Glenn Beck: How will Dems defend healthcare?

Stu Blog: We have to pass health care, before we can know how to sell it to the people

GLENN: We have a lot to cover and I want to start right with the new, the new PowerPoint presentation for the left to be able to go and speak to constituents and their strategy for winning. This has been put together with the Herndon Alliance. Now, what is the Herndon Alliance?

STU: That's a fabulous group of

PAT: It is.

STU: well meaning groups.

GLENN: But you don't even know what the Herndon Alliance is. I mean, you don't even know. And does it have foreign connections? Is it possibly connected for the Center for American Prosperity? You don't know. It is, quote, a low profile group which coordinated the liberal messaging in favor of the public option in healthcare. Its partners include AARP, AFL CIO, the SEIU, Healthcare for America Now, and La Raza. Oh, this is mainstream America, sure.

STU: What could possibly go wrong?

GLENN: Nothing could go wrong. All right. So there are three private research projects for Democratic pollsters, there are focus groups that they have done, and they are doing presentations now to all of the people that are going to be trying to get Democrats elected. And so they have a whole bunch of different things that they can talk about on how to get them elected in regards to healthcare. Here's the strategy.

STU: Yeah, we have to, of course, pass healthcare before we can figure out how to talk about it. And now that it's passed, we can start talking about, you know, how to message this to the people so they get to like it. Because for some reason, Glenn, they are not understanding how much it will benefit them.

GLENN: Okay. Now, hang on just a second. What were the promises that healthcare made? What were the things, why did we have to pass healthcare?

PAT: Well, everybody was going to be covered, for one.

GLENN: Everybody's going to be covered.

PAT: It was going to cost us less, it was going to reduce the deficit, remember? It was going to fix the economy because we can't get the economy fixed. People, these dumb people are trying to separate the economy from healthcare, they're one and the same.

GLENN: Okay. So it's going to reduce the deficit, it is going to cost us less, and everyone will be covered.

PAT: It's going to cover people who, of course, have preexisting conditions, they will all be taken care of. No one can ever be denied.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: Everybody will have healthcare.

GLENN: And it will never ration.

PAT: Never.

GLENN: We will never ration care. How dare you even say that.

PAT: Well, you are a conspiracy freak for saying that.

GLENN: Okay. All right. So go ahead. What did the Herndon Alliance say?

STU: Well, it was interesting. One of their main recommendations for the messaging

GLENN: No, I'm ready, I'm ready.

STU: of how Democrats are going to talk to you about healthcare is, quote, don't say the law will reduce cost and deficit.

PAT: What? Why not?


STU: I don't know.

GLENN: That's a selling point. That is really good.

PAT: That is the selling point really, isn't it?

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute, so are they implying that it is not going to reduce costs or lower the deficit? Because I don't see that happening.

STU: No, no.

GLENN: I see this absolutely being a reduction of spending.

STU: We have their main selling point for this proposal, six months after it's passed, three or four years before it's implemented. GLENN: Yeah.

STU: And they're already bailing on the promise.

GLENN: Saying that's not going to happen. Okay. So there's Recommendation Number 1.

STU: Yeah. Now, Recommendation Number 2's a little bit more complex. You can see this here, I can go to the Insiders, Insider Extreme.

GLENN: You know what? Post this on the front page of or put it in the free e mail newsletter today. You have to see this PowerPoint. It's unbelievable, unbelievable.

STU: Strategic recommendation, these are the traditional to dos. Outside of telling them they are no longer going to save money, reduce the deficit. This one here: Let voters know that healthcare law has passed.

GLENN: Oh. Okay, hang on just a second. So not the stupid people.

STU: No.

GLENN: That are hanging out at tea parties. Not those people.

STU: No. They know it's the fact.

GLENN: Yeah, they've been out there, they have been paying attention. They know all the ins and outs. They have been having the conversation. No. We're talking about the Obama supporters.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: The Obama supporters that will be fooled into thinking that it is going to reduce the deficit and it is going to cost less and everyone will be covered because they no longer say those things, and they're so smart that they have to be told that it's passed.

STU: Yes. They think you're so dumb that you've missed the entire debate.

GLENN: No, no. No.

STU: Ill informed?

GLENN: No. No, they don't think you are.

STU: No, not you personally, of course.

GLENN: Yeah. They know who you are.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: They think that their supporters.

STU: Their supporters, yeah.

GLENN: And there's a chance that their supporters are that dumb.

STU: Who else could you sell on the idea that the gigantic healthcare entitlement would lower costs and lower the deficit? You couldn't sell that to anyone.

GLENN: And then continue to fool them just by not talking about it anymore.

STU: Right. But I mean, that's not the entire plan, Glenn.

GLENN: Oh, okay.

STU: It would be irresponsible to say that's the entire plan.

GLENN: All right.

STU: There's also this, which is, make sure when you're talking about the healthcare plan, you talk about it, you don't want to list benefits outside of any personal context. And then it says that you need to make sure that you're personalizing every story. So you need to start basically talking about Sally Muckenfutch and her

GLENN: Oh, Sally.

