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most rosies in place. there were a few real rosies in a crowd. they are trying to save the bomber plant where the original rosy worked. nice ladies. we'll see you back here tomorrow. bill: let the madness continue. opening day everybody. martha: "happening now" right now. jenna: breaking news on today's top headlines and brand new stories you will see here first. jon: clock ticks down on a big deadline for obamacare. problems on the website as it struggles to deal with last-minute sign-ups. new twist in brutal murder of a aspen, colorado, socialite. why her family is getting more protection. >> she killed a man on craig's list and has a new confession claiming two potential victims got away. it is all "happening now." jon: fox news alert this morning
on new troubles for obamacare on this the deadline day of sorts for enrollment. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. >> hi, everybody, hope you're off to great monday, rainy as it is in new york. hopefully it is sunny where you are today. today is technically the last day to sign up for coverage. remember, there is an extension for folks that claimed they tried to enroll on the website but simply couldn't that. may be happening today. healthcare.gov went off for hours with error messages with a high surge of demand. department of health and services says there is software bug requiring extra maintenance for the site but not related to application volume. wendell goler is live with the more on the top story today. >> reporter: jenna, timing is everything. timing of the computer problems for the affordable care act has been nothing but terrible with failures at the start and on final day. that is giving critics ammunition and lack of specifics
from the administration. they say the mix of young and old enrollees is good but they're not specific what that is. 80% of the people paid their premiums though the administration is not releasing precise numbers on that either. wyoming republican senator john barosso is skeptical. >> i think they're cooking the books on this. people want to know the answer as to that. once all this is said and done what kind of insurance will those people actually have? will they be able to keep the doctor they want? how much more will it cost them. >> reporter: centers for medicare & medicaid services which administers the website said it wasn't a surge in volume over the weekend that caused problems. but with time running out traffic went up tomillion users a day. the software managers found a bug during regular maintenance time and took longer than anticipated to fix it but that was not only problem. for a while the website told people they had another 16 days to enroll. that was wrong.
administration officials say those trying to enroll today an run out of time won't be penalized. david plouffe, one of president's former advisors says the website problems is small stuff compared to what obamacare is accomplishing. >> the law's working. and this was seminole achievement. -- seminal achievement. count people boeing directly to private insurance companies, medicaid, children's health care, north of 10 million people have health care. >> reporter: administration officials scaled back their goal from sign-up from seven million to six. they say they're on track to enroll six 1/2 million people in the exchanges though they won't say how many of those people had health insurance canceled because it didn't meet the standards of obamacare. jenna. jenna: goal goal live at the white house. thank you. jon: but the obamacare enrollment numbers so far might not tell the full story. right now hhs says sign-ups as of a few days ago hit more than six million. but you can not forget that more
than 6.2 million folks got cancellation notices for their original health insurance plans. plus obamacare is mired in controversy. at least 37 major delays and administrative fixes, joining us now, elise viebeck, staff writer for "the hill." what do we know, what do we not know about the number of people who have signed up? >> well, first of all in the most important part of this we don't know how many of them are young and we don't know how many of them are healthy. the last we heard it was about one in four are young and healthy people who enrolled in the obamacare exchanges and the reason that population is so important that they will help keep prices down for everybody else. so you can be sure that insurance company officials are watching that very closely this morning and in fact i heard from a couple of officials that they're actually pleased with the mix of young and old enrollees that they're seeing. what they assumed is that at the end, right at this deadline when all of those young, healthy people, considering health plans under obamacare will actually sign up. they're the procrastinators.
they're the ones who don't need coverage as much. but it is possible toward the end a lot of these last-minute sign-ups are coming from the young and healthy. i think insurance company officials are encouraged by that and so is the white house today, jon. jon: you point out in your piece on the hill, it is one of the most far-reaching and devisive pieces legislation that this generation or any generation has seen. >> that's right. the law remains unpopular. we have to underscore that. four years outdemocrats believed the public would be on board right now. this is one of the most divisive and defining issue for republican party in last four years. their attacks on this law have been a hallmark on their entire approach to policy and legislating particularly in the house of representatives. certainly the law has not gotten popular and not dramatically less popular so that is small win for the white oust there. we'll see these debates go on. as we reach toward november republicans are counting on this issue to take it to the bank at
the polls. they believe they can reclaim the senate by pointing out anecdotally the problems with obama care many americans are experiencing much the white house will have to be prepared for the attacks as it tries to defend the senate. jon: as we get six 1/2 or seven million people signed up there is a lot more to measure the success or perhaps failure of this law by than whether or not you got people signed up for it, right? >> that's correct. when democrats sought to pass this law and ultimately when they did, they argued it would do a lot of good things for both the budget, the, growth of health care costs in america and for the economy. so what we tried to do as reporters is evaluate how well the law has done on these different metrics and the truth is it is really too bad but it's hard to tell in a lot of cases so far because of first of all the administration delays of many parts of the law but also because it is a huge reform. it has far-reaching effects we'll have to measure many years in the future to understand what is really going on.
jon: the congressional budget office is saying this thing has reduced the deficit. is that the case? >> it is true. the congressional budget office said when the law was passed it would reduce the deficit in its first couple years as the administration takes in new tax revenue without distributing benefits that people are getting for the first time this year. now what the cbo says is going to happen the deficit will actually go up as a result of obamacare in 2016 and 2017 followed by a decline in the deficit in 2018 when a new major tax, cadillac tax on generous health plans comes into effect. when we talk about obama care's impact on the deficit we have to remember obamacare is a lot more than these exchanges we hear about, the exchanges we debate so much in washington. included a lot of policies designed to restrain the growing of health care costs particularly in medicare. that's why democrats and cbo argues it will ultimately reduce the deficit over time by changing the growth of medicare costs of the now the big question is, will congress allow
those programs to go forward? they include the ipab, which some people described as is a death panel. there are a lot of people who want to get rid of those programs. it is one of those questions we'll have to wait a couple years to evaluate. jon: just so many numbers that we are not hearing. we don't know how many people paid their first premium, right? >> that's correct. we know from the industry that it is probably 80%, some think it is 90% in certain plans. it is up to insurers to to out and chase down the people make sure they know they can't use the coverage until they paid their first bill and first premium. certainly republicans point to that disparity a lot. they say listen we can't trust the numbers from the administration. they likely know how many people have paid and they're not telling us. again i believe it is up to insurance companies to chase those people down. jon: elise v. back, who writes about obamacare extensively for "the hill." thanks for sharing your information. >> thank you. jenna: the death toll rising in
the massive mudslide in washington state. crews recovered four more bodies over the weekend bringing the total number of the people killed to 25 with 30 others still unaccounted for. dan springer is live near the scene in arlington where he has been all along. dan, tough to characterize some of this news out of this situation as good news but apparently we did have some good news over the weekend? >> reporter: jenna, i would castfy it as a relief. -- classify. we were talking about on friday as potential death toll was getting to be 100. there were 90 people missing. they told us that was a good number and scoured the list and felt like this was a firm number of people feared dead in this mudslide. but over the weekend they reduced that down to 30. that is still a lot of people. they have a lot of searching left to do, in fact it will take weeks to try to find everybody and they say, they may not get to everyone but, reduction from 90 to 30 is a big deal. the weather did not cooperate over the weekend. heavy rain on saturday raised the river level by a full foot.
