Glenn Beck: Bachmann on ObamaCare

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?

GLENN: Right.

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.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Hey, thank you. If people want more information they can go to MicheleBachmann.com or a link found on your website.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

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Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?