Obamacare Is Taking Credit for Numbers That Aren't Theirs

A reported 20 million people gained healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but dig a little deeper and that number is skewed. Both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have said that 14.5 million of the 20 million were under Medicaid or CHIP, the children's version of Medicaid.

"But somewhere between a quarter and a half of that 14.5 million were already eligible for Medicaid even before Obamacare took effect. So these numbers that they're taking credit for, first of all, a lot of it is Medicaid and not the standard Obamacare we always talk about," Co-host Stu Burguiere said Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program.

In fact, many were already eligible for existing programs, but they just weren't on them. In actuality, about three million new people gained new coverage because of Obamacare.

"So, you lost your doctor for three million people. Why didn't we just design something for those three million people?" Glenn asked.

It's estimated that five to seven million people lost their preferred provided due to Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: So last night they had the debate. And you're looking at the fact-check. Anything big come out of the fact-check that one of them was wrong on?

STU: There's a ton of this stuff that, you know, you can nitpick. One of the things I did like was one thing that Cruz said that was rated true. Was Cruz's -- Rand Paul said this as well.

About 14 -- most of the Obamacare people are actually covered by Medicaid. 14.5 million of the 20 million that gained coverage were under Medicaid or CHIP, which is the children's health care version of it. But somewhere between a quarter and a half of that 14.5 million were already eligible for Medicaid even before Obamacare took effect. So these numbers that they're taking credit for, first of all, a lot of it is Medicaid and not the standard Obamacare we always talk about.

GLENN: Sure.

STU: And secondly, a decent amount of those people were already eligible for programs that existed. Just weren't on them. That's a pretty significant thing.

PAT: That's huge.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: So that number of 20 million goes down to about 3 million very quickly.

GLENN: And so everybody -- you lost your doctor for 3 million people.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Why didn't we just design something for those 3 million people?

STU: Right. And that's what a lot of the Republican plans are trying to do now.

PAT: And five to 7 million people did, lose their health care that they liked.

STU: That was another one that they fact-checked. So Cruz said 6 million people had their insurance cancelled because of Obamacare. They are -- CNN -- or, excuse me, PolitiFact is the one doing this. They are saying that independent researchers estimated it was only 2.6 million.

GLENN: That's a lie.

STU: And then only 1 million ended up with no coverage at all. Of course, that wasn't the standard at all.

GLENN: Right.

STU: The standard was, "Would you lose your coverage?" So they're saying -- but even like the fact-check on it is saying only three million people were actually told they were going to lose their insurance.

GLENN: Guys, I went to the doctor yesterday for the first time. I had to pay a 45-dollar copay. Our copays used to be free.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Then they were $10.

PAT: Then it was 20.

GLENN: Then it was 20. Now it's $45. Why?

PAT: Sometimes more than that, depending on where you go.

GLENN: Because of Obamacare. Because they changed this and the insurance companies no longer even provide the insurance that I want to provide for the staff.

PAT: And we went from no deductible to deductibles, so...

GLENN: Right. So don't tell me that it was only 7 million or 3 million that lost their coverage. We are all covered. But we're all covered in ways that are much more expensive and not as good.

STU: Yeah. And premiums have risen by -- and this is in the fact-check. Cruz said they're skyrocketing. Premiums have risen by an average of 25 percent across the states that use the federal exchange.

GLENN: Imagine.

STU: Highest increases in Arizona. 116 percent. Oklahoma was 69 percent.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Jeez.

STU: But, like, I love this little disclaimer they put at the end: But it's important to note that 81 percent of consumers qualified for subsidies to help blunt the cost of their care.

PAT: So the rest of us are paying for it.

STU: Right. The rest of us are still paying for it. It still costs a lot more. It's just now you have other people that are footing the bill for it. That doesn't mean you're saving money.

GLENN: It costs a lot more, and your taxes will have to go up, or our debt goes up because somebody has to pay for that. That's crazy. It's absolutely crazy.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police

Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:

As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.