there are still flood warnings and watches in effect although it is expected to be dry over the next few days thankfully. another bit of good news, the five-month old baby rescued from the landslide is improving and is in serious conduct. his name is duke. he and his mother were pulled from the mud in the first frantic hours. many in the community went to church to pray for the victims and talk about a big job ahead. >> we heard it and we saw it go down the river. so it was, at first i don't think we wanted to believe that it was as bad as it was. where my heart is, to really help the people a month from now and two months from now and a year from now because i know the tragedy, when all the media is gone, these people are still going to need our help and support. >> reporter: and a number of people involved in the search continues to grow as those who were here for the first few days had to get out, get some rest. we have now 620 people involved
in the search. that includes 1 off who are volunteers and also a number of people from the national guard in colorado who are helping relief the national guard from washington as this process continues, jenna. jenna: speaking of a big job that's head -- ahead, dan, recusers are not searching just for debris in the pile what else are they looking for? >> reporter: department of transportation is looking for momentos things that are important to people who lost everything. they have nothing left accept what they were on their backs as they were rescued from this thing. as they come across jewelry or photo albums, they put it aside. they decontaminate it, put it in a bag and take it to a location where it is safe until families can look at it. because of all the raw sewage from septic systems, household solvents and mixed up in the debris it is too dangerous for residents to sift through the mess. >> we have a number of
volunteers that are on the slide field as momento collection crews. that is a very important thing to this community to collect the personal belongings and momentos of families that have been impacted by the slide. >> reporter: another big effort to get that highway 530 closed. remember that is the major highway that goes through and connects daring ton and arlington and owe sew is in the middle. they have only 10% of that is clear. they managed to make a new road that allows supplies and crews to get back from the east side to the west side. so they are making progress but it's a very long, lengthy, difficult process. jenna. jenna: we can only imagine far away what it is like there on the ground, wishing them the best of luck. thank you so much. jon: hard to imagine them, the scale of that thing. new details on the murder of an aspen socialite found dead in her own home. three people arrested in the
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interview. experience of health care spending and cost overall for the economy and for consumers what we'll experience. >> right. even that by the way is kind of complicated because the government counts spending by the government towards the consumer spending numbers. jenna: we'll get into that. tell me a little bit just in general what we're seeing as far as health care costs and what that means for the broader economy? >> what we've seen over 10 years really is a slowdown. health care costs have been slowing, for a decade going back to 2012. we saw that accelerate when the financial crisis hit. the real question. >> what is the slowdown as a result of the financial crisis and recession and companies cuttings back? to what extent is it effect the of obamacare? as you said in your intro, we don't know yet it will take a little time to figure that out. jenna: when will we know? will we ever know? >> whether that, we'll have to see whether it is sustained.
if health care costs start rising we know it was mostly due to the recession. but if it, it is sustained at these lower levels we could say some of it is due to obamacare but the other point i would make is, there is no free lunch in any of this. one of the reasons we've seen government spending on health care slow down is because medicare reimbursements have fallen some that affects the service that you get. another factor that people are, that we're looking for, is, higher deductibles, higher co-pays. that will make consumers more frugal, more selective how they choose their health care spending. help to hold health care costs go down. jenna: they're not going to doctors as often because higher premium deductibles? >> or might not choose to partake in services they otherwise would. there is no free lunch. if there are higher co-pay that is could help to hold cost care
care -- health care costs down but. jenna: so right now the number looks about 80% of those enroll having some sort of government subsy did i which is roughly what the cbo and government estimated it will be. >> right. jenna: broadly speaking, we're going one year from where folks were not getting government subsidies, maybe they were, we don't know who they really are to those enrolled with health care subsidies? >> jenna, the thing we have to remember, most of us have a government subsidy for our health care spending. everyone works for a big company when, the big company helps to cover our health care costs they're getting a tax subsidy for that. a lot of people, already have tax subsidies and they're transferred to more direct payments. the big issue obamacare doesn't address is the health care tax, this health care subsidy embedded in our tax code. and that is one of the criticisms of the law that we're
all getting subsidized. that is one of the factors that drives up spending you think impact of that is virtually nil based on the fact that a lot of people have health insurance right now are getting subsidized even once or twice removed? >> one of the things that's happening here is, a lot of people in the individual market are losing their coverage. these are the individuals who aren't getting the government tax subsidy. so that is really, that is really where the effect takes place. jenna: we'll have to leave it there. jon, thank you. >> okay. jenna: good to see you. jon? jon: the death of an aspen socialite rocked that resort town. now nancy pfister's family is being closely guarded by security. why they say they also could be in danger. also a police protest described as mayhem. why demonstrators in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest were met by officers in riot gear.
jenna: new information on the murder of a aspen, colorado, social light. nancy pfister's body was found at her home last month and police say her relatives are closely guarded by security. patti ann browne joins us on latest on the bizarre story. >> very sad story, jenna. 57-year-old socialite nancy pfister was well-known in the colorado social scene but on february 26, she was found dead in a closet of her ski shall lay in aspen. a couple that rented moment is charged with murder along with nancy's former assistant. pfister's daughter and sisters have been assigned security by the local sheriff's office. a source tells the "new york post," quote, they're not sure if they have got them all. the three relatives have orders of protection against the
assistant, cathy carpenter and former tenants, william and nancy styler. all three suspects are behind bars. sources tell the post say there could be others lurking. they're tight-lipped about motive or cause of death but sources tell the post that nancy pfister was tied up and bludgeoned days after returning from australia. the stylers rented her home during the trip and pfister posted online she was having problems with them. she told police in 2012 she was afraid of her friend and assistant cathy carpenter following a night of drinking and worried that carpenter might get violents in nancy as words. she was a philanthropist whose deceased parents developed buttermilk skiing area and reportedly hung out with jack nicholson and michael douglas but a lonely death, jenna. jon: protesters turned into mayhem in what was supposed to be a peaceful dep station in berkshire hathaway, new mexico,
persons violent. they marched for hours yesterday. hundreds of people blocking traffic were met by officers in full riot gear. william la jeunesse is live with more. william? >> reporter: jon, only 36% of the albuquerque residents have confidence in their police. that did not improve yesterday. 100 showed up to protest police use of excessive fores and department responded in riot gear with tear gas and billy clubs. residents protesting 37 police shootings, 23 fatal, since 2010, including this one, captured on a police helmet cam. it shows, 38-year-old james boyd, a mentally-disturbed homeless man, illegally camping in open space. boyd had enough and initially refused to come down. later when he appeared to surrender, police fired beanbags, a shotgun, rather a stun gun and six live rounds. >> the guy didn't have to die. there is no reason he had to die. and the methods they used were not methods i ever seen.
