THE ED SHOW
October 29, 2013
Guest: Wendell Potter, Dr. Corey Hebert, Dave Zirin, James Peterson, David
Stockman, Eleanor Holmes Norton
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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: ObamaCare is the test of this
ED SCHULTZ, MSNBC HOST: . it sure is real important.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And today it hangs in the balance of a website or a
promise here and there.
BARRACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It doesn`t mean a
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well the President said and what
everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought
about by the Affordable Care Act.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If the President knew that these letters were coming
that raises some serious questions about the sales job of ObamaCare.
OBAMA: These folks need to stop scaring everybody.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why are you cutting these people from their insurance?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, David, we`re not cutting people. We`re actually
CARNEY: Create minimum standards of coverage. Minimum services that every
insurance plan has to put up.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If he does not succeeding with ObamaCare from the
expense of liberalism, I think they`ll be sent back a full generation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I refuse to see this country and all of us shrink from
these struggles which are our responsibility in our time because what we
are now talking about in our children`s day will seem to be the ordinary
business in government.
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SCHULTZ: Wow, JFK versus Ronald Reagan talking about Medicare and
healthcare back in the day. Two political icons in American history and of
course it was realized under LBJ. And I think that we`re going through a
little bit of this right now, big time. 30 years from now, we`re going to
be thinking about, "Gosh, Obama had a lot of negativity on him."
You know, there is so much negativity right now that`s taking place in the
media. I find it absolutely amazing. It`s almost as if we`re afraid to
say a positive statement about healthcare for millions of Americans.
Let`s start with the numbers tonight if we can. ObamaCare by the Gallup
Poll was at 41 percent with the American people back in August. In October
it was at 45 percent. It`s gaining in popularity. The more we hear about
it, the more people realize it. But I know we`re fixated on websites right
You know what? I think that network reporters throughout the entire
industry maybe caught in a dilemma that ObamaCare is so positive and going
to have such a tremendous impact on American life and American society.
It`s setting the foundation for better changes in the future. I think that
network reporters and people on TV are having a hard time saying something
nice about it or positive about it because they might be viewed as
journalistically compromised. They`re not really showing a great deal of
integrity if they say something positive about ObamaCare.
Here is the point. There are absolutes. And if you go to a free
healthcare clinic and if you run into someone who hasn`t seen a doctor for
seven years and that person has stage four breast cancer, believe me, it
will change you.
All of that is going to be changed under ObamaCare, but in the meantime
there`s an awful lot of misinformation floating around television about
ObamaCare these days. So let me just take a few minutes to set the record
straight tonight. Let`s start with perception about what America is going
through. When I was in London last week, I tweeted out man on the street,
a conversation in UK. Why does you media want healthcare to fail?
Now, where in the world would they ever get that idea? Take a look at some
of the reporting over the last few days.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Millions of people right now can`t -- either holding
their hands up in distress. Number one, because they`re losing their
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: More than two million Americans have been told they
cannot renew their current health insurance policies.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And that is more than tripled the number of people
said to be buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He discovered the White House officials were aware that
between 40 to 67 percent of individuals will not be able to keep their
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The real problem is that people weren`t told the truth.
You can remember they were told that they would be able to keep their
policies if they liked them.
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SCHULTZ: Oh, lots of accusations floating around. Who`s lying? Lots of
numbers being thrown out there whether they`re correct or not? Well let`s
get to the chase.
Let`s start tonight by giving you the Paul Harvey rest of the story. 14
million people in this country purchase insurance on the individual
marketplace. If you purchase health insurance from an individual
marketplace, there are no changes made to your plan if you can keep it.
Amazing, isn`t it? You`re grandfather didn`t.
Now, however, if your insurer, meaning the insurance company makes changes
to your plan like changing a premium or deductible or you`re plan is no --
and you`re is no longer valid. OK, you would get a cancellation notice.
And that`s what`s going on right now and be forced to upgrade to a plan
with standards under the Affordable Care Act.
Folks, this is all about standards. These 14 million people that buy
insurance on the individual marketplace, some of them are going to get
these notices because they have, I can`t use the S word, they have crappy
Raising the standards of health care in America and making sure insurance
companies live up and actually deliver what their suppose to is what
ObamaCare is all about. Now I would to assume if a network anchor were to
say something like that, they might get call on the carpet for saying
All plans created after 2014 will have to meet the standards which is good
for consumers. Oh, that`s positive, we can`t say that. The whole point is
that we`re going to be getting rid of junk insurance plans that really
haven`t delivered anything for the American people in a positive way.
