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but he seriously pounds m and the knights fate is sealed. wild take this is one 6-1. >> the home team has won. >> another special event today in sports was the daytona 500 looking at the final lap, matt kenseth leading and he goes to block and ram lynn drives unneither and they -- hamlin drives underneath them and they touch. he battles to the line and it is hamlin nipping through at the x-line. >> for my career for sure. >> i haven't got a championship yet, this is the biggest win. >> i wish we could have won obviously but we have to watch the rest of my career i suppose. >> today was a great day. we all want to win. it is just a competetion. i i uldn't -- i would be lying
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>> this the closest finish in daytona history, joust four inches, third was kyle bush and fifth was carl edwards. >> think about how clcle that is. four inches. >> oh.h. and that's a long race to lose by four inch. >> oh, wow.
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look >> well cop pennsylvania we might be getting rain. >> tomorrow morning we will start with a foggy start wwh temperatures near freezing or just above it. then, tomorrow night is when we are going to see the rain really start to move into the area. then after we push through that wintery mix into tuesday morning it is a great week as temperatures still stay in the 40s as far as our high. >> it is good have those 40s, >> [ laughter ] >> by the way, tonight if you think you are freezing cold in winter weatherthese russian winter swimmers found a new way to build up their stamina and concentratn by playing chess in icy water. take a look.
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this weekend, swimmers plungeed into the with you of around 41 degrees fahrenheit for a ess game that testst it mental and physical strength. each round lasted more than five minute. >> wow. >> that looks so cold. >> yeah. >> no thank you. >> i don't know if i could do that. >> no. >> from all [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] sharyl: hello. i'm sharyl attkisson. welcome to "full measure." as loud and divisive as the presidential campaign has been so far, both parties agree on one thing -- health care is one of the top issues concerning americans.
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found 59% of likely voters consider reducing the e st of health care more important than making sure everyone has insurance, which is the goal of obamacare. but what can consumers to do control their cost? these days, it's easy to comparison shop for just about anything, except medical care, one of the most expensive services you'll ever need. that gave us an idea. we partnered on a project to try to comomre prices of specififi procededes. we ended up with some incredible results at show it pays to shop around. scott haller: i was often sent to the wrong place many times. sharyl: scott haller played the role of patient in our project. he's a research assistant at the boston-based pioneer institute research group. the initute helped conduct a survey for "full measure" of 54 hospitals in six states -- texas, new york, california, iowa, north carolina and florida. scott h.: i would call the operator and ask for a cost estimate for an mri of my left
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basically see where they sent me because it could be one of many different places. sharyl: shopping around is more crucial than ever with so many consumers paying thousands in cash out of pocket under obamacare, according to the pioneer institute's barbara anthony. barbara: the reason this is important is because we are now living in an age of high-deductible health plans. it used to be that your insurance coverage would take care of your healthcare expenses from the first dollar of your expenses. well, that's no longer the case. sharyl: getting a cost estimate for an mri radiology procedure that takes images of the inner but scott found it was like pulling teeth. scott h.: the operator would frequently send me straight to the mri department, who are on the frontlines of giving the mri's and don't actually know anything about the billing. people could be a little bit rude to you. all sorts of stuff really. sharyl: getting even partial
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phone calls. scott h.: one time i was told to call an 800 number and got a coal company, who then immediately told me to dial 1-866 instead and that got me to where i wanted to go and they've obviously been through that before, but also there were many times where i would leave a message, sometimes multiple messages, on the same person's phone and they would just not get back to me after waiting over a week. and sometimes they'd callllack and say, "i don't even know why you're calling me." barbara: in 25% of the cases that we called, 25% of the hospitals thatate called, 14 of them we were actually unable to get a final price. sharyl: the pioneer institute found hospitals around the country are ill-prepared to provide prices to a consumer asking for basic information. joe fifer: this is a big ship that we're turning as an industry. sharyl: joe fifer is ceo of the healthcare financial management association, which represents many hospital finance hospitals that we called, 14 of them we were actually unable to get a final price. executives. joe: i don't defend the fact that it's very difficult for patients to navigate their way through this. that is something that we need to fix.
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an industry. sharyl: he says what makes it so hard is the complex system set up by the government and insurers using thousands of arcane codes with different fees depending on who's paying the bill -- private insurance, the government, or you. joe: almost all of these codes have dollars assssiated with them t tt are on these chargrg sters. they really becomeme part of a calculation to a different payment methodology. sharyl: so you kind of lost me. joe: i'm sure i did. one good analogy is if you ever go into a hotel room and you look at the charge sticker that's on the back of the door, it's usually some charge that's significantly higher than what you're paying. they probably don't collect that charge that's on the back of the hotel door from anybody, it really means very little, that's kind of like what these hospital charges are like. sharyl: maybe that's why the prices we did get in our survey were wildly inconsistent and not tied to a city's size or cost of living. for example, one hospital ininhe
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for the knee mri. but a hospital in smaller des moines, iowa quoted $3,500. that's eight and a half times as much for the exact same procedure. similar dramatic ranges are found within the same region. in orlando, one hospital charged as little as $877 total. another charged close to $2,000 and didn't even includehe fee to read the mri. hospitals in los angeles charged from $400 to $2800. raleigh-durham, about $1000 to $2700. des moines, also from about $1,000 to $3500. dallas-ft. worth, $500 to $4200. and the biggest disparity was in the new york city area. the cheapest knee mri was about $440. another hospital in the area -- the most expensive in the survey -- charged $4,500. barbara: i think we called
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the new york city region. there was a difference in price of 1,000%, from the lowest price in new york to the highest price in new york. the point is, there are differences and they are huge. and from the research we did, we couldn't figure out what would account for these huge differences s price. sharyl: in a similar study confined to massachusetts last year, the pioneer institute also found "price information difficult to obtain" -- even though massachusetts requires hospitals to give it under the strictest transparency law in the u.s. and the ranges were equally baffling. a dermatologist rereving a wart cost anywhere from $85 to $400. a routine eye exam at an ophthalmologist went for $80 to $327. an adult mri ranged from $700 at one hospital to more than $8,000 at another. fifer says hospitals are not planning to come up with a
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they would all use. but they are working to meet consumer demand to give cost estimates up front. joe: internally, how i would describe it to you is that we're scrambling to be able to develop this capability. but we're probably not moving fast enough for consumers who are, all of a sudden, seemingly overnight, sitting their with a multi-thousand-dollar deductible health plan. barbara: as a country, we are really lagging behind in terms of healthcare price transparency for consumers. it is a very daunting task for the average consumer to find out the price of a procedure before obtaining that procedure. weeally have a long way to go, i think, all over the country, before we give consumers the tools that they need in ordeto spend their healthcare dollars wisely. sharyl: who proved to be the easiest to get quotes from? dentists and dermatotogists, ssibly because they've always had a lot of patatnts who
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doesn't cover their procedures. also, kudos to cedar sinai in los angeles, which provided info on the cost of an mri in just 4 minutes. you can see the entire report at ahead on "full measure" -- the politically hot issue of immigration -- donald trump used it to lalach his presidential campaign. next, we'll talalwith a young, rising political star in france
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sharyl: in france, there is a rising rock star of the political right. a 26-year old with a political pedigree that some might call extreme. but for marion le pen, the issues of migrants and terrorism have combined to ignite a career and d re than a little controversy.y. scott thuman has our story. scott: don't let the adoring fans, swarms of cameras, and photogenic smile fool you. you're looking at one of france's -- or more accurately europe's -- most controversial figures. and no topic has made marion rechal-le pen more t tked about than immigration. marion: there are security consequences. radical islam has emerged. terrorism is one of the more radical drifts. it's just the beginning. in this situation, our partieses are lead to come to power, i
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we are lead to completely change the migration policy implemented by the european elites. scott: the power she spoke of when sitting down to talk with us in paris is the rising right in france and a party called the national front. she believes france should slow, if not, stop allowing a mass migration that she claims is posing a threat. critics say that's hateful, that we should be more accepting of immigrants. when people say the way you speak is hateful, how do youou respond d that? marion: it's a fertile ground for radical islam. i would like to remind that france is the europe's leading exporter of isis soldiers. that underlines a malaise. don't bury your head in the sand. the areas with the higher immigration rates are the areas with a strong insecurity. this immigration policy has failed. scott: isome respects, le pe has become the face of the movement, winning her seat in parliament at age 22 and gaining steam ever since. no stranger to this spotlight, she was literally the poster child during her famous family's political runs. her grandfather, jean-marie, and aunt, marine, now president t the national front, are also considered polarizing. the young le pen is striking a