>> reached in to shake his hand and told him police understand we're not antipolice. we're here for the police department. we're here to help our police get get it right. >> reporter: albuquerque pd already initiated some reforms and hired a new chief but that is not without controversy. asked friday if he thought the homeless shooting was justified, chief gordon eaton said yes, then recanted. >> the mayor and i talked yesterday and i told him yesterday when we were talking that i thought my comments were very premature. >> i think the chief made a mistake. he was at the press conference and he was asked, an honest question about what he thought was a justified or not i think he gave an honest response but i think that was a mistake. >> reporter: now the two officers involved in the boyd shooting are in desk duty. so far the city paid out 15 million to just three victims. both the doj, department much justice and fbi are
investigating. there are other incidents caught on home video if you will or camera video that show police beating unarmed suspects and that is not helping matters at all. back to you. jon: real controversy is raging around that department, i know. william la jeunesse. thank you. jenna: we're going to turn back to our top story today. the obama administration giving extra time to some people who won't make tonight's obama care enrollment deadline but will how americans feel about this law tip the scales in the november election. what is the plan from the gop? up next we'll speak with south carolina republican senator, lindsey graham.
jon: right now a quick look what's sill to come this hour of "happening now." obamacare still a devisive issue with recent polls showing a majority of americans disapprove of the law. south carolina senator lindsey graham joins us with his take on obamacare's potential impact on the upcoming midterms. a young woman accused of killing a man she met on craig's list reportedly make as new confession. what she had to say about two potential victims that got away. general motors is under fire as theirecall only gets larger. the new ceo is set to testify before congress this week. more on the potential fallout. jenna: now to obamacare around how americans feel about the law in november could very well determine the balance of power in washington so say some analysts. republicans are campaigning hard against the president's signature law in a bid to recapture the spa senate.
two top political analyst who is usually don't agree on much of anything, the gop strategy of simply repealing the law may backfire. >> this law is working. the republican playbook of repeal obamacare, repeal obamacare, gets tougher and more and more people get health care. >> i totally agree. if republicans simplily, i look at lot of polling, private polling good polling i think if republicans say simply get rid of it and let democrats have keep it and fix it position even then it is 50/50. i think democrats neutralize the issue. republicans say repeal and replace, you can't throw people out. we'll give you tax credits and take care of preexisting conditions as part of the repeal. polling shows that becomes very, very popular. jenna: south carolina republican senator lindsey graham with his thoughts on this. nice to have you in the studio. >> glad to be with you. jenna: where do you fall on sides of repeal it or replace it debate? >> i think we need to repeal it
and replace it. i fall into the camp of doing both. i think it is good for the republican party to have a plan of its own to insure americans without losing your doctor and bankrupting the country. i think it is possible to reform health care without destroying the economy and without destroying your ability to to remain with your plan and your doctor. jenna: what is the plan. >> that means you will have to have pools for the really sick but why would you want to deny somebody insurance because they got sick? allowing children to stay on to the pop sis to 26 make sense because of this economy. buying policies across state lines makes sense. rather than being limited to south carolina market. if i can buy a insurance for my business or family in california, why shouldn't i be able to buy it. jenna: some of your fixes are suggested by senators that are democrats. they're propose being fixes, senator landrieu and king among them. would you support the fixes in. >> problem they want to leave in place obamacare of the worst is
yet to come. when the employer mandate hits, companies all over this country will drop coverage on their employees. it will be cheaper to the pay the fine than it will be to cover employees. the goal of obamacare is not to deal with 30 million uninsured. the six million who signed up, one-fourth of them were people who did not have insurance. most of the people signing up are people who lost insurance in the private sector having to sign up for exchanges. so the worst is yet to come. to my democratic colleagues you can't repair this monstrosity. you have to tear it down and start all over again. jenna: how do you get to that point? >> when they lose elections. jenna: you think that is the key, republicans have to take the senate and then have different strategy. >> ones up in 2016 will have different attitude. obama will never run again. once we take the senate, the reason we'll take the senate is not because the republican party has become favorable because the democratic part overreached. this is basically a trust issue. obamacare is so complex, nobody
understands how it works. we've had millions of waivers. the individual mandate is basically been eroded. they're not five people in the country can tell you what is left of obamacare. people don't trust this administration to be honest about obamacare. jenna: well that is swirling. let me ask you about that because you say they don't trust this administration. >> they will lie to you. jenna: your colleague senator barrasso says the white house is fixing the books. >> totally they are. jenna: do you have any facts to back that up? >> number one, tell me how many people who signed up for obamacare has paid? it is not numbers of people who sign up, it is how many people signed up and paid their premiums. how many people signed up for obamacare that was previously uninsured? the goal of obamacare was to give uninsured insurance coverage. one in four fall into that category. most people lost their coverage, had to change their doctor to go into obamacare. that is not what was promised. >> what about getting those numbers? that is something we of course are asking for. we're being told it is not
available. that question is also being asked and in congressional testimony. >> how can it be not available. somebody signs up -- jenna: it is still not available at this point how do you get that information. >> you make freedom of information act requests. we have hearings, if we had senate and house we would have hearings what is going on. the house is only body i control. if i were leader of house i would have obamacare hearing almost every other day to find out what is in these numbers. jenna: let me get, a little bit further on that. >> sure. jenna: six million that we're being told to sign up. >> right. jenna: when you say you believe the white house is fixing the books, do you not believe that number at all? >> six million, i don't know, what signing up means. i know this. you're promised, if you look your doctor you can keep it. you were promised if you like your health care policy you can keep it. what i'm saying about the numbers they can't tell you the basics about the numbers. how many were previously uninsured that now have insurance? jenna: why do you -- >> how many paid have paid? jenna: why do you think republicans can put together a better plan to get the trust
back in government? what are republicans putting out there that says to the american, people, no, you can trust us. if you don't trust what is happening now, trust us? >> i think the first thing we have explain to the public, democrats that want to fix obamacare have political problem. you can't fix obamacare. you can elements i described and build a new health care plan. jenna: senator graham, why hasn't a full proposal of a completely different plan from the gop been developed, put out to the press for us to look at and really dig into? >> i hope that comes but at the end of the day we're trying to implement a law that is just failing america on multiple fronts. so i'm in the camp of explaining to the american people that when a democrat tells you wants to mend it, not end it, it can't be mend. if you have 48 employees would you hire three more? no. the mandate would apply to your workforce. so the people will not expand their business. if you make, what is it, $46,000 a year you get a subsidy. if you make $48,000 a year you
would lose subsidy. so you wouldn't take a promotion. incentives in obamacare, if you work 29 hours a week as employer you're not covered. if you work 40 you are. jenna: hard to follow. even what you're saying. i appreciate -- >> what is not hard to follow? jenna: getting back to the question, we'll have to run, what is preventing the republicans from putting forward a real plan that everybody can look at, even before november? is it simply the election and political pressure not allowing that to happen? are you waiting for a -- >> we should have out line of health care plan that would be better for america. i think that would help the republican party but between now and then our democratic friends are trying to tell the american people you can fix obamacare. it can't be fixed. it has to be torn down and start over. jenna: senator graham, good to have youd in ceo thank you very much. >> thank you. jenna: jon? jon: jon: general motors new ceo is about to get a grilling on capitol hill.