For example, consumer reports analyzed a number of low-quality plans, they
found in some cases junk plans are worsen, no insurance at all. For
example, if you were on a fixed benefit indemnity plan, it could look like
something like this. The cost of your plan is still going to be $450 a
month. You can get a $100 a piece for five doctor`s visit. $50 a year for
screenings and tests and $1000 a day for up to 30 days in the hospital, and
you might think when you sign onto this whole, that`s really good, really?
Let me put that in perspective. The average hospital stay cost over $1700
a day I mean if you get really sick, this plan is going to hangout to dry
financially and on top of it, you`re still paying $450 a month for health
insurance which is junk, the whole point of health reform is to do a way
with plans like this.
They are essential health benefits offered with ObamaCare. This is what we
call new standards that must be provided to consumers. Why does that get
reported by all the people who think that, well, 40 to 60 percent of the
people are going to be losing her insurance, over 2 million, 2 million
people on this country, Charlie have got lousy insurance and Obama is
trying to do something about it. That`s your headline on CBS, dude.
First, ambulatory patient services are going to be included, dog gone it.
They`re going to give you a ride to the freaking hospital. You could get
covered without being admitted to the hospital. This of course is another
good thing. Emergency services are going to be covered. Hospitalization
is covered. This includes even surgery? Oh, yeah.
Maternity and newborn care is on the list. Mental health and substance use
disorder services are also covered. Prescription drug cost, they are
required on this plan as well. Rehabilitative services are covered. This
includes things like physical therapy, laboratory services must be covered,
preventive and wellness visits are going to be covered, and the pediatric
services must be covered.
The two biggest kickers in all of this, and it`s just a quick bullet point
out there. No lifetime limits on coverage and preexisting conditions are
covered. These are the standards that ObamaCare is bringing to the
marketplace. This is an upgrade. We`re upgrading, honey, what do you
think about that?
You know, those people that I saw at these free health care clinics would
have given anything for an upgrade. Number one they couldn`t afford it,
and number two they didn`t know how to get it in many cases, and they
hadn`t seen doctors for years.
This is a key element, if you are a low-income earner on a junk plan, you
can qualify for subsidies to help purchase a quality plan with those damn
standards that I`m talking about, and then in the long run, health care
reform is going to be great for America and Republicans know it.
What do you think Krauthammer was talking about? People are going to be
healthier and then they long on health care cost, what are they`re going to
do? They`re going to go down. But of course the liberal congressional
budget office was the people that put that report together. We don`t want
to pay any attention to them. They`re really not non-partisan according to
This has Republicans scared out of their minds. They don`t know what to do
with it. Krauthammer laid down the battle lines this morning. He said, if
ObamaCare fails, liberalism will be set back a generation.
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KRAUTHAMMER: The irony is that his signature achievement, ObamaCare is the
test of this new liberalism. And today it hangs in a balance of a website
or a promise here and there. So this kind of practical reality check on
his ambitions. If he is not succeeding with ObamaCare, the cost of the
kind of expensive liberalism, the kind of entitlement state, he`s been
looking for. I think they`ll be sent back a full generation.
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SCHULTZ: This is not about entitlements, this is about access. This is
about people being denied and this new liberalism that`s out there. Heck,
I though Kennedy had a pretty good dose of how he wanted to take this
country in the right direction. And now President Obama, I guess you could
say generally speaking is taking us to round two. What are they afraid of,
they are afraid that this is going to be so popular and that they are on
the wrong side of history that they wont be able to recover for generations
because the Democrats and President Obama will be accredited with doing
something really, really big for American families.
Krauthammer knows this is Armageddon for conservatives, if they don`t stop
it now. That title wave`s coming in, they`re not going to be able to have
a big enough wall to stop the wave of positive -- positive things happening
with ObamaCare, you know, it`s easy to get on TV and throw out one number,
after another number, after another number.
I had an interesting conversation today with the governor of Kentucky. I
was so moved by what he was saying and the impact at the rollout of
ObamaCare, the Affordable Health Care Act in Kentucky has been like. I`m
going to go to Kentucky. I have to go to Kentucky and I want to see this
in action. How can Kentucky get it so right and a number of other states
who were rejecting ObamaCare get it so wrong?
