Glenn Beck: Healthcare bill taxes




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GLENN: Can we stop the theme for a second before we get into the show I want to go over just a couple of, just a couple of the taxes that we found in the health bill. Now, we haven't found all of them and I’m sure there are more but there are a couple here I want to go over. The new Senate health bill is out and there is just a list here of a couple of the tax hikes, just a few that we have found and so let me just go and then we can start the show, okay? Let me go over the few we found. The individual mandate tax starting in 2014 anyone not buying qualifying health insurance, so the government approved health insurance, must pay an income surtax according to the following schedule. If you are single in 2014 you pay an extra $95, in 2015 you will pay an extra $350 and in 2015 an extra $750.

STU: That doesn't sound too bad.

GLENN: If you are single plus one, 2015 you pay $700, and 2016 you will pay $1500. In an additional health care surtax.

STU: That's significant but it is not as high.

GLENN: In 2014 you are going to pay $285, 2015 you will pay $1,050 and 2016 --.

STU: This is just the surcharge?

GLENN: If you decide not to buy qualifying in quotation marks in the bill, qualifying health insurance you will pay an extra $2,250. If you are a single person with two kids by 2016 you will only have to pay and here's the good news.

STU: But this is only the super, super rich?

GLENN: No, everybody but it is capped at 8 percent of your income. So it will only be an extra 8 percent income tax.

PAT: In addition to the other taxes?

GLENN: There are some exemptions if you have religious objections, if you are an undocumented immigrant, if you are a prison or if you earn less than the poverty line, if you are a member of the Indian tribes or if you have a hardship case as determined by HHS.

STU: Back up for a second. Religious objections?

GLENN: I have one.

STU: I have like 50 of them.

GLENN: Let's come back to your religious objection here. Let me just get through a couple of these.

STU: There is more than that?

GLENN: Yes, not very many. The employer mandate tax, this one is on page 348 and this is also like the other one awaiting the CPO score on this. If an employer does not offer health care coverage and at least one employee, at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit the employer must pay an additional nondeductible tax of $750 for all full-time employees.

STU: So this is only for big businesses? With more than 50 employee?

GLENN: One has to qualify. If the employee requires a waiting period to enroll there is a $400 tax per employee, $600 if the period is 60 days.

PAT: But again this is for the Microsofts or Googles?

GLENN: No, this is for anybody.

STU: They have to have a qualifying area, too.

GLENN: No, everybody.

STU: There are going to be a couple of taxes that everybody is expected to have.

GLENN: The excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans starting in 2013, a new 40 percent excise tax on Cadillac health insurance plans which if your health insurance plan is worth $8,500 a year as a single, or $2,3,000 as a family, -- $23,000 as a family, okay, then your company will get a 40 percent excise tax on that.

PAT: The good thing is that would never be passed on to the employee. Seriously, though.

GLENN: Retirees in high risk professions.

STU: Again yes you've got --.

PAT: Who has a $23,000 health care plan?

GLENN: You do. From 2013 to 2015, the 17 highest cost states are going to be at 120 percent of this level.

STU: 17 states over the level of the maximum?

GLENN: Yes.

STU: So the average person in 17 of our 50 states is going to be paying a penalty for our health insurance?

GLENN: No, just the employers. Then the employer reporting of insurance on W-2 tax in the preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns there is more W-2 work that the employer has to do.

STU: Look. The bottom line is there's got to be a few things in there but you outlined them.

GLENN: On page 12,997, section 9003 there is the medicine cabinet tax. You are no longer allowed to use health savings accounts, you are no longer allowed to use flexible spending accounts or health reimbursement on pretax dollars to purchase nonprescription over-the-counter medicines except for insulin. So your savings account you don't -- it is not --

STU: So airline passengers may run afoul of airport regulations.

GLENN: Hold on. What is that?

STU: The next story.

GLENN: I've got a couple more taxes. Also in the Senate health care bill the HSA withdraw tax hike it increases additional taxes on nonmedical early withdrawals from a HSA from 10 to 20 percent. Disadvantaging them relative to the IRA's and other tax advantage accounts which will remain at 10 percent. Then the FSA cap imposes a cap on FSA's of $2,500. Now it is unlimited. Corporate 1099 miscellaneous information reporting this is going to require businesses to send a 1099 MISC information tax forms to corporations currently limited to individuals, a huge compliance burden for small employers. There is the excise tax on charitable hospitals.

PAT: Okay. Now that we got those out of the way.

GLENN: Excise tax on charitable hospitals, $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet the new community health assessment needs, financial assistance and bill and collection rules then they are going to have to pay $50,000 so the children's hospitals, the charitable hospitals then there is the tax on innovator drug companies $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to the share of sales made that year then there is a tax on medical device manufacturing $2 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to shares of sales made that year. Exempts items retailing for less than $100. Then there is on the third page of just the quick summary there is the tax on health insurance, $6.7 billion annual tax on industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year and then they are going to eliminate the tax deduction for employer provided retirement prescription drug coverage in coordination with Medicare part D so the government will do that. Don't worry about that deduction for your employer if he wants to pay for it well then whatever. It is going to raise the haircut for medical itemized deductions from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of AGI. That's waived now for taxpayers who are 65 plus but that is only between the years of 2013 and 2016. And then $500,000 annual executive compensation limit for health insurance executives. There is the hike in Medicare payroll tax, current law changes are first current and new rate of the first 200,000 you currently on your wages your employee, your employer pays 1.45, the employee pays 1.5. The self-employment net income is 2.9 percent tax. Now, wait, wait, wait. Hold on just a second. The new rate is 1.45 percent for you. 1.95 for the employer and self employed. Don't worry about it. It is 3.4 percent. The .5 percent new rate addition is not deductible by the way for the self-employment so if you are self-employed you can't. Then there is the blue cross blue shield tax hike. Special tax deduction in current law for blue cross blue shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are sent on clinical services then there is the tax on cosmetic medical procedures, a new 5 percent excise tax on elective cosmetic surgery to be paid by the surgery payment. Now, those are just the ones that we found sense this bill was released in all of its 2000 pages last night but that's all we could find at this point. There is probably more to come. But that's it.

