married to a former Clinton appointee, she denies responsibility for having caused any of the scandals which later became song material!!

JONATHAN HARRIS (State Consumer Protection Commissioner) LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO The Commissioner was in to talk about the recall of Lane Chests that automatically lock posing a safety concern for children, charity fraud protection and what consumers should do if they have any questions or concerns. CONTACT NUMBER: (860)713-6050

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