Get your cellphones out. I want to know what you think. Tonight`s
question, is the media doing enough to combat the lies about ObamaCare?
Text A for Yes, text B for No to 67622 and you can always go to our blog at
ed.msnbc.com and leave a comment there. We love that. We`ll bring you the
results later on in the show.
For more, let`s bring in the former Vice President of Corporate
Communications for CIGNA Health Insurance, Wendell Potter. Mr. Potter good
to have you with us tonight, I`ll take the liberty to say that .
WENDELL POTTER, CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY: Go ahead.
SCHULTZ: . you know, ObamaCare, you know, the Affordable Health Care Act
better than anybody and I appreciate your time here tonight.
I want to know about this .
POTTER: Thank you Ed.
SCHULTZ: . people that are getting the phone calls. I`ll go to you the
expert. Who were the people giving the phone calls that their insurance
isn`t going to be any good anymore? Explain that to our viewers to night.
POTTER: Well, frankly Ed the people like my daughter who got a notice that
her plan will be discontinued and here`s why, it`s because her plan was
among those that are inadequate, the commonwealth fund recently did a
survey where the study showing that up to 30 million Americans are in plans
that are inadequate as soon as they signed up for these plans they are in
the ranks of the underinsured. Meaning, as you said, if they get really
sick, they`re going to be on the hook for a lot of money even .
SCHULTZ: Your daughter had junk insurance Mr. Potter. Your daughter had
POTTER: She did.
SCHULTZ: OK. But that`s the bottom line .
SCHULTZ: . and so, everybody in America, there`s 2 million people of the
14 million that are in the free market right now have lousy plans. So this
is about standards.
SCHULTZ: President Obama, ObamaCare has .
POTTER: It is.
SCHULTZ: . brought standards to the industry that must be met for
POTTER: That`s exactly right, Ed. And this is welcome news, it is one of
the reasons why we had to have health care reform in the first place
because a lot of companies including those I used to work for had made a
lot of money selling junk insurance, selling coverage to people that
doesn`t protect them and the reason is because those plans are very, very
profitable. Insurance companies do not have to pay very much on claims.
People in those claims often think they`ve got protection and they find out
when it`s too late that they don`t.
SCHULTZ: Mr. Potter how has the media misrepresented this story?
POTTER: They`ve misrepresented it because they had just have not done
their homework and I tell you, we can`t give the White House a pass on this
because, this is something we knew what happened. We knew that insurance
companies will be setting up these notices because they`ve been selling
And so the White House should have been on top of this a long time ago. I
would give them a failing grade on crisis communications or damage control
right now. But the mainstream media also can`t get a pass. They got an
obligation to tell the truth about what`s really going on and to flip this
into appropriate context. This 14 million people who are in the individual
market that`s less than 5 percent of the total US population. Of those,
more than half of them probably -- well more than half will get subsidies
to help them by coverage. So they no only will get better coverage,
they`ll pay less for it and they`re paying now for crappy coverage.
SCHULTZ: So this is a key point, this is the other side of the story.
This is the rest of the story. These 2 million folks out there .
SCHULTZ: . who were getting these notices are going to be going, being
able to go into these state exchanges and they`re going to be able to go to
the federal system, and they`re going to be able to get insurance in many
cases at a cheaper rate, with standards, and better coverage, correct?
POTTER: Right. That`s exactly right.
SCHULTZ: How in the world could reporters live that out? How in the world
can reporters live that out?
POTTER: Because they`re being completely irresponsible or are just wanting
to make sure that they get a headline or the lead story on the 6:00 news or
whatever. It is just completely irresponsible reporting or shoddy
SCHULTZ: Mr. Potter thank you for joining us tonight on the Ed Show. I
appreciate it so much. And I do think...
POTTER: Thank you Ed.
SCHULTZ: ...that if you go to a healthcare clinic and you run into
somebody who hasn`t had insurance and seen a doctor for years and has got
stage 3 or 4 breast cancer and I`ve met these Americans this is a game
changer for them and it will change you, it will change how you deal all of
this, this is why I get infuriated because I know this people haven`t been
there, I know they haven`t gone face to face with the American people.
It`s easy to sit there and just throw out a number. Well, 2 million people
are going to get screwed, they`re getting notices and Obama should have
Why don`t some of these network reporters get off their ass and go down to
some of these clinics and meet the real people who were going to see the
benefits of ObamaCare, is there a moral component to that? Oh, that`s too
heavy a question for a network story.
