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News on The 700 Club: May 25, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," May 25: Will 23 million Americans really LOSE health care? The truth about the CBO report; The vanishing American adult: Sen. Ben Sasse on the problems with today's kids and culture, and more. Read Transcript


Welcome.

We've got a whole lot of things to talk about today.

And I want to give a little shout out to our movie,

"In Our Hands" about the taking of the Temple Mount

and all of that by the Israelis.

Scored number three box office in the nation

with a limited number of screens.

Number three across the nation.

And that is good.

And they're going to have another showing because it

was so well received.

Now there's something called the Congressional Budget Office.

It doesn't have a good track record of forecasting anything,

especially about health care.

They have been wildly off in recommending

how many people are going to be enrolled under Obamacare

and how many actually are.

I mean, they are 100% or more off.

But yet they have said OK under the proposal

by the Republicans.

It'll be just several million people--

millions will be uninsured.

Well that really isn't the truth because their estimates

are off.

But nevertheless their scoring is taken as gospel

and of course the left is just jumping up and down on it.

But the real story is that Obamacare is desperately

failing.

And people's premiums have just gone through the roof,

they've skyrocketed.

It's hurting people.

It has to be repealed and it has to be replaced.

So now, Republicans in the Senate

will be working on their own health care plan

after the House passed its bill.

Gary Lane brings us this story.

GARY LANE: The new CBO estimates says 23 million Americans would

be left uninsured, although that number includes people

who simply wouldn't buy insurance

because they wouldn't be forced to the way they

were under Obamacare.

Democrats continued their attack on the Republican plans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

called the bill, already approved

by the House, a nightmare.

The report makes clear Trumpcare

would be a cancer on the American health care system.

GARY LANE: When House Republicans passed health care

reform last month, the GOP and President Trump

said they had to act because Obamacare is failing.

This This is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare.

Under Obamacare government exchanges in many states

are offering people few options.

In some cases, only one insurance provider.

One latest example, after incurring Obamacare losses

of $100 million, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

will pull out of multiple counties in Kansas and Missouri

next year.

The Congressional Budget Office says the House reform bill

would actually save the government money

by reducing the federal deficit by $119 billion

over the next 10 years.

Also cutting taxes by nearly $1 trillion

and reducing spending by more than $1 trillion.

The CBO also says states would be

allowed to waive preexisting condition requirements.

Some Senate Republicans say they'll need to change that.

We've got to deal with preexisting conditions in a way

that we know will actually work for people.

GARY LANE: While some people would see their costs rise,

Republicans say healthy people will actually

see their premiums reduced because they

won't be forced to accept plans that

cover services they don't need.

Republicans and critics point out

the CBO has often been wrong in its forecasts.

And the CBO itself warns that its projections are uncertain.

While many Republicans may take issue with the CBO estimates.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

is pleased the report is finally done.

The updated report will allow the Senate procedurally

to move forward.

GARY LANE: McConnell doubts he has the 50 votes right now

he needs to repeal Obamacare.

The Senate is expected to redo the House bill

and come up with its own measure in the days ahead.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

Well, we'll wait and see.

But I tell you, it's got to be fixed and quickly.

I don't think the American people can wait any longer.

And if Congress doesn't do it, they

might not be in office after the next elections

because this is a major factor in many, many people's budgets.

Well, Congress is getting ready to work

on another very important measure,

the new federal budget.

Democrats blasted the President's budget plan.

Republicans say it's moving in the right direction.

Congress is also taking on another major issue right now.

One of the biggest and fastest growing crimes

in the world, human trafficking.

Abigail Robertson brings us that.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: It's estimated

that more than 20 million people worldwide

are victims of human trafficking,

with cases reported in every state in the US.

So many times you find it around the world

but it's right here in America.

They had more than 7,000 cases just last year reported.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: This week, Congress

focused in on this issue, passing a number of bills aimed

at protecting victims and increasing punishments

for convicted offenders.

A top priority, dealing with legal loopholes

that predators take advantage of to avoid being convicted.

Congresswoman Martha Roby's Global Child Protection Act

would change current laws to close those loopholes.

Under the current definitions it

does deal with people who travel abroad

to have sex with children.

