Glenn Beck: Obamacare kicks in today



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GLENN: Oh, there is there is good news on medical treatment. Obamacare kicks in today and can you feel it?

PAT: That's today?

GLENN: That's today. Oh, yeah. It's going to be great. And now that we have passed the bill, we know what's in the bill and we can start to see some of the things that are coming. According to the Washington Examiner today

PAT: Now people will get excited.

GLENN: Yes. Obamacare is not going to decrease the health care costs for the government. According to Medicare's actuary, it's going to increase the cost. The same is likely to happen with privately funded health care. As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama's promise that it wouldn't. This means that your tax dollars will be used now to pay for the procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral.

Now, the Department of Health and Human Services are going to bar abortion coverage with new regulations but this is going to go to the court and it's going to be tied up in litigation for years. In the end it probably will lose. Obamacare is not going to allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage that they have and like. How many times did we hear this? By Obama's estimates, as many as 69% of employees and 80% of small businesses, 64% of large businesses are now going to be forced to change their coverage probably to more expensive plans. Obamacare is also going to increase insurance premiums. In some places it already has. Insurers suddenly forced to cover client's children until the age 26, have little choice but to raise premiums. Obamacare is going to force seasonal employers if you work for Disney, a seasonal employer if you work at Sundance or Snow Bird or if you work in Vail or Aspen, if you work for a ski or amusement park industry, the Obamacare is going to force your employer to pay huge fines which will then people will cut hours or lay off employers because you're not providing year round health care.

Obama forces Obamacare is going to force states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients. Doctors are now beginning to refuse to take Medicaid because they lose so much money in doing so. Cash strapped states are going to be sued and ordered to increase reimbursement rates beyond their means.

Obamacare imposing a huge nonmedical tax compliance burden on small businesses. It is going to require a mailing of a 1099 tax form to every vendor from whom they make a purchase of more than $600 in a year. So, everyone that you or I buy anything from in a year, $600, that's not hard to have it add up to $600, you're now going to have to file an IRS 1099 with duplicate forms going to the IRS. There are 2500 pages in this bill. Our senators and representatives say now they were unaware of this one when they passed the measure.

Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure that you stay in line. Congratulations. We had to pass the bill to find out what was in the bill and that is the beginning of what is in the bill

PAT: But the good news doesn't end there.

GLENN: You mean there's more?

PAT: No. There's way more. Tourism is going to be up.

GLENN: What do you mean, tourism is going to be up?

PAT: Medical tourism.

GLENN: People coming here?

PAT: No. People going from here to Mexico, of course, which is good for Mexico and that's what we're, you know, mostly concerned with.

GLENN: Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

PAT: So, Mexican Mexican economy, the Mexican economy will sky rocket as efforts to reform the U.S. health care system falls victim to political maneuvering. As the tenacious, according to the story, recession leaves more Americans without jobs or working for employers who can no longer afford to provide coverage, adding a medical procedure to the vacation itenary looks increasingly more attractive. So, more and more Americans are leaving American and going to Mexico for things like a hip, a repaired hernia, capped teeth.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I'm not going to Mexico for the beach. Who's going to Mexico for a hip, for any kind of surgery? You drag my ass across the border.

PAT: Not me.

GLENN: I don't care if I am hemorrhage I don't care if my head has been cut off, which is also likely to happen on the border of Mexico. You drag me across the border. Who is going to Mexico

PAT: Willingly

GLENN: willingly and saying, do you know what

PAT: How desperate do you have to be? That is stunning, that you would go down there and trust. I mean, you don't know what you're getting.

GLENN: That is amazing.

PAT: You don't know what you're getting. So, there's a frightening trend, too. With everything up in the air, though, the way it is, people don't know where to turn and so they're even turning to Mexico. You know, there in Texas people do go across the border and I thought it was a stupid a stupid idea. They go across the border to get cheaper drugs and, you know, in some cases you can also, I guess, get it without a prescription there, but that's a dicey deal. You don't know what's in some of those drugs that they sell at the pharmaceuticals.

GLENN: Oh. No. Mexico drugs I think are very good.

PAT: Do you?

GLENN: Sure. I think that's one thing down on the border. They know. They know drugs.

PAT: I'm talking prescription drugs.

GLENN: Oh. Prescription drugs?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Oh, okay.

PAT: I think most right thinking people wouldn't do that. You certainly wouldn't want to go there to get your hernia repaired or a facelift.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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