jenna: new next hour, he was part of a group that held 52 americans hostage more than a year. now an iranian militant could have a shocking new title right here in the united states by the iranian government wants him to have an american visa. plus, a stolen car changing leans, blowing you through stoplights. a dangerous high-speed chase that tore through the streets of one city. we'll show that to you. everybody knows overweight can be harmful to your health. we talk about that a lot, right? what about being too thin? the findings how our weight can impact your health. jon: new information now on the young woman accused of murdering a man she met on craig's list in a new interview, murder suspect, miranda barber, says two more
potential victims were no-shows after answering an online ad. this teenager claims she is a serial killer with many other victims scattered across several states. investigators have yet to determine if any of those claims might be true. joining me now, jonna spilbor, a former prosecutor, and keisha haven, a criminal defense attorney. keisha, to you first, what in the world is this woman doing talking? and where is her attorney? >> the first thing i talk about if anyone represented by counsel, first thing we advice our clients, don't speak to anyone. don't say anything. the fact she has given confessions or interviews. tells me she is either disregarding her attorney's advice or trying to set the stage for a plausible sanity defense. jon: does that sound plausible to you, jonna. >> i think her only defense would be insanity. she likes the spotlight. she is going with it.
there is absolutely no evidence to substantiate any of the past murders that she allegedly confessing to. jon: but you know, supposedly the couple, you know this, is how, because she is married. she has a husband. supposedly this is how they celebrated their three-week wedding anniversary killing this one guy they are charged with killing. >> right. very bizarre. i mean just the fact of her confessing to those things and these things happen, obviously this man is deceased there is obviously some mental issues, mental health issues here. so i think she is trying to, like she said, she is probably liking the limelight or trying to set a defense. jon: she is a teenager. most teenagers are not that aware of the court system and how it works to be laying the groundwork, i mean to be consciously laying the groundwork for an insanity defense. >> which is a great point but also her groundwork is going to fail because the more she flaps her gums, the more it is apparent she knows the difference between right and wrong. any successful insanity defense
they would have to prove it. to be honest, insanity defense is almost deceased. last successful one is andrea yates and this is no andrea yates. >> her attorney may argue, the fact that my client is confessing all these things, that she doesn't have the mental capacity to understand the legal process. she is not taking my advice. >> that would be incompetency, not insanity. jon: after john hinckley, jr., was acquitted of shooting president reagan on using an insanity defense, state legislatures all across the country changed the laws and made it a lot more difficult to bring that kind of thing? >> exactly. jon: to say i'm a satan worshiper and we killed all these people that doesn't necessarily amount to insanity. >> right. >> if she knew the difference between right and wrong. clearly she did. the way she is talking to the media about confessing other crimes. she knows killing people is wrong. so her insanity defense will not fly. jon: there is talk about bringing the reporter she has been talking to into the court
and making him testify. >> right. jon: is that going to fly? >> well i heard that the district attorney since withdrew that subpoena because apparently there are other witnesses other than that reporter who will be able to come in and talk about things she confessed to. i think it is pretty ironic she will go to trial and making all these confessions. i can't see, this is done, deliberately. there is obviously mental health issues here. jon: as far as i know, i mean, there might be things about this investigation that police are keeping under wraps but as far as i know, they have not been able to substantiate any of these other claims of hers. >> not. not even scintilla of evidence to support any of them. if there happens to be some, then they can charge her. you can't charge somebody based solely on confession. think about it, you would have a lot of people to get three square meals a day going to jail, would confess to crimes that didn't exist, but they have evidence of killing this electrician, the 42-year-old guy
that brought about this arrest. >> unless she mounts a successful insanity defense, which she won't, she will serve time for 24 crime. there is plenty there. jon: jon: jonna, quiche sharks thank you for being on. jenna: why tens of thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal records were simply released from custody. we'll dig into that story. plus we'll take a look at what is ahead tomorrow in the testimony on capitol hill from the ceo of general motors. amid a shocking new report that federal investigators reportedly ignored calls to investigate a deadly ignition problem, not once but twice. what's behind this? ♪
from a house committee over an ignition problem in some gm cars linked to 13 deaths. dagen mcdowell joins us from the fox business network to discuss this. dagen a big week for gm's ceo. what are we looking for what do we expect with this hearing? >> reporter: we should remind people she has only been on the job for i believe less than three months. so this is a big day for her. the central question in front of this house subcommittee tomorrow and in front after senate panel on wednesday, why did it take so long for general motors to recall these now, 2.6 million vehicles that had faulty ignition switches linked to, as you pointed out, 13 deaths and 31 crashes. we know this. gm knew the problem existed more than a decade ago and congressional investigators have just come out and said that gm rejected a proposed fix for these ignition switches in 2005, because it would have taken too long. and cost too much money. but it is not just mary barra who has to answer some tough
questions. also the acting head of the national highway traffic safety administration will be before that same subcommittee and that same congressional report that has come out, these investigations found, those regulators twice declined to open formal probes into the complaints about these general motors cars once in 2007 and once in 2010. so it looks like everybody was falling down on the job. jenna: that is interesting because that would shift the blame to not just on general motors but potentially the federal government as well for not taking action. overall this is a slow moving storm if you will for general motors. as far as their reputation, as far as their stock, as far as their company, what does it mean for them? >> through yesterday the stock just so far this year is down about 15%. and the real toll will develop in the coming weeks and months when we see what's happened to general motors sale. mary barra has tried to get out in front of this. she has posted videos.