PAT: Are you done?

GLENN: I'm sorry to take the first 16 minutes of the show.

STU: These people you've got thousands of pages of bills and they are supposed to read all of them. You just read just the taxes we found in one night.

GLENN: No, no, I just read the bullet points.

STU: The bullet points of the taxes we found in one night and we've already blown an entire Monday a log.

PAT: There were words going through my head that there wasn't going to be any taxes on the middle class, that unless you are super rich.

GLENN: I've got news for you, I've got news for you, you are not -- you are not going to -- this is the end of our economy as we know it. Do you have the Andy stern stuff yet?

PAT: The new?

GLENN: Andy Stern, remember he is the chief. I want to talk to President Obama when want to talk about health care I talk to Andy stern. This is going to be the end of the economy as we know it. That is my statement. The end of the economy as we know it. Everything changes if this passes. In any form everything changes if this passes. You are on the road to Venezuela. You are on the road to Mexico if this passes. You think that's a little too tough? This on today's broadcast we will play audio. We're getting it from bright bar TV they just found this from Andy stern who says we are going to fundamentally change, never has this been done before in history where we will fundamentally transform and change the entire economy. Well, that's what they are doing. That's what they are doing. In his audio clip he talks about, you know, it has taken a thousand years to change this. It takes 300 years to change this. We are going to fundamentally transform everything. He also talks about the redistribution of wealth. Remember. He is a globalist. He is an internationalist. He doesn't -- he is not talking about taking it from the rich and giving it to the poor just in America. The poor in America are rich to the rest of the world. He is an internationalist. He is going to have to represent, we are just one little client for SCIU. They have countries and clients all over the world. The workers of the world unite. Well, you have a higher stand and of -- standard of living than Mexico and India. You have a higher standard of living than almost everybody on planet earth. You are about to give it all away to them. Once he convinces you to take from the rich here, you think he is over in India telling them that we are only going to take it from their rich? Workers of the world, they will equalize the entire planet. Now, let me ask you this. Do you think it is workers, do you think it is more likely that your wages will continue to go up and as they -- as they unite the entire world that they are going to bring people that are making 70 cents in Bangladesh up to your standard of living? Do you think people that are making cars, making -- doing your phone service in India, do you really think that it is more likely that we are going to bring the rest of the world to our union standards? Or are they going to tube this.com economy to where there is nothing left and that way the entire world will be equal and we will all struggle together. That's what they are doing. If you look at what the health care does. It is not bringing health care up for everybody. It is not taking the good health care that people have and trying to bring everybody up to that. It is destroying the good health care and having us all wall owe in misery. That is what they are going to do on the economy? That's what they are going to do on your jobs? That's what they are doing in every sector in every corner of this country. Your freedom is at steak. This is the moment. This is the bill. You must not allow this to pass. Now, what they are going to do and because even people like Joe Lieberman who I like Joe but these people in Washington don't understand who they are dealing with. I don't sit at the table with Amadenijad and make a treaty with him. Do you know why? The last time we tried that with a nut job it was Kim Jong Ill and what happened? They built it anyway. They don't care. There is not a bit of honor. They will do it as SAUL ALINSKI talked about' the means don't mean anything. It is only the ends that matter. So Joe Lieberman has said I'm not going to vote against this because I think we need to have a debate. I think it is wrong as well to stop debate. You've got to be able to debate things but not when you are sitting at a table with people that you cannot trust. You don't even talk to those people. Because what they will do is they are going to get past that 60 vote barrier and they will get there by people like Joe Lieberman. Who is a reasonable guy and has good intent. You will get past it by people like that who say, you know what, look, we've got to be reasonable. We have to have a debate and then Harry Reid will pass this thing and it will be a nail in the coffin of America and it could happen by Saturday. You must, must get on the phone in your districts. You must wake everybody up you know. This is the end of prosperity in America forever if this bill passes. This is the end of America as you know it if it passes. You must not allow this to pass. You must get on the phone with your Senator and your Congressman and tell them in no uncertain terms if you pass this, if you don't stop this dead in your tracks, dead in their tracks I have to tell you I will dedicate my life to making sure that you do not ever serve in office ever again. I don't care if you are up for it. I don't care if you are not up for reelection for 1400 years I will be standing at the Booth to vote against you and I will dedicate all of my resources, all of my time to defeat you. You stand with unions or you stand with the freedom of America, one of the two. There is no choice here. You stand with our Constitution or you stand dammed by your own actions with the unions and special interests and those who are intentionally tubing America. This is for all of the marbles. Anybody who knows, anyone who knows including the CVO, your chief accountant knows this is unsustainable and it will change us forever.

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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