Remember to answer tonight`s question there at the bottom of the screen,
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Coming up the shock jock game.
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SEN. TED CRUZ, (R) TEXAS: Shock about shocks called sticker shock.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I am shocked, shocked, shocked.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Republican senators who voted against hurricane Sandy
relief aid have the nerve to come to New York and shape down donors on the
one year anniversary of storm Sandy.
SCHULTZ: Time now for the Trenders and the social media. This is where
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The Ed Show social media nation has decided. We again tonight are
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The number three Trender, Coburn.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Critics ripped into Republican Senator Tom Coburn for
headlining a gala fund raisers in the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And Republican name calling continues.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This isn`t any lash out of his critics at least not
most of them. He says, "There`s no comedy with Harry Reid. I think he`s
an absolute -- hole."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pardon my French, but you`re an -- hole.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The number two Trender, statue of limitations.
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST: The Statue of Liberty is probably
the most identifying symbol of America.
SCHULTZ: Phyllis Schlafly, the grandmother of conservative gods (ph),
loses the meaning of lady liberty.
SCHLAFLY: The Statue of Liberty memorializes the unique liberty we enjoy
in America. It has nothing whatever to do with immigration. It is the
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And today`s Top Trender, shocker.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m shocked. Shocked.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Republican two-word culture returns.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The reports is (inaudible) shock for those who are
young and healthy are widespread .
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sticker shock.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sticker shock.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sticker shock.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He would be shocked to know what it calls.
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SCHULTZ: Joining me now is Dr. Corey Hebert, CEO of BlackhealthTV.com and
a professor at LSU Health Science Center, great to have you with us,
doctor. I appreciate your time tonight.
Is it disingenuous and a mislabel by the media and by the conservatives to
use the term "Sticker Shock"?
DR. COREY HEBERT, BLACKHEALTHTV.COM CEO: Yeah it is, because guess what?
You`re getting a better product. I mean it`s not sticker shock when you
want to buy a Rolls Royce and you get the Rolls Royce. I mean obviously,
the subsidies are going to help pay for the insurance of the people and
that`s why we have got to get the website fixed.
And, you know, I`m not excusing ObamaCare for, you know, Obama for this
website debacle, but at the same time the more we enroll people in the
insurance then the price will go down. So it`s not sticker shock and we
got to get the website fixed so we can enroll more people.
SCHULTZ: Now, ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act has standards that we
haven`t seen before. It`s going to weed out the junk insurance. I want to
know what`s your reaction as a doctor to that, what does that mean to you,
HEBERT: Well I`m really upset about it because the issue is 90 percent of
Americans never read their insurance policies. So they don`t really know
that they don`t have maternity care or they don`t have prescription drug
coverage until they get pregnant and needs a medicine, OK.
So the issue is let`s kind of think about it like car insurance. If you
have a Rolls Royce, you can`t have Honda coverage, you have to have Rolls
Royce coverage. Same thing with insurance for your body, you cannot just
walk around with no insurance because if you do and you get sick and
everybody else has to pay for it. Sounds very Republican, right? Nobody
wants to pay for people that they don`t actually have to deal with.
So the reality for me is that the Republicans really should embrace this
because this is what they actually came up with it.
SCHULTZ: Well the Republicans obviously used the term government takeover.
They had -- Now they got sticker shocked. But when they were talking about
government take over, they were talking about the standards that are going
to be put in the industry that must be met by the insurance industry for
consumers. And so this is a law telling people how they`re going to have
to operate. This is -- They call that the government takeover.
You as a doctor, what do you call it?
HEBERT: I don`t call anything except throwing away garbage that people
were being sold for many years and not knowing that they actually don`t
have a standard. I mean, everything needs to have a standard when
especially it comes to -- when it comes to dealing with your health. You
can`t have people that think that they have good insurance and they don`t.
There`s always a standard and that`s what we`re doing.
SCHULTZ: The first show that I did on MSNBC in April of 2009, I pulled out
my health care bill and I just showed the numbers on there and I asked the
audience if you thought this was fair and, oh by the way was our rate back
in 2007, 2008 and now in 2009. That was sticker shock.
SCHULTZ: And I just want to say, nobody is going to be getting those kinds
of increases 18 to 20 percent increases which we saw in many cases on the
individual insurance market back there in the Bush years.