she has apologized to the families who lost loved ones in these crashes but again there is justice department probe into this. there are going to be, there will abu nammi of lawsuits which already started. and it also remains to be seen because general motors went bankrupt, it was rescued by the federal government back in 2009. that the liabilities were shifted away from the new company in this bankruptcy but if general motors willingly hid this information from the bankruptcy court about the ignition switches that will be all together different story really for general motors. jenna: wow. let's be clear bit, dagen. there is no question in these deaths, in the 13 deaths this was a factor. can you explain a little bit what actually happened inside the vehicle? >> sure, it seems like a simple problem. actually general motors knew about it and issued a warning to dealers, telling dealers, tell customers, don't use heavy key chains. what was happening in the ignition switch it would switch
from being in the on position, out of the on position. but then the power steering would stop working and the airbags would not deploy when the key shifted out of the on position. so that's how those deaths occurred because the airbags failed to go off. jenna: wow. you could easily understand, how many keys do you have on your key chain? i have a lot on my key chain. >> right. jenna: thinking about it how easy it would be, and if you're one of the families affected by this. >> there are report that is gm fought some of these families, kind of well, lack for a better word, threatened them. there was a story in the "new york times" when the families tried to take legal action against gm some years ago. jenna: wow. really interesting story. all just sort of coming to light. we'll watch the hearings closely to hear what they have to say. >> exactly. jenna: dagen, great to see you. >> you too, jenna. jon: coming up a new study how weight affects your health and it might surprise you. why being too thin could be even more dangerous than being
jon: big developments on top stories and breaking news this hour. jenna: deadline day, sort of, to sign up for health care coverage. enrollment numbers surge. we'll look at what's behind the numbers and what it means for the midterm elections this november. double whammy for california. two earthquakes followed by 200 after shocks. people obviously a little concerned about this seismic shaking and whether or not it could foreshadow the big one. and we hear it all the time. being overweight is very, very bad for you, right sf new
research looks at how being too skinny could also affect your health. it's fair and balanced today. it's all "happening now." we can't just do one side. jon: i'm waiting to see this one. jenna: we'll talk about that and actually health care is one of the top stories today. the obamacare enrollment deadline is just hours away. the health care website has crashed again. welcome to this hour of "happening now." very eventful news day. jon: just a bug in the system we're told. jenna: that's what they say. nothing to do with the enrollment numbers. jon: health and human services says the health care.gov website was down for maintenance nearly six hours this morning after a software bug was developed over night that had to be repaired. meanwhile, white house says more than six million americans have signed up so far as recent polls show a majority of americans oppose them all. that poses a problem for democrats in this year's midterms. let's bring in bret baier,
anchor of "special report" from washington. the problem apparently is that the democrats have to go out and say, yeah, we brought you obamacare. we accomplished it. we built this thing. we want you to love it and we want you to reelect us because of it. >> yeah. it's a challenge and clearly, some democrats are choosing different ways to deal with that, especially red state democrats, republican leaning states that they're fighting for re-election efforts. some are running way from obamacare in specific ads that they've run. others are saying and using the phrase that it is very popular now on capitol hill. mend it, don't end it. and focussing on the republicans' efforts to repeal it sometimes in the house. real issue is the numbers and if the premiums for everyone go up because of the equation not working out exactly the way the administration wanted it to with young people, the percentage not
being as high. if the premiums are recalculated before november, it makes it that much tougher for the democrats running on obamacare. jon: they asked whether health care was the burning issue in america now. this whole thing was sort of hoisted upon people who weren't necessarily all that interested in getting the entire health care system torn apart. some are saying their campaign ads say we don't want to go back to the bad old days when this could happen or that could happen. i'm not sure the people are going to be thinking they were such bad ole' days. >> clearly there were problems and both sides of the aisle acknowledge that reform had to happen one way or the other. the reform that was put through only on democratic votes did not do a lot of things that many,
both democrats and republicans, thought was possible. tort reform across state lines, those type of things are in some of the republican alternative plans that have yet to move forward. republicans have been unified around one. jon: there are a couple of things that are popular in the law. keeping kids on their parents' insurance plans until 26, a ban on preexisting conditions as a disqualification for getting insurance, those things are popular but they could have been passed legislatively without upending the entire apple court. >> that's the question. could you have done it in a different way that the insurance companies would sign on to have those specific provisions in there? the getting your kid on there until 26 is very popular if you poll on just that question. or no preexisting conditions, very popular if you poll on just that. but if you add all the rest of
the things that obamacare has put on in that 2700 page law, then it becomes a problem. >> big story in the l.a. times says that 9 1/2 million people roughly who didn't have insurance before now have it as a result of obamacare. that apparently includes such as medicaid signups and so forth but the numbers get so confusing in this thing. we know that what, five million people lost their policies because of the onset of obamacare so who is keeping tabs on the winners and losers and can we trust this 9 1/2 million number? >> there's all kinds of numbers out there. the 6 1/2 million the administration is touting deals with private insurance signups but even in that number, there are things we don't know. how many didn't have insurance before? how many have yet to pay a premium which essentially is getting your insurance for the first time? and we still don't know
specifically the demographic breakup of this 6 1/2 number. you talk about nine. there are numbers all over the place. there could be 45 million americans uninsured still at the end of this year. jon: wow. all right. bret baier, more on "special report" tonight. "special report" airs at 6:00 p.m. eastern. jenna: in the meantime, fox news alert out of california. more than 100 tremors shaking los angeles this weekend. after two back to back earthquakes friday night. the cakquakes toppling things o shelves. more than 200 people were forced from their homes after cracks in foundations. all of this causing concern because scientists say the next big one could put l.a. in serious danger. adam knows something about
earthquakes being from california. these were big enough to make you a little nervous. >> yeah. we felt a few of them over the years, haven't we? and being from california, you know that for -- well, since i've been born and before that, you heard experts say the big one is coming and we've had a few big ones in california. it does shake people up, pardon the pun, but also reminds people to be prepared and make sure you have water and food and that kind of thing. if the big one does hit at some point. these two earthquakes in orange county got areas like fuller ton, bre, you can see cracks in windows and doors and some of the walls that came down. masonite blocks. a lot of damage as bottles came off shelves. 30 miles way on the west side of california, l.a., and some people felt it and some didn't at all. when you talk to locals, there's a wide variety of how people felt and dealt with this quake. >> everything was on the floor,
you know? as i say, most of the dishes i have left are in the dishwasher. >> the bed is moved, the armoir is laid down on the beds. if anybody was down there, they would have been gone. >> there have been hundreds of after shocks. most of them are so small, you don't notice it. you might say it's a bus driving by and you feel a little shake. you don't know if it's an earthquake or a bus driving by a building that's not built that well. you have a lot of smaller ones that people don't even notice at all. the question really comes down to, is this one of two things. some specialists will say this is a precursor to the big one. others say this is taking off the pressure and decreases the likelihood of the big one. no one really knows. other issue they're finding is there's so many faults throughout california. really there's even some possibles there's faults out there that a lot of
seismologists don't really know exist or potentially don't exist. it makes it interesting to watch how this all plays out. the best thing to do is prepare and make sure you have water and food and that kind of thing. you have the ability to sustain yourself until the lights go back on. jenna: we js like a little bit of a remind examiner then we're good. >> it's better than long, snowy winters. jenna: do you know what? i'll give you that one. i'll give you that one. point one for houseley. adam, thank you. jon: this fox news alert from the korean peninsula. one of the most dangerous hot spots on earth right now. the north and south exchanging fire. hundreds of artillery shells and rockets being shot across their disputed border. the rising tensions forcing south koreans living along the front lines to evacuate their homes and look for cover in
secure shelters. here is more on what's on there. >> north koreans fired first in this particular incident. some 500 artillery shells fired by north korean forces. you see the demilitarized zone that separates the two koreas there. that zone goes into the yellow sea off the west coast of the korean peninsula there and 100 of those artillery shells crossed that line and fell in south korean waters so the south koreans hit back, firing 300 of their own shells. what you're looking at here is what may be one of the reasons why the north koreans acted. these are exercises between the u.s. and south korean military forces. the north koreans don't like the fact that they're going on and a lot of analysts say that's why they launched these artillery shells as a warning shot. if you like, it's not as if they haven't done it before. go back to november 2010. north koreans fired a bunch of
shells again and then they landed on some of the islands in those waters in the yellow sea and actually killed four south koreans in that instance. now, cooler his prevailed at that time. others hope it will this time but there are differences now. the new untested leader of north korea, he's very un predipredic. he's involved in a power struggle at home so no one can say what he might do next. there's already some reports coming out that the north koreans may be planning another nuclear test. the russians have said that is a very worrying development. the white house has put out a statement on today's incident of the artillery firing saying that it is, quote, dangerous and provocative and everything in that region of the world is dangerous.