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population, abortion, and gay marriage. her sentiments are being noticed far from france. she has drawn attention -- and praise -- from othths -- like sarah palin, who c cls le pen a political crush, full of "courage and common sense on a continent that needs both." le pen's popularity, while relatively small here in paris, is hard to ignororin other regions, where supporters say it's not just her tough talk, but her undeniable charisma, that has their movement gaining momentum. critics in the capital city call her rise concerning. > we have spectacular results in favor is hard to ignore in other of the far right which is radically anti-islam, anti-muslim, and anti-so-called immigrants, which is her word for immigrants. scott: one politicalnalyst
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a few years ago. >>the rising voice of the right is creating a new wave of discontent over borders and she is writing that wave -- riding that wave. or blinded by the reality correctness. some associations are standing as the advocates of the jihad. they don't make integration efforts. a large part of muslims express sympathy toward radical islam. and this particular islam isn't compatible neither with democracy nor with the values of the republic, particularly in terms of women's rights, as it's already been shown. scott: that notion, of a french republic on the rise, drove the national front to o win and then a loss in elections last december. but the new party status has
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presidential bid by her aunt next year. and who knows after that. would you like to be president one day? marion: of course, of course. but i have no career strategy. scott:t: you don't t ink about that? marion: i haven't decided to be minister or president. it's not my goal. i go where the people need me. scott: instead she says she's just one of the little soldiers for her aunt in the 2017 election. and, while their party may benefit politically from the migration crisis, several poltical experts told us, they feel the national front has peaked.. sharyl: having met her, do you think it is her message or also her chararma? scott: her name already carries a lot of weight. when you sit down with her, the real testament to her political power is that she has that so-called "it factor." despite having extreme stances by today's standards, she has the ability to draw in supporters, galvanize, and
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it is an intangible that, frankly, a lot of politicians would pay for. it will be interesting to see how far that carries her. sharyl: yes, it will. thanks so much, scott. still ahead on "full measure" -- it's been decades since the military draft has been part of the national debate, but it's back for a new generation and this time for both men and
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sharyl: the draft or "conscription" to compel service was once a right of passage for many young american men. even though it ended 43 years ago, under the law, young men are still required to register for the draft in case it needs to be revived. now, there's new debate over whether the so-called selective service should be less selective. should women be required to register, too? the call of duty could be a consequence of equal rights on the battlefield. sec. carter: we cannot afford to -- this means that as long as
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standards, women will be able to meet the nation and ways they have not been able to before. sharyl: in december, defense secretary ashton carter opened everi single corner of the military to women, without exception. secretary carter: they'll be able to serve as army rangers and green berets, navy seals, marine corps inftry, air force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men. sharyl: carter's speech opened a door to women -- and a new controversy. sen. mccaskill: part of me believes that asking women to register as we ask men to register would maybe, possibly, open up more recruits as women . sharyl: senator claire mccaskill raised the issue at a senate armed services committee hearing earlier this month, diving into a decades-old debate, newly framed in gender equality. >> it's my personal view that every american who is physically qualified should register for the draft. army gen. mark milley: senator, i think that all e,igible and qualified men and women should register for the draft. sharyl: the question went straight to the republican contenders to be next
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martha raddatz: many of you have young daughters. senator rubio, should young women be required to sign up for selective service in case of a national emergency? sen. rubio: first, let me say there are already women today serving in roles that are like combat. i do believe that selective service should be opened up for both men and women, in case a draft is ever instituted. martha: do you believe young women should sign up for selective service, be required to sign up? jeb bush: i . sharyl: ted cruz went hard in the opposite dirirtion. sen. cruz: the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, i think is wrong, it is . sharyl: hillary clinton had reservations. >> the idea of having one -- everyone register concerns me. sharyl: that is different than 2007.
