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GLENN: We may not recover from healthcare: So let's get down to the stats because they are throwing all kinds of stats around. Congressional Budget Office, the Kennedy healthcare bill, that should be your first tip off this is a bad idea.

The stats that are being thrown around are so bad, the Obama administration is now distancing itself from the bill saying it's not the president's bill, which nothing is ever this president's, ever. Have you ever noticed that? Nothing. There's no such thing as the president's bill. He just signs them. "Well, it was the only thing, I mean, I'm just it's the only thing that was presented to me." Here's what the bill does. It adds $1 trillion to our debt. That's not the cost. It adds $1 trillion to our debt and still will not come even remotely close to insuring everyone. After all of the spending plus $1 trillion in debt, how many people will still be uninsured?

Now, think about it. We're trying to make sure that we've covered all 45 million Americans that don't have healthcare. $1 trillion in debt and all the spending and all the hassle to you and everything else. How many people are still uninsured? According to the plan that is not the president's plan, 37 million still uninsured. But there's more in this bill that you're not hearing about.

For instance, 58% of the bill's effects will serve to move people from their current insurance to a new fancy government subsidize exchange. 58%. Where does the bulk of the money go? Quote: The federal government would subsidize the purchase of health insurance through those exchanges for individuals and families with incomes between 150% and 500% of the federal poverty level. These subsidies would represent the greatest single component of the proposal's cost.

So let's now see what this really means. Take a family of four. If you make between $33,000 and $110,000 a year, the government is going to pay for some of your healthcare insurance and it will be on a sliding scale. A lot of Republicans will say, "Oh, the Democrats want to pay for your health insurance up to $110,000 a year," but that's not true. There is no limit. It's based on family size. For example, you are going to be paying for octomom's health insurance even if octomom pulls in $203,000. You will be paying for octomom's family. As long as Jon and Kate plus 8 remain Jon and Kate plus 8, you are on the hook even if they make over $220,000. But wait, there's more. What about all of the people that make less than $33,000 a year? This if you are driving, pull over to the side of the road. No, I'm going to give you time because you might you may have an aneurysm. You could kill people and they might be uninsured! Have you pulled over yet? This is going to blow your mind. What about the people making less than $33,000 a year? They are not covered! Quote: Expanded eligibility for the Medicaid program may be added at a later date. A significant expansion of Medicaid would have an effect both on the federal budget and on the extent of insurance coverage. Translation: This trillion dollars of debt thing, everybody's worked up about a trillion, it's only dealing with the people who are relatively well off. It's not even accounting for a major expansion of Medicaid, which is coming. I mean, unless you think Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy are going to sign a healthcare plan that helps the wealthy and not the poor. I'm just saying.

So here's where it gets really good. We've helped the relatively well off. We're not helping the poor at all. And how do we pay for it? Are you still pulled over? The cost would be partly offset by... receipts, or savings, from three sources. In other words, receipts, receipts, receipts, what do you mean receipts? Oh, taxes or penalties. One: Increases in tax revenues who are you going to hit? Who are you going to hit? Increases in tax revenues stemming from the decline in employment based coverage. Wait a minute. What's that? Two: Payments of penalties by uninsured individuals. Penalties? What? And three: Reductions in outlays for Medicare and CHIP I'm sorry, Medicaid. So let's look at these one by one. First two are the easiest. Reductions in Medicaid and CHIP. Some of these people are going to be moving from Medicaid to other parts of the plan. So the savings are not really savings. It's a recordkeeping thing. It's not new people we're paying for. It's old people under a new plan. So it's not paying for them. It's just moving where you send the check. There's no savings there. There's savings in one pocket, but we move the people to the other pocket.

Next, the payments of penalties by uninsured individuals. This is where it gets good. If you don't have insurance, you are going to pay a penalty to the government. They are going to use that money to pay for some of the free and subsidized healthcare that they are giving out to other people. Now, how many people are going to pay that penalty? How stiff is that penalty? If it's really stiff, I would imagine you are only going to miss it once. How long does that penalty last? I mean, how many times you can't make an example out of people because that's a revenue source! What are you going to charge them? $10? Because you need them to keep violating it because you need the next $10 the next week. So unlike our current system that's supposedly so terrible, the uninsured will now pay to insure other uninsured people. Got it? Now, who has to pay? And who has to tell you what you pay? Well, if you are uninsured, you pay. You are going to love this. Quote: The proposal will also impose a financial cost on most people... most people, not all people... most people who do not obtain insurance, the size of which would be set by the secretary of the treasury. No insurance? Here is TurboTax Geithner.

Now, if that sounds like the worst part, it isn't. The one way they get more money to pay for free healthcare is by reclaiming the tax breaks you are currently getting on insurance. That was number one. The way it works now is your company gets a tax break if they give you insurance. So, so many people who they claim this isn't going to happen. This is not going to hurt people's insurance that they already have. You got good insurance at work? Don't worry about it; you're not going to but since they are projecting that so many people are going to be getting rid of their workplace insurance, the money's not going to be tax free anymore. The CBO also assumes that companies will basically give you all the money that they used to spend on healthcare as additional wages.

So in other words, you don't get healthcare, the company says, "Well, I ain't supplying it anymore; get it from the government." The government is just assuming once they finish taxing the rich and the businesses in other areas that they are just going to take that money that they had been spending on healthcare and just give it to you. They just, "I don't know what I'm going to do with that extra five grand. What do I do with it? I'll just give it to John," who's now getting his free healthcare benefit from the government. Why would a company invest that in the company? Why would the company take that money and try to offset some of the extra costs that the company has incurred in other areas because of taxes? So all of the additional, all of the money that the company has saved from giving their healthcare to the government is now going to be taxed.

Can I ask you a question? Since when did we believe in the good of companies? How suddenly refreshing from the Democrats and Barack Obama. So if a company used to spend $3,000 on insurance with a tax break, it becomes $3,000 in your pocket which they get taxed on. Then you have to buy insurance with that money if the company gives you that money. That doesn't sound like a tax hike to me, does it? Does it sound like a tax hike to you? I mean, I know that's not how the Democrats categorize it as a tax hike. How do tax hikes not come in combination with this?

Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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