PAT: Don't say that.

GLENN: Oh, no.

(Music playing)

GLENN: Sally, are you there? Sally, poor Sally!

(Music playing)

GLENN: All right. It's

STU: Sally should stop playing violin when she's trying

GLENN: It's a loud it's almost like the story doesn't matter because it will be the same. What are some of the stories?

STU: Well, yes.

PAT: Do we have some examples?

STU: Yes. They didn't you know, they are not going to just say, hey, look at it in personal context. They need to tell our lawmakers exactly what stories they should be telling.

GLENN: Listen to these stories.

STU: This is an example story. It's very upsetting.

(Music playing)

STU: I don't think the music it's too loud.

GLENN: Sally! Sally, turn down the music! Stop playing the piano! All right, go ahead.

STU: So here's the personal story. My name is Lindsey. I'm 23 years old and I have a 6 year old son named Jacob.

GLENN: Not Jacob. How old was he again?

STU: He's only 6.

GLENN: Oh, my goodness.

STU: He's only 6.

GLENN: I am so sad. Oh, that's not sad

STU: No, there's actually more.

GLENN: Okay, go ahead.

STU: I'm 23 years old and I have a 6 year old son named Jacob. Jacob has asthma.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PAT: Oh, no.

GLENN: Oh, no. Oh, boy.

PAT: Not asthma.

STU: We got our health insurance from my husband's employer.

GLENN: Oh, boy, I hate that guy.

PAT: Oh, no.

STU: But he, because of this Bush economy.

PAT: Because of the Bush economy?

STU: He lost his job recently.

PAT: Oh, no. Wait, recently? How recently?

GLENN: Well, stop the music. Hang on. He lost his what?

PAT: He lost his job recently?

STU: Well, yeah, they

PAT: Since Bush has not been there?

STU: Well, they didn't actually put the Bush economy part in there. He said, we got our health insurance from my husband's employer, but he lost his job recently. I just assumed it was the Bush economy's fault. He found a new job that pays okay, but his new health insurance company will not give Jacob coverage because...

GLENN: Oh, my goodness. Sally. Sally.

STU: He has a preexist stop playing the piano in the middle of your story, Sally.

GLENN: I don't know why.

STU: He has a preexisting condition.

PAT: Oh, what is it? Oh, it's asthma?

STU: It's asthma.

PAT: That's right.

GLENN: Now, obviously we don't have the money for that insurance.

PAT: Obviously.

GLENN: I wait tables, too.

PAT: Oh, my gosh, she's got two jobs?

GLENN: No, her husband has a job and she has a job.

PAT: Oh, they have two oh, wow. So unlike so many families, they have to work two jobs, one each.

STU: Yeah, they have to average one job per family member.

GLENN: All right. So what happened then?

PAT: Oh, no.

GLENN: Does he have a

STU: Well, I wait tables, too, but we just can't afford to pay medical expenses out of pocket.

PAT: Of course they can't. Of course they can't. Who could?

STU: I know the new health insurance law isn't perfect, but starting in September it will be illegal for insurance companies to deny children with preexisting conditions helping their coverage.

GLENN: Right, he's going to deny everybody because they won't be able to I'm sorry, I digress.

STU: That's not actually in the report.

I can't tell you what a relief it is to me that Jacob...

PAT: He's got asthma!

STU: Soon he will get the care that he needs. I really hope, I guys.

PAT: Yeah?

GLENN: Oh, we forgot. We weren't at the apex of the story. Go ahead.

STU: I really hope.

PAT: I do, too.

STU: This law.

PAT: I don't even know what it is.

GLENN: I'm hoping for change. I'm hoping for change.

STU: You guys, I'm not getting to my hope because you keep interrupting.

GLENN: Don't define the hope. You should never define hope or change.

STU: No, there's only one thing she's hoping for.

GLENN: What's she happening for?

PAT: What is it?

STU: She's really hoping that this law does not get repealed.


PAT: Oh! Because of the evil conservative, hate mongering mongering, hate mongering hatred!

GLENN: I want you to know, I want you to know that your son will get his little breath thing for asthma.

STU: Breathalyzer?

PAT: His breathalyzer. Or is inhalator.

GLENN: Inhalator, breathalyzer, I can't remember which one the president said people with asthma get, but

STU: He said both.

GLENN: I want you to know that this healthcare is going to be so good because it's not going to reduce the deficit or make things cheaper, that by the time we give everybody with asthma free healthcare, your son's going to get a breath mint.

PAT: At the most. He will be lucky to get a breath mint

GLENN: But it has the word "Breath" in it. It's the breath of life. Here, have him suck on one of these, twice a day.

PAT: (Laughing).

STU: I mean, the plan basically is, sure, we've been lying to you for a year and a half, but think about Jacob. That is

GLENN: That is.

STU: That is the bottom line of the plan.

GLENN: That's amazing.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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