Congressman Michele Bachmann
GLENN: First I want to get an update on healthcare. Michele Bachmann is with us now from Washington, D.C. Hi, Michele, how are you?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Hi, Glenn, I'm doing great. It's good to talk to you today.
GLENN: Good to talk to you. Now, you say that this healthcare package is going to pass and arrive at the president's desk? You believe that?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, this is the week. This is the Super Bowl of socialized medicine. Tonight Speaker Pelosi will actually reveal the final bill that we're to vote on and we're expected to have to vote on it Friday. But I firmly believe it's not inevitable that this passes this week if we do something about it because a lot of these Blue Dog Democrats are scared to death. I don't think you are going to see any Republican votes, I doubt it. But there are people who are on the but this is the moment when I think we can actually do something about killing it because people woke up in August. We saw it with the town halls, we saw the 9/12 where all the people came to D.C. That was phenomenal. And it scared them to death, but now Speaker Pelosi's put the hammer down and she believes that she's going to be able to convince all of her people to vote for this. And I really believe, Glenn, if we can get good normal patriot, freedom loving Americans to D.C., converge at noon on Thursday on the capitol steps, and what we need to do is literally go into these members of congress' offices, look in the whites of their eyes and tell them don't take away my healthcare, don't take away my freedom. Because once government gets this power, Glenn, they can use healthcare as cradle to grave, they can use that as a pretext for controlling every other aspect of our life.
GLENN: I know, I know. It's I mean, when I found vending machines in the healthcare bill, I mean, and tonight I'm going to highlight the gift to attorneys. I mean, it's the gift that just keeps on coming.
Now, she's going to release the final version of the bill. Is it going to be better or worse? And I know there's I don't think anything should pass quite frankly but is it going to be bigger or smaller? Are they making cuts or additions to this bill? Do you have any idea?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, if this last bill is any indication, it went from about 1,000 pages to 2,000 pages and it collapses the private health insurance industry. It says after 2013 you can never buy private health insurance again. It has taxpayer funding of abortion in it. It has every terrible provision now we all said was in it. It was in this last bill. So why would you release just before your final bill a bill that's so bad that includes every tax increase in there. $500 billion cuts in senior citizens. They have more to lose than anyone on this, senior citizens. Huge tax increases on the middle class and huge increases on premiums. Probably we're looking at $4,000 a year increase in premiums over the next few years' time. This is just, this really has never been about healthcare. It's been all about the government amassing more control and also huge tax increases, redistribution of wealth. Because one thing we know is that in the last year the government has taken over about 30% of the private economy. That's according to an economist from Arizona State University. Whether it's banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, the whole student loan industry. Now they want to take over healthcare. If they take over healthcare, that's an additional 18% of the private economy, or within just over a year's time the federal government will have taken over 48% of the private economy. That's nothing short of stunning. That's a revolution.
GLENN: Michele, how many people do you think would make an impact on those members of congress? I mean, you know, you are asking on a Monday morning for people to leave their job at a time of
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I know. It's a big ask. I know, Glenn, it's a big ask, but you love this country, I love this country and so do your listeners. They understand what's at stake and I know this is a big ask. People are afraid to lose their jobs because they don't want to lose them to travel to Washington, D.C. What? Well, this isn't just another rally that I'm calling people to. I'm asking people to actually come to Washington where we'll meet on the capitol steps. The actor Jon Voight is going to come and he's going to speak about why it's important that we hold onto our freedom and from there I am encouraging everyone to go find their member of congress. These are public places. Go into their office buildings, Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn.
GLENN: How many people
BACHMANN: Find them, look at their eyes.
GLENN: How many people do you need for them to say holy cow?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: As many as we can get. I mean, I'm not putting a number down because I don't know. This is such an extraordinary thing. I've never done anything like this to make this kind of an ask, but everything's on the table now. Everything's at stake. Next week may not matter. It's this week when the vote will occur. That's why it's so important that people occur on Thursday so that we can make an effort.
GLENN: So you are saying that
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I can't tell you how many it will take, Glenn.
GLENN: So you are saying
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: We just need as many as we can get.
GLENN: You are saying that the reason why it's this week is because it's going to pass the House I mean, if it passes the House, it goes right to Harry Reid and Harry Reid will use the nuclear option which means that he only needs 51 votes, which they clearly have, 51 votes in the Senate to get it to the president's pen which he would then sign. You know, I was talking, you know, earlier with one of my guys and we were talking about it and I said, he said, Glenn, he is not going to pull the nuclear option. And I said, he has nothing to lose. He is losing
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: He may very well lose his seat in Nevada anyway. The polls aren't good for Harry Reid. So why wouldn't he pull the alarm and do it?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: This is what they want from the beginning. This is what they want. It is about government control and government takeover. It's not about healthcare.
GLENN: Interesting that it comes down to one guy who is just going to pull the lever, perhaps, pull the lever just to protect his own butt because he will say, if I pull the lever, I'll at least have ACORN and the unions in Nevada? Are you kidding me? There's no corruption in Nevada or Las Vegas. Pull the lever. They are the ones that got Barack Obama elected because they threw the election, the primary election away from Hillary Clinton in Nevada to Barack Obama, and you know that every special interest would say, Harry, if you pull this lever, we will do everything we can to win the election for you in Nevada. And if he doesn't win, he's I mean, he's out anyway.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And Glenn, nothing is more powerful than the American people, nothing. When we come together as the American people coming together in the most beautiful place there is, the steps of the American capitol at Washington D.C., and we talk to each other and we fan out and go find their members of congress and those three office buildings and it's the capitol, it belongs to you. It doesn't belong to the individual members of congress. It belongs to the American people. And people have been saying what can I do? How can I get involved? This is the number one most effective, most efficient way to get involved. Come Thursday, noon, meet at the capitol steps. We'll have a great we'll get awe inspired by Jon Voight and then send people out. Go find your member of congress and look at them and tell them what you believe and what you think and what you want them to do. Bring the town hall to them. They have amnesia. They have forgotten already what happened in August and we need to bring the town hall to them. People should make signs. Come. We just, this is it. I don't know what else to do. I don't have anything to offer. I don't have anything for sale. All I know is that this is our country, and we don't want to lose what we've been given. We've held onto it for 233 years, but I'm worried that this is the crown jewel of socialism and if this passes, I don't know how we ever unwind it. So this is it.
GLENN: Michele, God bless you. We'll get the word out and let's have you on a little bit later on this week and we'll continue to have you make the pitch for people going to Washington D.C. noon this Thursday and look them in the whites of their eyes. All right, Michele, thank you very much.