SCHULTZ: And I think that has to be said. That`s not being talked about
enough by the Democrats out there.
You want sticker shock. Let`s go back and take a review exactly what the
insurance rates were from 2000 to 2008, and then when we started to talk
about ObamaCare, they started to come down a little bit because the
insurance industry was nervous about what was going to happen.
And then the standards came in and now the report is well, there two
million people out there that are getting a nasty notice. They`re getting
the notice because they got junk insurance.
Now -- go ahead.
HEBERT: Well, think about this. I mean, I bring the facts, Ed. Think
about this. The Kaiser Family Foundation did a study in 2008 that shows a
family for actually had insurance that doubled to $13,000 in 2008 and an
individual had insurance that doubled to almost $6,000.
HEBERT: Now, if you do mathematic right, Bush was president from 2001 to
2009. So, unless he drop -- in lessen -- dropped the last month of his
presidency, that didn`t happen. They hadn`t fixed up.
SCHULTZ: But I didn`t hear any of these conservatives talking about
sticker shock fact then.
SCHULTZ: That was just the free market at work. That`s all what that was.
HEBERT: That`s what it is. Exactly.
SCHULTZ: Dr. Corey Hebert you`re great. Great to have you on with us.
Thank so much from joining us tonight.
HEBERT: Thank you for having me.
SCHULTZ: You bet.
Coming up, new developments in the decades-long fight over the Redskins
team name in the National Football League.
And later, the Fox News medical A-team gets an F in tonight`s Pretenders.
But next, I`m taking your questions Ask Ed Live just ahead here on the
MSNBC. Stay with us.
SCHULTZ: My favorite segment right here. Welcome back to the Ed Show. I
love hearing from our viewers, love your questions.
Tonight in our Ask Ed Live segment, our first question comes from Carmen
and it is, "Why is the GOP targeting the big the big three? Because they
want to privatize absolutely everything they can get their hands on.
You see, privatization means instead of this money in Social Security going
into a government fund it`s going to be dished out later on benefits, it
would go to like Wall Street and then they could play with that money. And
if the market goes up, you`ll be better off, if it goes down, you want to
take that risk then you wouldn`t have any Social Security. They believe in
profit. That`s what they`re all about. They`re not so concerned with
Our next question comes from Mike Baugher from Virginia. Apparently he
says the Virginia governor`s race is being watched by the country. Who do
you think will win the election and why?
Well the recent polling has Terry McAuliffe of who I think is a great guy,
he`s a business guy with a heart, he`s a compassionate guy, he`s a good
Democrat, and he`s a believer in business and people and education and all
the things that the Republicans have been going after is what he has been
standing up for.
And Cuccinelli, I mean come on this guy has taken us to ground zero on the
war on women in Virginia. And some of the radical things that he has said
and done and advocated for has turned off a lot of voting blocks. But the
bottom line is you got to get out and vote.
You can`t talk your way to the championship. So those folks in Virginia,
if they really want change this is the time to get out there and get it
done. I think Terry McAuliffe will win. I want him to win.
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SCHULTZ: Welcome back to the Ed Show. Thanks for watching tonight. This
is a special group of folks in American, NFL owners, a group of people who
just cannot be offended, they run the world in their world. You can`t hit
an NFL owner, you can hit him as hard if you want it completely out of
their character to be told what to do. There`s a level of arrogance
supported by power and money, no doubt.
And Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is no exception. Snyder is
worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Good for him. He`s not used to being
told what to do. This NFL owner is more interested in money than political
correctness and satisfying a crowd out there that thinks his team`s name is
wrong. But recent criticism of the Redskins name has put Snyder on the hot
seat. The NFL is scheduled to meet the Oneida Indian Nation on Wednesday
regarding the team`s name.
Now prior to that meeting, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Snyder
and according to the Washington Post Snyder said that he has no plans to
change the name.
Now in the past, Snyder has made it very clear he has no intention of
changing the team`s name. Earlier this month, Snyder published an open
letter to the Washington post. Douglas Hill is in and actually asked those
who are offended by the name to "Try and have respect for what the name
means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family
but among native Americans too."
Now if you look for the word redskin in the dictionary, the term is widely
identified as offensive slang.