jon: thank you. jenna: what was called a promising lead turns into another false alarm and the search for malaysian airlines flight 370. australian pilot says his crew spotted at least four large orange objects in the indian ocean but now australian officials say those turned out to be nothing but fishing equipment. they say the search for the jetliner will continue. it is a race against time as we've said as the batteries in the blk box will soon expire. meantime, community of malaysian chinese holding a candlelight vigil last night showing sympathy as the families of 239 people on board continue to wait for answers. jon: texas a key battleground in the fight over obamacare as enrollment deadline for the president's health care law arrives. we'll talk to senator now ripping obamacare's changes to medicare advantage. plus diet soda. supposed to be healthier than all that sugary stuff, right? a new study raises some red
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and based on the comps that i've found, the timing is perfect. ...there's a lot of buyers for a house like yours. (dad) that's good to know. (mom) i'm so excited. jenna: jew health care law as the deadline is today for coverage this year. there is a little wiggle room as we've mentioned. there has been a surge of signups and the white house is hopeful they can hit the seven million mark they put out there. six million is what they would consider the right number, if you will, of enrollees but there could be some interesting political ramifications for this all. the l.a. times writing this. the millions of news insured also create a politically important constituency that may complicate any future republican repeal efforts. texas certainly is a state that's perhaps one of the most resistant to the laws. it has one of the highest number
of residents without shurinsura. we're going to talk to the senator running for re-election this year. let me ask you about that quote from the l.a. times. with people joining into obamacare and i'm using that term lightly, they're signing up for different insurance through the exchanges, how does that impact your strategy, if at all, moving forward about how to address this law? >> well, by and large, the people who are signing on to the exchanges are people who have lost their existing coverage which, of course, the president said if you like what you have, you can keep it. that's proving not to be true. so while people are trying to replace the coverage that they've lost, they're finding their choices are fewer and they're losing the doctor, the hospital that they like and they're finding their premiums going up. people stopping me in the grocery store over the weekend said that, you know, my deduct i believe is now $5,000.
i can't afford that. so this is what happens when washington tries to take over this 1/6 of our economy and it's not working. jenna: there are 300,000 texans and that's the latest number, the old number from march 1 already enrolled in some sort of plan through obamacare, if you will. so how does that -- again, going back to the question, how does that impact what you do about the law? if you have 300,000 in your residents in your plan, what's your message what they should do moving forward if this is now insurance that they're going to rely upon? >> the biggest problem when it comes to access to health care is cost and obamacare has made that problem worse, not better. what we're going to do is to offer people different choices which will help bring down the costs and make it more affordable. i think most people will make a lower cost choice given the
alternates but they don't have one. right now obamacare reports to be a one size fits all. jenna: would your proposal be through another plan? just the fact it's a federal plan. lindsey graham was on last hour and he would like to see across state insurance purchases. what do you think is the way to go if you're offering an alternative? >> it's called the free enterprise system and it's consumer choice and as we found in other instances, the sellers, providers will compete for business with consumers and what happens is consumers get better prices and better service. that's what is totally missing now. there are is no choice. the government chooses for you with obamacare and it mandates coverage you don't need, driving costs through the roof which makes harder to get access. jenna: but that is the law that isn't in the books right now. what is the strategy then that you're going to propose to
change that? can you propose anything different now? >> the president is, of course, reluctant to change his signature health care law but we're finding more and more senate democrats who are running for re-election in november are now acknowledging flaws in the legislation but i'm doubtful harry reid, the senate majority leader, is going to give them a vote on those changes. this is pretty much baked in the cake. this is four years in the making. this wasn't a surprise. many of us who were skeptical about what obamacare, whether it would work, had predicted this in the first place so i think after the november election, hope. ly we'll have democrats wake up and work with us to try to replace obamacare with more price conscious choices and give consumers choices rather than have a one size fits all government mandate. jenna: we'll see and look forward to the interview in the future right now as you map out. let us ask you a final question.
administration is taking on texas, if you will, and says that the barrage of misinformation in texas is hurting your texas residents and, in fact, only half of the total that they're looking for to get signed up have signed up so far. what's your response to that? do you think that the texas government is to blame here for a lack of signups in your states and is the barrage of misinformation hurting some residents? >> the president likes to blame others for problems in his making. it's not worked the way he promised it would in terms of access to care, in terms of cost and the ability to keep what you have if you like it. so his credibility is taking a body blow and it's going to hurt his political party in this election. hopefully it will give us an opportunity in the aftermath to work together with our democratic friends to come up with a replacement that is more
affordable and leaves the choices in consumers' hands rather than the government. jenna: look forward to having you back, sir. thank you very much. >> thank you. jon: the white house claims this administration has been tough on illegal immigrants. but a bobbing shell new report says thousands of criminals got just a slap on the risk and were then set free. plus who needs roads? this truck bolts from police over sidewalks, through yards. see how this guy was finally taken down. epic classical♪ music stops ♪music resumes music stops ♪music resumes [announcer] purina pro plan's bioavailable formulas deliver optimal nutrient absorption. [owner] come on. [announcer] purina pro plan. nutrition that performs.
sidewalks and narrowly missing pedestrians. spike strips slowed them down 20 minutes later and that's when the two suspects bailed out and ran for it until they gave up and were taken down. it usually ends that way, as you know, one officer was injured but will be okay. two 18-year-olds will appear in court tomorrow facing multiple wreckless driving charges and breaking and entering after purses were also found in the car that apparently did not belong to them. jon: if they only had that kind of car chase in l.a. new concerns now about border security after it was revealed 68,000 illegal i mean grnts with criminal convictions were released last year from custody. that according to an internal document that the department of homeland security. this directly undercuts claims from democrats that president obama has strictly enforced this nation's immigration laws. shannon is live with more in washington on that. >> according to the report about 35% of those they call drill aliens encountered by i.c.e.