But the definitions don't include

people who travel abroad to force children

to do sexual acts on them.

And so it's these types of, again,

unintentional loopholes in the criminal code where

Congress can change the law.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: And Congressman Mike Johnson

is also offering a measure that would prevent criminals

from getting away on a technicality.

Johnson's bill deals with a case in 2015

where a man who recorded a sexual assault on a child

was able to escape a federal conviction.

There is a provision where the courts have

said that if a predator has sexual activity with a minor

and they record any of those images on their phone,

their smartphone or other devices,

and they didn't intend to record them,

then somehow they would be able to evade prosecution.

We think that's outrageous.

It's a violation of Congress' obvious intent

to protect the most defenseless among us.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: And Congress has another major item

on its plate.

With the release of President Trump's budget

plan of over $4 trillion.

The budget's a framework.

And what's so refreshing here is how honest

he is in the process.

That he balances a budget in 10 years.

We have not had that in the last administration.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: The White House budget

reduces Washington's spending plans for future years.

And Democrats quickly attacked the proposal.

With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling it

a nightmare that hurts the middle class

and relies on fantasy numbers.

And while not all Republicans gave it a ringing endorsement,

many are encouraged to see the Trump administration taking

steps to try to limit spending, eventually balance the budget

and help get the economy growing strongly.

When I look at what he's doing else in the budget

it's kind of what he's looking at welfare reform.

Actually putting people back to work.

Giving them a sense of accomplishment

at the same time.

Those are tough things to do.

And sometimes you get politically attack for it.

But in the end, you create and help individuals to buy homes,

send their kids to college.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

says the president's budget is just a recommendation.

And now it's up to Congress to figure out what to do with it.

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Abigail Robertson, CBN News.

With us now, from Washington, is Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.

He's written a new book.

It's called "The Vanishing American

Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How

to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance."

Senator, it is good to have you with us.

Thanks for being with us today.

Thank you for the invitation.

Good to be with you.

You know, this book--

something jumped at me.

You're talking about these young people

and they just don't really want to work.

But you had an example, they were decorating a Christmas

tree and they could get to the lower level of it

and then they walked away.

Said well the job's done.

Well half of the tree that they couldn't arrange

wasn't decorated.

That sort of speaks to the whole culture.

Tell us about it.

Yes, so I was 37 when I became a college president.

And I didn't think of myself as that much older

than the undergraduates at our school.

But I quickly realized that one of the most basic differences

between me growing up in the 1970s and 80s

and a lot of the students that were entering college

the last few years is when I was in high school everybody I grew

up around, whether they were going to college or not,

and everybody that I got to college with, whether they'd

come from a poor family or a working class family like mine

or if they were wealthier, they had all worked before.

And the vast majority of kids entering colleges today

have tended to grow up in households that are so

insulated from work that they often just haven't

had the experience of developing a work ethic.

Well what I found at this-- the story

you tell about the Christmas tree--

is we had a big athletic arena at the college

that I was president of.

About a 20 foot Christmas tree was

to be set up around Thanksgiving for the Christmas holiday

that year.

And our students-- and these were strong and able,

vital and vibrant students-- they were supposed

to decorate the Christmas tree.

And they ended up decorating the bottom eight feet.

They used up all the decorations and then they were leaving.

And one of the vice presidents of our college

walked by and she said what's going on here guys?

And they said well we didn't know

how to get any higher so we just decorated the bottom.

And we used up the decorations and we're done.

And she said wait a minute.

Did maintenance refuse to bring you a ladder?

And it turned out none of them had even thought to ask.

They just didn't take the next step of problem solving.

And I think we have a lot of kids

right now that we're stranding in Neverland.

We're getting them stuck in perpetual adolescence.

And it's not good for them.

And it's not good for us in a republic.

We need to do better by the kids.

What's the answer do you think?

Well, I think one thing is we need to celebrate

scar tissue more with our kids.

When you're growing up there are all

sorts of things that happen as you're taking off the training

wheels, as you go through adolescence.

You know, it's important to protect

little kids when they're at a stage of dependency

but as they migrate toward adulthood our goal as parents

and as grandparents and aunts and uncles

is to help them take off the training wheels

so they can become independent.