Joining me now is Dave Zirin sports editor of The Nation magazine and you
can find his work at EdgeofSports.com. Dave, good to have you with us
This -- You know, I remember doing sports 25 years ago, there were protests
outside the Metrodome and Minneapolis, Northern Minnesota, Native Americans
came up saying that they didn`t like the name Washington Redskins. I mean
this has been going on for a long time. Why all of a sudden and I say over
the last year or so after 20 some -- 25 years of this conversation, why is
it such a heated conversation right now?
DAVE ZIRIN, SPORTS EDITOR: It`s a great question, Ed because the story has
exploded over the last year and there are really three reasons for why this
is the case. The first is the active intervention of Native American
tribes, the Oneida Indian Nation, The Choctaw Indians of Oklahoma and the
Midwest today have stepped forward and they have said, "You know, what?
This is not OK with us, the United Nation has bought commercials in DC
radio, sports radio, Airtime, and they`ve actually also organized
demonstrations and places like green day .
ZIRIN: . and there`s one coming up November 7th, but there are two other
reasons as well. The first is that the team is relevant for the first time
in 20 years, I mean back when George H. Bush was president and now is the
last time Washington was in the Super Bowl, there were protests and seat-
ins at the Super Bowl. You could go back and look this up, but then no one
has really cared about them in 20 years.
So fast forward to today, Robert Griffin III is their star quarter back,
people care about this team and people are also asking why this name. And
the last reason why this has gotten new steam is about the man you talked
about, Dan Snyder, I mean he is like teaching a master class an anti-public
relations. Every time the guy opens his mouth he`s almost like a
caricature of the kind of arrogant 1 percent who puts everybody`s teeth on
edgeand I think that`s why.
SCHULTZ: Dave, can the NFL force him to change the team`s name? It`s not
like them to pick on people in their own fraternity. And this report now
says that he is simply not going to change the name. What authority does
the league have if any?
ZIRIN: Now, the league unfortunately has no authority to actually push him
to change his name. Here`s who has authority. The Federal Courts have
authority if they deem that the name is in fact a slur. You`re not
actually allowed to name a product after a slur. That`s a law.
And so if that court case goes through and it`s term to be a slur then he
would have to change the name. Something else the word have to change
name, if he wants to move the team out of the Maryland suburbs where
they`re currently are and into Washington DC, the DC City council has said
already, we will not allow you back into the city unless you change the
SCHULTZ: All right. Dave Zirin, thanks for you time tonight. I
appreciate it. Now, let`s brings in DC`s delegate House of Representative
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and James Peterson, Director of
Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University
and MSNBC Contributor.
Dr. Peterson, let me ask you first. To the point, is the term redskins as
bad s the N word.
JAMES PETERSON, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Yes. I mean, if they recall the
Washington Blackskins and they had a minstrel on their helmet and they were
called the Washington Whiteskins and they had some colonial white person on
the helmet. I think black and white here in America would be able to see
it for what it is. It is a racial slur. We should have zero challenge for
this. We would hope that the NFL, Mr. Snyder and the Redskins organization
can take a leadership role on this.
We want them to get out and lead on this issue. And it shouldn`t be
pressured by different nations, by different American-Indian nations. They
should have to be pressured by the federal government.
It`s the 21st century. There`s a way in which this language, the image as
well as the name does much violence as the name Washington Bullets that you
show the basketball franchise now they change.
SCHULTZ: Yeah, they change their name.
PETERSON: Then in recovery time for grants though that we should be
sympathetic in some ways for, but at the end of the day what`s right is
what`s right and their name is very wrong.
SCHULTZ: In government reaction come again Nancy Pelosi recently told the
Hill it would probably be a good idea if they change the name. President
Obama said, that he would think changing the name if he were the owner.
Congresswoman, did this types of voices make a difference?
REP. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, (D) DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Well, not only do
our voices make a difference and some of us have even found a bill. But I
think increasing the voices of the people make a difference.
And I hope that Dan Snyder doesn`t put himself in the same category as
George Preston Marshall who is forced to integrate the team the last of the
teams to be integrated because he was playing on federal land. And said
that he would integrate the team with the Holland road cut (ph) (inaudible)
integrate it with white.
I mean, he wasn`t about racist and I don`t think that`s what Dan Snyder is,
but he is about to go to the same route as George Preston Marshall did
because the patent and trademark office on four different occasions when he
tried to patent the name anew since 1999 had turn down such request.
