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Conservative Win: Trump Axes Obamacare Subsidies With the Constitution

What happened?

The Trump administration announced Thursday that billions of dollars in payments to health insurers will end. President Donald Trump has been making the payments each month to subsidize coverage under Obamacare since he took office in January.

Administration officials have concluded that the payments to health insurance companies that subsidize health care for low-income Americans are unlawful.

How much money are we talking here?

A lot. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies were forced to lower their prices and offer additional plans with the promise that the government would cover the bill. These subsidies are estimated to cost $130 billion by 2026.

What are people saying?

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have called the move “a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America” in a joint statement.

The truth is unpleasant but less extreme. Tl;dr – health insurers say the move will disrupt insurance markets and raise the cost of premiums. More insurers may pull out of the Obamacare exchange.

Glenn’s take:

Obamacare isn’t working – that’s clear when 45 counties are on track to have no insurer in the ACA marketplace next year. But the bottom line with Obamacare insurance subsidies is that the taxpayer-funded payout has been unlawful for all these years.

In 2016, a federal judge ruled that Obamacare subsidies were unconstitutional because the administration never obtained an appropriation from Congress.

“A federal judge has already said this is stolen money,” Glenn said.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Obamacare. Obamacare, like all welfare state programs had a significant problem when it was passed. And that is: How are you going to pay for any of this?

So what they did was they came up with a cost-sharing reduction. It's called a CSR. Those were the subsidies. That was the answer. Insurance companies were forced to lower prices and offer additional plans. But don't worry, the federal government is going to cut a check. And we're going to pay you for all those losses.

This year, that dollar amount is $10 billion. It's expected to grow to 130 billion by 2026. Now, how are you going to pay for it?

Congress put this act in, but never authorized the funds. Congress has the purse strings. So here's what you're going to hear today: This is reported on and debated on. You're going to hear all kinds of things. This is going to hurt the poor. It's going to make people's insurance rates go up, et cetera, et cetera.

All of those things may be true, but what you have to understand is a federal judge has already said this is stolen money. Stolen from you and the United States Treasury. It is completely unconstitutional and completely illegal.

Billions of dollars have already been stolen from -- from you. And me. And the Treasury. Every year. And no one has made a move to stop it. If Donald Trump didn't, it would have continued unabated. Stealing money from the Treasury. I thought that was a crime.

When the ACA was passed, Obama asked Congress to appropriate the money for the subsidies, but they never did. So as any true progressive does, I'm just going to take the money anyway. The Constitution is specific on this. That drawing money from the treasury, without congressional appropriation is a federal crime.

Insurance companies receiving these subsidies the past seven years have been receiving stolen funds. And, quite honestly, they are knowingly accomplices in that theft.

Now, this is not the narrative you're going to see today in the news or on Capitol Hill. The internet headlines: Trump undermines Obama. Even, my favorite: Sabotage. Capital letters, in multiple exclamation marks. Not theft.

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has already made a statement that his office will lead a lawsuit to fight this move.

Now, this is -- the irony here is beyond belief. His job is to uphold the rule of law. But he's pursuing a lawsuit aimed at ensuring that the law continues to be broken.

I know this hurts, and I know nobody wants to say this anymore. But we are a nation of laws. If we are not, we are a nation where any thug or dictator can do whatever they want. We are not a nation that makes exceptions for illegal acts, because I don't know, we got to do something.

The loudest voices on this today will be Democratic congressmen. Never mind the fact that this was their fault to begin with. It would have been a lot easier than having the executive branch steal the money. And had the executive branch do their dirty work. It would have been a lot easier if they just would have given the money. But they didn't.

Maybe -- maybe if we stop, all those progressives that want this money, maybe they'll try to do it right, next time. You know, the legal way.

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Glenn Beck: Rand Paul was RIGHT to say Dr. Fauci LIED about gain-of-function

The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Marxist Methods: Debunking the Left's LIES About Critical Race Theory

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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'They believe their job is to REMAKE your child': WSJ writer warns public schools may be LOST to woke trans activism

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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Is California ‘PURPOSEFULLY’ destroying this small business?

It seems like some politicians are purposefully trying to destroy the lives and dreams of certain Americans, specifically small business owners. Dave Foldes spoke to Glenn over six months ago after THIS audience raised thousands of dollars for his restaurant that refused to close: Cronies Sports Grill. Now, despite making progress in his administrative battle against LA, the city of Agoura Hills, California is coming for Cronies instead. And the reasoning is INSANE. But Foldes isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters. It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown.