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GLENN: America's March to Socialism, who would say that healthcare, universal healthcare is socialist? Oh, that's crazy talk. (Laughing). Let's get to the president's speech last night where he was asked specifically if he and congress will live with the same kind of healthcare. Here's his answer.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I would be happy to abide by the same benefit package. I will just be honest with you. I'm the president of the United States. So I've got a doctor following me every minute.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Which is why I say this is not about me.
GLENN: It's not him.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I've got the best healthcare in the world.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm trying to make sure that everybody has good healthcare, and they don't right now.
GLENN: Oh, boy. And they don't. He wants to make sure everybody has the best healthcare, and they don't. No, he's not. He is ‑‑ because there are some like President Obama that has incredible healthcare. There are others who have really good healthcare, others who have okay healthcare, some who have poor healthcare and some who have no healthcare. However, they do have access to healthcare for free, okay? So everybody has some form of healthcare. He can't make sure that everybody has the best healthcare because would anybody agree that Medicaid or Medicare is access to the best healthcare? It's not. You know it and I know it. What he's trying to do is make sure that everybody has the ‑‑ except for him and congress ‑‑ the same level of crappy healthcare. Why? Why would you do that? Well, there's two reasons. One I will get to after the top of the hour, which is reparations. The second reason that he would like everybody to have crappy healthcare is it's not as important for everybody to have crappy healthcare as it is for the people who can make money who are in his pocket or they are in his pocket, one way or the other, that they are playing the same game, people like GE. People like the healthcare administrators that did come and see him, more importantly those who have lobbyists and, most importantly, unions. That they make money. This is about control, power, manipulation. This has nothing to do with healthcare. If you want to fix healthcare, "Well, our hospitals are failing." What's the easiest way to fix the hospitals failing? First thing you do is... anybody? Has anybody been to the hospital lately? I was just at the hospital just over vacation. I was at the hospital, and I know the first thing that came to mind waiting in the waiting room. Anybody?
PAT: Illegal aliens?
GLENN: Illegal aliens.
PAT: Yeah, yeah.
GLENN: Illegal aliens.
PAT: Wild stab.
GLENN: Nobody spoke English in the waiting room. And I waited two hours to get in to see the doctor at the emergency room. Two hours. Okay, I have no problem, but are these people who are here legally or illegally? Stu, you were just at the hospital with your wife the other day.
GLENN: What was their reaction when you came in and you had health insurance?
STU: I said to ‑‑ they asked me who my normal doctor was, and I said actually I don't know; we just changed insurance. And they said, "You have insurance?" It was like a shocking ‑‑ like they were amazed at this possibility.
GLENN: So here's the two things: One, let's weed out the illegal aliens that are here. Stop illegal aliens from coming in. Protect the border. It kills several birds with one stone. Two, if you want to make sure that people have access to healthcare, the worst thing you can do to have people who don't have insurance have access to healthcare is to have them get their daily healthcare at the hospital, at the emergency room. That's not the place. That's an emergency room. So if you want to have another crappy system in the healthcare system, why not just make Doc in a Boxes. I know that I've been poor and struggling and I didn't have a doctor and everything else and I just needed to see somebody. I would just go to one of these Doc in a Boxes where you just pay the rate and they see you and you're out. It's not really the best healthcare but it's not bad. I've gone to some that are good and some that are bad. But why doesn't the government just make Doc in the Boxes? You take the load off the emergency room and off of the hospital. There's two things right there that would dramatically change your hospital visit. The other thing, and speaking of the experience of somebody who's been in the hospital recently, try to get the nurse or the doctor to relate to you as a human being. They don't. Because they're terrified that somebody's going to sue them. And so you can't get ‑‑ I had one nurse that spoke English. Now, they all spoke broken English and, you know, they were fluent, et cetera, et cetera. They were, you know, they were good nurses. But the point is you can't get nurses in America anymore because no one wants to put up with the system. Because you're treating sick people, and anything you do puts your butt on the line for litigation. I don't think so. I'm not going to do that. Are you going to do that? Are you going to treat sick people? Are you going to be vomited on all every day and then have people threaten you with lawsuits and all that paperwork and everything else? I'm not going to do it. Who would? Mother Teresa, or people that want to come to America to have a better life because when they come to America to have a better life, they are not coming over here because it's a level playing field and everybody makes the same. They are coming over with a profit motive. They know they can make more money here, thus have a better life. They also know they can live their dreams here, thus have a better life. This isn't about healthcare. This isn't about making sure that everybody has access to healthcare because the president himself last night said, you know, little Timmy Tomtower who, you know, didn't, he gets ‑‑ he loses his job and then doesn't have healthcare, wakes up in the hospital after emergency surgery and has a $10,000 bill. Well, gee. Sounds like he had access to healthcare. Sounds like he got it ‑‑ now, I don't know. They may have done surgery behind, you know, in the alley behind a Chinese restaurant with chopsticks and a spoon. They may have replaced his intestines with lo mein noodles, I'm not sure. But I think the president would have mentioned that had it been bad healthcare. No, instead it just wasn't free healthcare. But he had access to it and they saved his life. Instead we write the president in saying ‑‑ instead of saying, "My gosh, and I didn't even have insurance, I just pass out; next thing I know, I wake up in the hospital and they have done surgery on me and I'm living. Mr. President, this is the greatest country on Earth." Instead of saying that, we say, "Mr. President, and then they charged me $10,000." What the hell is wrong with us?
You know, Ben Franklin was walking down the street after they signed the Constitution and a woman came up to him and said, so what have you given us, Mr. Franklin? And he said, "A republic, if you can keep it." That implies that there's responsibility on our shoulders. If you want a republic, if you want freedom, you must be responsible. Respect it. Understand what it is. Understand that it requires work and vigilance from all of us. And I've got to tell you something. Ben Franklin, the guy who went around to all of his rich, all of his rich profit‑minded people and said, "Hey, give some money to charity. Let's build a hospital." I think he would say to the guy who wrote the president and said, "And then I wake up in the hospital after they perform emergency situation, they saved my life, but I had to pay $10,000," I think Ben Franklin would say, "Here's a man who doesn't respect what he has; and B, doesn't have enough responsibility, personal responsibility to save the republic."