officials were released opposed to being deported. while the majority of illegal immigrants, small number likely included legal i mean grnts who are considered deportable because they've committed a serious crime. as for criminal, we're talking about misdemeanors or felonies but nothing like a traffic violation chls report shows some of the highest incidences of criminals happened in san antonio, los angeles, houston and atlanta. g.o.p. senator sessions, a critic of how the i mean grigs policy has played out says this. the preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in america has collapsed. d.a. test is a department in crisis. senator jonathan must reject the president's demands to weaken
enforce the further and tell him that his duty as and his officers' duty, is to enforce the law. the secretary has made clear he shares the president's commitment of enforcing immigration laws effective until line with our valleys. he went on to say there is an ongoing review enforcement policy and that it will be conducted expeditiously. jon: shannon in washington, thank you. jenna: the administration pulling out all the stops on deadline day for obamacare. vice president biden appearing on rachel ray to get people to sign up. is the media coverage of the story fair and balanced? that's the topic for our panel next. ongoing search for answers in the deadly terror attack in benghazi. what lawmakers are planning to do next.
jenna: lawmakers continue to try to get answers about the deadly attack on our benghazi consulate over a year ago. the focus will likely be on the failure of the state department to approve requests for more security at the consulate and looking into the talking points by the obama administration after the attack. four americans, including our ambassador to libya, chris stevens, were killed in the september 11 assault. katherine is live in washington with more on the story. what is the former number two at the c.i.a. saying and why is that important this week? >> well, thank you. good morning. after the sunday talk shows, fox news approached the former
deputy director of the c.i.a. to answer a series of questions which ranged from his contact with the house intelligence committee to allegations that he misled clock over his role in the talking points and that of administration and as you can see here, he told fox that he didn't have time to respond. since we first began reporting on the angle. he referred fox's questions to the c.i.a. public affairs office but when we asked who authorized the use of the c.i.a. office, which is taxpayer funded and he has retired, we were told this morning that it was actually an informal arrangement. leading legal analysts now question whether the statements to three republican senators in the fall of 2012 where he allegedly blamed the f.b.i. are a violation of a broad statute that applies to making false statements. in a recent interview, senator graham called on him to deconflict his story and explain his post c.i.a. career decisions. >> he had the number two at the c.i.a. working closely with the
white house to come up with a story politically beneficial to the president seven weeks before an election that totally changed the facts on the ground. i think for political purposes. now where is mike? he's in the private sector working with a grup of people tied to the hillary clinton camp and others who know a lot about benghazi. >> the fact of the memo and the talking points is important. many believe that there was political influence on the changing of those talking points in that particular -- in the days that happened right after the event. we need to make sure if that, in fact, is not true. >> the hearing this week is the first public hearing with the witness whose role leads directly to the state department.
jenna: thank you. jon: the white house is making one last major push ahead of tonight's sort of obamacare dead lean. joe biden appears on rachel ray today. he's trying to get people to sign up. at kathleen sebelius deals with glitches on health care.gov today while joining others in the administration to push obamacare as a success story. on page a 2 of "the washington post," there's this bolded pullout calling the affordable care act president obama's signature domestic achievement. with the media following the story fairly? joining us is alan colmes, and mr. wipinkeringston. president obama's signature domestic achievement, what does that say to you, jim? >> well, actually, it's a little
confused considering the fact emmanuel has said it will take until 2020 before we really know whether the thing works. at that point, we will know it's a great triumph and it's wonderful. you know, associated press polls this morning has support for obamacare at 26%. that's the lowest ever according to the a.p. if this is their signature achievement, bring it on because it looks good to republicans in the midterms. jon: the bolded headline left out the line that followed in the actual body of the piece, alan, which said signature domestic achievement and one of the most polarizing pieces of u.s. social policy. >> polarizing because it is a signature domestic achievement and the fact it already is successful and make that point in a moment why it is, for hem to admit it on the other side, ideologically and emotionally tied to it not working, they would have to revise what they said the last four years. members in the l.a. times today has a story about 9 1/2 million people who previously did not
have health care, do and they went on a list of independent surveying showing how many have medicaid, medicare, how many are on their mrarnts' plan, how many people who are new signups. nine million people bought health plans directly from private insurance. this is a signature achievement, it is successful but the other side can't bring themselves to admit it. jenna: we don't know yet how many of those people who you say bought health care have actually paid. >> they're not going to have health care if they don't pay but the numbers speak for themselves. metric has been met. bloomberg poll shows 64% either want no change in the affordable care act or only slight changes. the idea those still want to overturn it is just -- you know, they're spinning their wheels at this point. >> as senator barack said we don't have any idea what the true numbers are and the administration has not at all been forthcoming as chris wallace pointed out yesterday.
remember, the whole notion of what obamacare is kind of collapsed on march 13 when secretary sebelius issued about the nine million revision of the rule saying you don't have to register at all for the mandate if you don't want to. so it's optional to join and it's optional to pay. if i have those two variables, i can make any number work. i can be clear all of us are registered by obamacare. >> that's not the long-term goal to have it optional to pay. ultimately people will have to pay a penalty or have it as they did in massachusetts under mitt romney. it has been a success, it is a success, numbers have been met. if the numbers hadn't been met, you can't bring yourselves on the right to admit to actual numbers that have been verified by the mckenzie and company, a number of independent surveys tho show the number of signups taken place so far. >> and the architect of the plan, we'll know for sure in 2020. jon: speaking of paying, jim,
the same "the washington post" article talking about the premiums. president said we were going to lower health care costs by an average of $2,500 a person. the same "the washington post" article, if i can squeeze it in there, has that front page piece that says rising premiums and fines may test the law's future. the president didn't talk about rising premiums. why is that not getting coverage? >> he said that the $2,500, if your health care costs would fall by a third. from $7,500 to $5500. that was six years ago. this same article in "the washington post" says everybody knows that the insurance companies came in with low ball prices to get people in and will be raising their prices immediately thereafter. cleveland clinic said yesterday that the whole plan is obviously -- they're going to cost way more. there's a reason why the american people are rejecting this. >> they're not. we disa degree fundamentally. they're not rejecting it.
