Success? Check out Obamacare's dismal sign-up numbers

The Obama Administration has made the case that the failure of the Obamacare exchanges to function properly on Tuesday is actually a sign of success. Apparently the glitches in the Healtcare.gov site were a result of SO many people trying to access the site to sign up for healthcare. As it turns out, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

For starters, you have to consider the story of Brendan Mahoney, a law student at the University of Connecticut, who has gone from a self-sufficient member of society to a welfare recipient in a matter of days.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mahoney is a 30-year-old, third year law student who has been insured for the last three years “through a $2,400-a-year school-sponsored health plan. But he wanted to see what Obamacare had to offer.” After trying and failing to login a couple of times, Mahoney finally accessed the exchanges and, much to his surprise, realized he was eligible for Medicaid. So he signed up for Medicaid.

“So the great success story of Obamacare’s first day is the transformation of a future lawyer, who was already paying for his insurance, into a welfare case. There's your success story, gang,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “That's their intent. Get you hooked on welfare. Get you hooked on the dole. If they can get you hooked, then they know you will never, ever get off it. Don't take it. Don't do it. Just say no to Obamacare. It's the most powerful drug that a government has ever asked us to inject into our own veins. Don't do it.”

While Mahoney’s story may be considered a “victory” for the Obama Administration, the dismal signup numbers certainly aren’t.

“But they are saying that the reason why [Healthcare.gov] wasn't working and hasn't been working is because there's too many people online. They have just been bombarded, so more people than they expected,” Glenn said. “In fact, California said their exchange got 5 million hits. 5 million hits. Of course it was going to crash. Who knew there were going to be 5 million hits? Unfortunately, we can check the stats.”

As it turns out, there were not 5 million hits, but rather about 1/10 of that. “While they claim it was 5 million, it was 645,000,” Pat said. “So, 514,000 people actually visited and produced 645,000 hits. Not 5 million”

Considering the government had three years to prepare for the launch of the exchanges, there is simply no excuse for the poor performance of the website – especially when you take into account the extremely low number of people who were visiting the site.

Connecticut is another example.

“One of the Democratic senators was bragging about how great [the Obamacare rollout] was. And said that they got 167 applications the first day. Now, you have three years of constant debate over this, promotion, a gigantic rollout, and people flooding the web site, you would think [more people] went to the sites signed up,” Stu said. “You know, we went to the site and we had no intention of signing up. A lot of people went to check it out to see what the heck it was because it's a big story… Only 0.04% of the uninsured people in Connecticut went to the site on the first day.”

That’s right, only 0.04% of the uninsured population of Connecticut visited Healthcare.gov on Tuesday.

“In Louisiana, which is the state of 4.6 million. I don't know how many of those don't have healthcare, but 4.6 million people live in Louisiana,” Pat said. “How many signed up. How many enrolled in the healthcare system so far? Zero.”

“Blue Cross Blue Shield is saying that. That's where that number comes from,” Stu added. “We were told that insurance companies love this. Think about this. 0.04% is a hard number to wrap your head around. If they had 25 times as many people, they would have 1% of the uninsured that applied.”

So what does this all mean? Staying in line with the theme of today’s radio program, Glenn made the argument this is just another example of ‘nudge, shove, shoot.’

“Let's go back to the original premise of this hour. What happens next? They have nudged. They have told you they made [healthcare] available. Now, today, they are saying, ‘Hey, if you sign up, you get a free phone.’ So, they are start to go give people free phones. There's your next nudge. Here, we can't get you in the door for free healthcare. So now we're going to give you free healthcare and a free phone. They can't even give it away,” Glenn said. “And the next one, after that, it's getting shoved. You are going to get fined. And they are going to say, ‘Where's your healthcare, buddy. Where's your healthcare.’ And they are going to fine you. The IRS now knows. The IRS is the one enforcing them. Congratulations America, you have given them a police state. My gosh, what is wrong with our neighbors? What is wrong with our neighbors?”

“We have a big update, Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) is now bragging about their new number, it’s up to 373 now,” Stu joked. “So, you are getting close to the magical 1%. You are not quite there, but you are almost there after two days. At this rate, within 1,000 years, we may see half the people in Connecticut insured.”

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn explained why he wouldn't be surprised to see our supply chain collapse and empty shelves in America in the near future. Shortages are already wrecking our economy, China (where many of our goods are still made) is facing an energy shortage, and the Biden administration sure seems to be doing everything it can to make things worse.

Glenn noted a serious warning from American CEO Mike Beckham: "There's a major storm brewing in the supply chain," Beckham wrote on Twitter.

Thanks to China's centrally planned system, electricity shortages are causing huge delays in product manufacturing. In fact, some items are facing a 33 percent cut in production. "It could dramatically impact every [American's] life next year. But almost no one knows about it yet," Beckham warned.

Glenn went on to explain exactly what this means for you — and what you can do to prepare.

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Every decision made by President Joe Biden has ended in "disaster," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck.

O'Reilly joined the radio program to explain why he thinks there's only one "mechanism" Americans can use stop the Biden administration's mess.

"Give me one thing that [Biden] has done, just one, that's improved this nation. Everything that he has been involved with is a disaster. Everything from the COVID mandates, to the energy policies, to the economic policies, to the inflation, to Afghanistan, to the collapsing southern border, to the social woke business, to the denial of due process. Right across-the-board, there isn't anything this man has done, or stood for, that's improved America," O'Reilly said.

"But there is no mechanism to do anything about it until a year from this November: the midterm elections. That's the only mechanism that we have, under the Constitution. We elected this guy and he's there for four years. You neutralize him next November [2022], with the Republicans taking back the House and Senate, then he's done. [He] can't do anymore damage because you've got him in a hole. And he's not going to be proactive with executive orders. He's just going to stay there in his jammies for two more years. OK? So that's the only mechanism."

O'Reilly also tore into the corporate media for using its power to defend Gen. Mark Milley after news of his China calls broke. Is there any deterrence in American society anymore to keep our leaders and media in check?

"What does this say to the United States of America when you have two of the most powerful information agencies in the world — NBC, Comcast, and AT&T, CNN — actively deceiving you?" O'Reilly said. "They know what they're doing. And yet there is absolutely no way for anyone to hold them accountable other than not watching them, which has, of course, happened. You know they have no audience. But just the corruption level of the information flow to the American people is at an all-time high. We have never had a worse media in the history of this republic."

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