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i do tnk it is fair to call upon every young american. sharyl: bernie sanders did not register for the draft, but filed as a conscientious objector. in 1940, germany was in control of most of europe, the battle of britain was underway, and the u.s. was feeling pressure to enter the war. president roosevelt launched the first draft inineacetime. >> serial number58. sharyl: world war ii ended, but the draft remained -- almost unnoticed, until the vietnam war. pres. johnson: i have today ordered to vietnam the airmobile division and certain other forces, which raise our fighting strength to from 75,000 men to 125,000 men almost immediately. sharyl: the drafafcreated its own conflict on the homefront. most of the men fighting in vietnam were volunteers. but of those draftededmany came from pr or middle class families. there were accusations that many deferrals were granted to the sons of the rich and well-connected. in 1969, the draft became a
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and it was must-see tv. >> september 14. sharyl: by 1973, direct u.s. military action in vietnam ended and so did the draft. today, the director of the selective service agency, lawrence romo, keeps those same capsules and glass jar in his office. dir.r.omo: the majority ofofoung memeare patriotic, they understand that freedom is not free, they understand the importance of registration. sharyl: it's romo's job to make sure 18-year-old men still sign up. he says the agency is equipped to on-ramp women. it would need at least six months notice. dir. romo: the thing is, we've learned with world war i, world war ii, whenever you have a big national emergency you can never say never. sharyl: but wars are run by generals and politicians. no one ever r ks the young people who will fighgh we thought we would, asking a group of high school students -- young men and women -- if women should be required to register. >> i think it's definitely going to be a shock for most women, no doubt, but i do think, in terms
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fair chance for everyone, it's necessary. >> under the current sysysm, if there is a draft and young men are required to, then young women should also be required to. >> if a woman truly cares about her country and she wants to show how much of a supporter she is, she will go, no question asked. >> we shouldn't be allowed to pick and choose where we should be equal. i am a stronbeliever in woman's rights and woman's equality, so if we want equal pay, we ould have the same responsibilities as men do when it comes to serving our country. sharyl: but the larger question many people are asking -- should anyone be required to register for a draft just in case? >> i honestly don't think the draft is a good thing because i think it infringes on our rights. but i think registraton is necessary as an insurance policy
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-- country because we do still have to have that security. >> i don't think that military service should be coerced by the government. >> i have a plan for my life and military is not a part of it, but like ben, i do plan on serving my country in another way. sharyl: the national opinion is split. a recent rasmussen poll reported 52% of womenenppose registering for the drdrt, while 61% of men feel women should sign up. ahead on "full measure" --
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sharyl: the favorite color of the federal government appears to be red. after six years of decline the , budget deficit will increase, $544 billion. that's a much the government is spending more than it actually has. congressional budget office. where, might you ask, could the government save money? oklahoma congressman steve russell offers a few ripe targets from 2015. we "follow the money" in his waste watch report. congressman steve russell outlines some $75 billion in his latest waste watch report. the 20 pages are filled with examples of questionable government spending. the agriculture department served up $250,000 tax dollars to a wisconsin cheese manufacturer to help expand the
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cheese. the report says there was no good reason why one company of 89 wisconsin cheese manufacturers got the government money.y. russell says it is up to private industry, not the government to promote the product. and if you need help washing down that government-subsidized cheese spending, how about a little alcohol? the agriculture department put $250,000 tax dollars on tap for a distillery to use, process, and market its extra-p-pent moonshine. $35,000 spent to help brew up solar-powered beer in michigan. and all together in 2015, the agriculture department provided more than $4.6 million in taxpayer-funded grants to 41 different wineries, distilleries, and breweries, according to the report. and under the heading of art, which is open to interpretation, a state department program provided bags of air, blank cd's, and livestock bones to


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