i'm not spinning it and i resent you telling me i'm spinning it. a number of independent organizations have verified it. people have -- the majority of americans do want the affordable care act and do like it. this is not spin. these are real numbers. the right cannot admit the success of a signature achievement of a president they don't like. >> that's why the democrats in spinning swing states try to come up with their own plan. they put some distance from obamacare so they can try to survive this november. >> i think they're making a big mistake. jon: that's another story we're going to have you on to talk about another time and the media coverage thereof. alan colmes, jim pinkerton, thank you both. jenna: fox 411 on milestones in television. how i met your mother wrapping up with the final episode
tonight and the walking dead aired last night with record breaking ratings expected. here is more on those hits. >> a big show last night. after the legendary run of 208 episodes, the show's main character played by josh radner finally concluding the nine year long story by telling his kids how he met their mother. his first meeting of the mother of his two children will only be part of tonight's one hour series finale and also follow the characters from 2013 to a future head talking to his kids in on 2030. the story of ted and his friends coming to age in 2005. recent episodes featured the wedding of robin and barney. news of a second child on the way for lily and marshall played by jason and a flash forward conversation between ted and the still unnamed mother that led some fans to speculate that she may be dead by the time the
story ends. tonight's finale airs at 8:00 p.m. another season finale and one that will continue to leave fans belling for more, amc "the walking dead." in the fourth season finale last night, the zombie drama was the most terrifyingly intense hour thus far. but many fans might have been a bit disappointed because no major characters died. there were still plenty of gory moments like when rick stopped his son from saving a man's life and then watched his face get ripped off by walkers. then carl was almost raped by a stranger and then rick literally tore open a man's jugular with his teeth. i guess that's why the show airs at 10:00 p.m. after the kids go to bed. most likely season five will return in the fall. jon: it's a little bloody. >> it's a little graphic. 10:00 p.m., i hope the kids in
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jon: a study about weight might turn conventional wisdom on its head. keeping pounds off is good for your health. but obesity might not be the only danger. research conducted by a hospital in toronto find that being too thin can be more dangerous than being obese. what does this mean if you're trying to stay fit and trim?
an assistant professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation at n.y.u. school of medicine. you know the old saying, you can never be too thin or too rich but there is a danger in being too thin apparently. >> yeah. we don't usually think about it. we think about people being too obese or overweight. we hear about heart disease but if you're too thin, your body has a hard time regulating different thing. it's related to muscle mass, not necessarily fat. people who have, let's say, cancer or infectious diseases like h.i.v. or other things, you know, if they're very thin, you can tell that they're probably sick, more likely to die than somebody overweight. in this study, they looked at people for a little longer. it wasn't just that. they found that people were almost two times more likely to die if they're underweight compared to regular weight. so one of the reasons is that their bones may be weak, their muscles are weak.
even if you fall, if you have a little more cushioning, you're more likely to do better. jon: these are people who may have an underlying problem anyway that's causing them to be thin. >> they were more likely to be mal nourished. you can be obese and also malnourished but if you're underweight, you're more likely to have that problem. they looked at newborns and infants. underweight as a body, you're more likely to die as a result of that. jon: we're not necessarily talking about people who maybe starve themselves to be thin or -- >> we are talking about them, too. so if you do that on purpose, the reason that anorexia is so dangerous is because you're throwing your body out of whack so your kidney has a hard time controlling the different chemicals and minerals in your body. on top of that, if you think about it, if you have very little weight, you have less fat to burn if you get sick. neighbor who has the flu may lose body weight. if you don't have a lot of reserve there, you might have a
problem. you don't want to be overweight but it's important to stay in the normal range. jon: a lot of people drink diet soda because they think it will keep the pounds off but now there are indications that diet society a is associated with an increase in heart disease and even death. >> exactly. that's a big surprise but any time you take sugar out of a drink, you're putting something else in. so one thing we wonder about is whether some of these artificial sweeteners might be predisposing you to have other health problems but it's hard to tell. this new study that came out looked at people who drank diet drinks but who drinks diet drinks? a lot of times it's people who may have diabetes trying to avoid sugar, people who might be overweight or obese so they might be already at an increased risk to develop heart disease or other problems. jon: 30% more likely to have a heart attack and 50% more likely to die. that's unbelievable. >> exactly and it's very
terrifying and also a little misleading when we say just women. this study was done on 60,000 women who are middle aged. they didn't look at men. we don't know if it's related to the diet soda or more likely the people in the study are maybe more at risk to develop heart disease. that's one of the issues. jon: drink water when you're thirsty. >> exactly. jon: dr. debbie, thank you. >> thank you. jenna: new tensions in ukraine today. a high profile russian politician visiting crimea sparking fury in kiev. we'll tell you about that. we're waiting for a white house briefing on obamacare. here's a word you should keep in mind "unbiased". some brokerage firms are but way too many aren't. why? because selling thfunds makes them more money. which makes you wonder. isn't at a conflict? search "proprietary mutual funds". yikes!! then go to e*trade.
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no doubt who controls crimea. prime minister is visiting the region and holding a government meeting there. the most senior politician to do so since russia annexed the peninsula. ukraine quick to condemn the visit calling it a, quote, crude violation but it continues. in the mean time, word that russia is withdrawing a military battalion from a region near ukraine's border. it's not clear what's behind the move especially with tens of thousands of troops still mobilized for action. jennifer griffin has more on this. >> hi, jenna. native supreme ally commander was supposed to testify before the senate armed services committee tomorrow but the defense secretary hagel ordered him to cut short his trip to the u.s. and return to europe as the ukraine crisis intensifies. russia's deputy prime minister tweeted this photo of himself upon arrival in crimea today with the words, crimea is ours and that's that. he was travelling with russia's prime minister on that high profile visit to crimea offering
higher pensions and salaries to the local crimian popular, an effort to consolidate control over the peninsula. battalion of russian troops is pulling back from the border with ukraine but the rest of the 42,500 russian troops on ukraine's border have given no indication that they are leaving. nato ministers will meet in brussels on tuesday and wednesday to decide whether to increase their military presence in eastern europe. after four hours of one-on-one talks in paris sunday, russia's foreign minister and secretary of state john kerry were unable to come up with a meaningful agree many. >> any real progress in ukraine must include a pullback of the very large russian force that is currently massing along ukraine's borders. we believe that these forces are creating a climate of fear and intimidation. >> what kind of pullback from crimea are you talking about? we are now in the territory of
russian confederation. >> that's russia's ambassador to the u.s. on sunday on sunday, germany had to make remarks to students comparing vladmir putin's actions to hitler's actions in 1938. jenna: we'll continue to watch the story. thank you. jon: get ready to play ball. it is opening day today. baseball already getting started in some towns and the players aren't the only ones topping the highlight reels just yet. see one ball girl's incredible catch.
today. respiratory look at the san diego pad rows ballclub. there goes the ball. she gets the one. >> that a girl! nice. and cheers from the crowd as well. that drops la to 2 and 1 in the standings. >> do you so the guys behind her that have gloves and that run away. and she stands there and takes it. that is a real player. saves the day. >> there you go. good jump, too. la got beat by the diamondbacks. >> i am with basketball. >> la boat the diamondbacks in australia 2- 1. we'll take it for what it is, john. anyway, after a winter like we
had. it is nice to have baseball going on. >> we'll take. it thank you for joining us. thanks, everybody. america's news headquarters starts right now. >> play ball. and update on obama care, a last-minute push to get more americans to sign up on healthcare.gov, crashing on a critical day. i am bill hemmer. welcome to hq. how are you, elizabeth. >> the obama care website stumbling as it did months ago. chris is watching this oh, darfur this morning. the website is sticking today. >> it is sticky and icky. and they couldn't get the countdown right in healthcare.gov. they said you had 15 days to it sign up when it was down to a matter of hours and that is