Glenn Beck: Are Progressives Exploiting an 11-Year-Old Boy?

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," March 15, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Apparently, the health care reform debate is going to reach its zenith this week. Is it ever going to end?

The progressives are pulling out all of the stops. But what they're saying now is that if you don't want this health care bill, you just must hate the poor. You must have absolutely no charity in your heart whatsoever.

You see, they know that you do have compassion for those who are less fortunate — because you're Americans. Americans are the most charitable people in the history of the planet by far. They know that. And that leads them to this understanding: The way to get their power is to play on that compassion. They will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Let me show you something that should disturb you on what was trotted out on Friday. Now, let me make this clear, this is a terribly sad story. This little guy who stepped up to the microphone, how do you not ache for him? What he's gone through.

But what he's being put through now — knowingly by adults — is obscene. The senators are exploiting him and it's absolutely despicable. Watch:


MARCELAS OWENS, 11-YEAR-OLD: My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work that she lost her job. And along with her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up causing her her life. And I wanted to finish her fight for health care.


BECK: Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, they just dripped with oh, so heartfelt compassion:


SEN. DICK DURBIN, D-ILL.: Today, 70 Americans will die for lack of health insurance.

SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER, D-N.Y.: We're asking for an up-or-down vote. And that sounds abstract. It's about Marcelas' mom.


BECK: Oh, that's what it is.

Unfortunately, Chuck, knowingly, is missing the facts. First of all, yes, Marcelas' mom worked at Jack in the Box and got very sick. She lost her job and her health care. That part of the story is true.

But even without health care, she went to the hospital and received treatment, at least two times. The second time was for eight days in the hospital. Now, how is that not having access to health care?

For whatever reason between the visits to the emergency room, she refused to go back to the doctor, despite the fact that she was vomiting blood. Was no one saying "Please go back to the doctor"?

I grew up in Washington State. Believe me, they offer a plethora of existing government assistance programs to anybody who's laid off or unemployed. If you're worker and you're unemployed, they got assistance for you. Just like Marcelas' mom.

Why didn't she enroll? Did she enroll? These are the questions that were never answered with these stories, because the answer too often doesn't fit the agenda.

Marcelas' grandmother now says that they applied for Medicaid for Marcelas' mom in the eight months between losing her job and when she died. Well, did they wait too long? If they did, can't we hurry that process up? There is something wrong with the process if that is true. But I don't know if it's true.

What I do know is: If an unemployed single mother of three can't get Medicaid, who can? Maybe that's where we should start looking to fix the system, because that's a change we can all agree on and we can change it today.

Speaking of Marcelas' grandmother, she worked for a place called the Washington Community Action Network. From their Web site, here's what they're all about: Economic, racial gender and social justice for all; decent quality of life for all; change relations of power, so all individuals can significantly impact decisions that affect their lives; shared community and collective responsibility; respect for diversity and building strong communities; truly democratic society with open, honest participation by all.

Boy, there are pesky phrases in that one that we should point out: social justice, shared community, and collective responsibility. And let's not forget truly democratic society. Well, we're not a democratic society. I think that was the Soviet Union. I believe it's a democratic socialist republic in China as well.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison — everybody, all of the founders — repeatedly said because they knew democracies do not work. They never have. But progressives, Marxists, really led by the communists at the turn of the 1900s, they knew democracy was a way to get people to vote for dictators. And you hear it all the time, how democratically-elected Hugo Chavez, the democratically-elected Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, the democratically-elected leadership in Iran.

How did young Marcelas and his grandma get to Washington to talk to these powerful, compassionate senators? How did they do it? Did one of the senators find about it himself and bring them? No. No.

The trip was paid for by Health Care for America NOW. That's the George Soros-funded, Barack Obama-approved group fighting for health care. Since all of these groups are so concerned and so involved now, may I ask where were you when Marcelas' mother was vomiting blood?

Wasn't this the perfect opportunity to help provide a decent quality of life for all? Or at least for one? You had somebody in your own ranks that knew — her mother knew. Dare I ask, where was grandma?

We are expected to believe that after this government takeover of the health care system, these kinds of tragic, tragic stories will never ever happen again. That defies all logic and all reason.

Not only will the government cause these types of tragedies, but I think we can expect they'll happen even more often. After all, every bit of care was available under Medicaid, created specifically for people exactly like Tiffany Owens.

Why is she dead today? The government program existed. Let's fix that one. The bottom line question in all of this sad tale of Marcelas Owens is: What is the real motivation of these U.S. senators? Is it compassion and charity or power and control?

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