HOLMES NORTON: And the trademark appeals board has already found the name
to be disparaging. It was overturned by a court only on a procedure
technicality if they followed their own president and a new case was just
argued in March.
HOLMES NORTON: This name is going, going, going, gone step up before
SCHULTZ: Well, it seems like he`s not going to do that. I mean, he is
still the NFL Commissioner, he`s not going to change the name. The only
way to hit him is in his pocketbook. The only way -- I mean, and do you
think that sponsors would start putting pressure on him?
HOLMES NORTON: After awhile, because -- let me talk about this pocketbook
for a moment.
Imagine if in fact those of us who love the Redskins and count me among
them have to get rid of all those hats and shirts and other paraphernalia
and he`s got a make them anew. He`s going to make amend.
So, as far from loosing money this is a good business decision as well.
SCHULTZ: But the arrogance of NFL owners is that nobody is going to tell
them what to do. I mean look, James Peterson look at how they were in
denial for long about -- for a long time about head injuries and really
didn`t want to do anything about that.
PETERSON: Yeah, but the federal government can tell you what to do.
PETERSON: The problem with this .
SCHULTZ: Hold it for a minute. OK, so Congresswoman you think that the
Redskins are going to be forced to change their name?
HOLMES NORTON: I do. I do based on all the presidents that are out there.
The recent President I don`t see how the trademark appeal board can do
anything else and the statute itself which has been found to be
HOLMES NORTON: Says that you cannot profit from a derogatory name.
SCHULTZ: All right. Mr. Peterson, what`s ahead for the Redskins here?
PETERSON: Well, I think my sense is that what NFL owners have got to come
to terms within their sort of 1 percent bubbles is that this franchise is
really exist as public priority partnerships. I mean they`re privately
owned but they don`t really exist without the public. They can`t really
function without the kind of municipal and statewide support that they get
for their stadiums and other things.
So, in the spirit of that I would hope that Mr. Snyder again would not have
to be forced to do this, but would take the opportunity to transition the
team now. The team is not doing so great right now. So, good you to do it
anyway, at least change the mascot and change the image on the helmet.
That would be a good gesture moving in the right direction even before you
change the name.
So, hopefully he`ll do what`s right here and the NFL will not begin to
continue to be smart (ph) as brand with this kind of racist slurs.
SCHULTZ: Well, NFL owners demand stadiums and public financing that
they`re going to move their team.
PETERSON: That`s right.
SCHULTZ: They`re not used to being told what to do. Congresswoman Ellen
Holmes she believes that they`re going to change the name. This is
interesting, let`s see where it all goes down.
I think the guy is so arrogant. I think he`d rather sell the team and
change the name and be known and be known as the owner that changed the
name of the team.
Congresswoman Ellen Holmes Norton and James Peterson thank you for joining
Coming up, giving up the grand bargain. We`ll find out the best case
scenario for this week`s budget talks in Washington. Stay with us.
SCHULTZ: And in Pretenders tonight, bad diagnosis Dr. Marc Siegel. Sean
Hannity invited Siegel, a member of the Fox News Medical A-team to the
ObamaCare panel. And I pity the fool who believes this garbage.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL A-TEAM: Right now health care is in
trouble and when ObamaCare really got wrong in a big way,.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
SIEGEL: . is understanding that we`re talking about the health care needs
of the people of the US not the health insurance needs, it`s a totally
different thing. Before they started this we were all in trouble with
insurance to begin with, there`s too much health insurance, it covers too
much, too many people have it and they can`t fit in my office to see me.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SCHULTZ: Correct Dr. Siegel you are a fool of it. This doctor says, "Too
many people have access to preventive care. Too many people won`t go broke
when they get sick, too many people aren`t passing their urgent care cost
to taxpayers. Patients have a good reason to stay out of this doctor`s
But if Mark Siegel believes it`s because he`s run out of room he can keep
SCHULTZ: Welcome back to the Ed Show. This is a story for the folks who
take a shower after work. The next Capitol Hill invented fiscal crises is
just around the corner.
Government funding is set to run out again on January 15th, I just know you
love to hear that, expectations I would say are very low, by the bipartisan
group in Congress given the task of presenting a new path forward.
Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Majority
Leader Harry Reid are both ditching the grand bargain talk.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
HARRY REID, (D-NV) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: I hope that we can do some
stuff to get rid of the sequestration and go on to do some sensible budgets
-- budgeteering. I`ve got a wonderful leader of my budget committee Patty
Murray from the state of Washington. And I feel pretty comfortable that
she`ll do a good job for us. But I don`t -- I would hope there would be a
grand bargain. But I don`t see that happening.
(END AUDIO CLIP)
SCHULTZ: White House and top Democrats are still talking about a balanced
plan requiring new revenues as part of a long-term budget blueprint to
replace this sequester but almost no one expects that to happen.
The 29-member bipartisan group`s first and so far only scheduled meeting
after everything we`ve been through, their first meeting is tomorrow and
they don`t have anything planned after that.
Joining us tonight David Stockman, he`s the former Office of Management and
Budget Director under President Reagan and author of the best selling book,
"The Great Deformation, The Corruption of Capitalism in America". Honored
to have you Mr. Stockman and thank you for joining us tonight.
DAVID STOCKMAN, FORMER DIRECTOR UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN: Nice to be here.
SCHULTZ: Of course you`re a veteran of shutdowns; you`ve been through
eight of them.
STOCKMAN: I`ve been through eight of them. There is not going to be a
grand bargain, there is going to be a bipartisan dance of the (inaudible)
with their head in the sand stumbling forward till we get to the next
SCHULTZ: So, we get the instant replay machine.
STOCKMAN: I think we do and the Republicans are now out there saying,
"Raise defense." In reverse this tiny pinprick that we have in the
sequester, but what are they thinking? We would still have a $600 billion
defense budget after the sequester which is 50 percent higher than it was
in 2000 in real dollars before the whole Bush war machine got cranked up,
They didn`t get the memo that the Cold War is over, we`ve been fired as the
policeman of the world, the American people said, "Stop it Syria we don`t
need this war machine," they could cut substantially. But instead the
Republicans will fight to raise it. Democrats want revenue. They blew it
in the fiscal cliff bill when they extended permanently $4 trillion of tax
cuts for the upper part of the households in America. The lower part wage
workers and low-income people weren`t going to be impacted anyway we never
should have extended those taxes, you can`t get them back now, it`s
And so, there`s no revenue except trivial, you know, loophole closing which
will never happen because the lobbyists dominate the process.
And then finally, if I could just say President Obama stock his toe in the
water on entitlement reform but it was the wrong toe, he said, "You know,
change CPI." Well, that means that the person on minimum benefit is going
to get hit in their -- you know, if they have no other income $9,000 a year
they`re going to get hit, whereas as a duffer (ph) retired in Florida
living on a golf course getting $50,000 a year in Social Security and
Medicare is going to be barely feel the nick.
There should be means testing where you take the savings out of the top.
And so, what we have is a total stalemate we`re going to do nothing on
entitlements, they`re going try to raise defense, and there`s no revenue to
be had politically.
SCHULTZ: So, you`re forecasted from what your answer is that you think
that we`re going to be doing the number of these cycles all the way till
2014 to see if one party gets absolute power in the legislative branch?
STOCKMAN: I think we`ll do them through 2016 and my argument is if we wait
till 2017 to address this festering problem and the debt deniers are wrong
we have a huge long-term deficit problem. If you wait till 2017 it means
you`re going to hope nothing bad happens, no recessions, seven years of
recovery, lot of jobs created, everything is built in to the CBO forecast
which I think is rosy scenario.
So, I think we`re drifting in to danger and yet unless they do something
now how can anything be done?
SCHULTZ: How would you fix it, if there`s no new revenue how do you fix it
STOCKMAN: You have to have a massive demobilization of this war machine,
we don`t need it any longer, we`re out of that business. It need ...
SCHULTZ: Even keeping the country safe from this environment?
STOCKMAN: Of course we can keep the country safe on $400 billion a year,
we don`t need $600 billion. Bill Clinton was keeping the country safe on
$400 billion, second we have to means test the entitlements. There is
nothing in the trust funds, that`s confetti we have to means test and go
for the affluent recipient reduces benefits under Medicare, and Social
Security, and then finally we need to have some more revenue, but it`s
going to be hard to find.
SCHULTZ: Well, it`s a lot of money sitting offshore, that`s not tax. And
well that`s for another discussion, I want you to come back. I enjoy
visiting with you and we will do it again. Mr. Stockman, well thank you
very much. I appreciate it.
That`s the Ed Show. I`m Ed Schultz.
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