So they can live a life of gratitude

to God by trying to serve their neighbor

and do meaningful work in the community.

And a lot of that growing up, a lot of those rites of passage,

a lot of that coming of age involves

some scabs and some scar tissue and some tough love.

And right now I think we're doing

a bad job, as the parents and the grandparents' generation,

of trying to protect our kids too

much from a lot of the character building grit that comes

from those transitional states.

Scar tissue is the foundation of future character

and we're not celebrating it enough with our kids.

They can be resilient but we need

to help them know that they can.

How about this minimum wage?

You know, when I was a kid I worked on a farm

and I got paid, I think, 15 bucks a month.

Me too.

And I mean I was working.

You talk about work.

You started 5:00, 5:30 in the morning

and you knock off about 9:00 at night.

I mean, it was tough work.

And I was just a kid.

But I got $15.

I mean, what is this stuff, if they have to get $15 an hour

or $13 an hour minimum wage?

Yeah, it's a great question.

So I wrote "The Vanishing American Adult" primarily

to be constructive.

One third of the book is looking at this problem

of perpetual adolescence.

But two thirds of it is about what habits can we

help inculcate in our kids.

And you point to one of the central ones.

Which is, as parents we need to have

a theory and a plan for how we're going to help

our kids get a work ethic.

Because most kids don't grow up around farms anymore.

Where I'm from in Nebraska we still

bus kids out in the summer to the fields to de-tassle corn.

So there are some of those opportunities

in parts of the country.

But most American kids are growing up in suburbs now.

And we, the parents, need to plan to get them a work ethic.

And that's what "The Vanishing American

Adult" is really about.

Well, let me show this book.

It is available right now wherever books are sold.

It's called "The Vanishing American Adult."

Let me ask you though.

You know, I hear Chuck Schumer speaking.

And I would think that hell for him

would be to listen to the nonsense

that he speaks over and over and over again for all eternity.

Why do they want to attack everything the president does?

Well there are a whole bunch of people in Washington DC who

are confused.

And this is probably true in both political parties.

They get confused and they start to think that Washington DC is

the center of the world.

And we don't believe that.

Christians don't believe that.

And Americans, broadly, don't believe that.

But unfortunately five of the seven richest counties

in America now are the suburbs of Washington DC

where the lobbyists live.

You've got Manhattan, San Francisco and five counties

around Washington DC.

A river of money flows to this place and that's

not what the founders intended.

The American people believe, like the founders believe,

that whatever small town or whatever urban ethnic

neighborhood you're living in, whatever suburb you live in,

you're supposed to think that's the center of the world.

Because that's where you work.

And that's where you worship.

And that's where you're joining the Rotary Club.

And that's where you're raising kids.

That's supposed to be the center of the world.

And we have too many politicians that are confused.

And they think that heaven can come

by politics in Washington DC.

And it's not true.

You're absolutely right.

Three big things.

You've got tax reform.

You've got the Obamacare repeal and replace.

And you've got the budget.

Comment on it.

How are we going to handle them?

Yeah, so Washington is not very good at telling the truth

about long-term problems.

And all three of those that you name

are big and long-term problems.

So maybe just a brief comment on each.

American health care is one of the only sectors

of the economy where we don't get higher quality for lower

cost over time.

And we should ask why that is.

It isn't because we have too little government.

It's because we've already had too much government

perverting our health care delivery system

and trying to get in the way between doctors

and nurses and their patients.

So we need to do health care reform that actually tries

to put doctors and nurses and patients and families

back in the center of the equation.

We need to have a system where lots of Americans

know they've got insurance against a catastrophic event.

But mostly, we don't need more government intrusion

in the health care system.

And that's why we need to repeal and fully replace Obamacare.

Second, on tax reform.

There are so many loopholes and carve outs

and special exemptions for the lobbyists

and the politically connected and the powerful.

And what the American people want is a simpler tax code.

We could lower the marginal rate as long

as we would carve out lots of these loopholes

and carve outs for the politically connected.

The American people know that Washington

exists to provide for the common defense.

The American people want to pay their taxes that

go to the troops and go to national security.

But there's just so much muck and slosh around this place.

We need to do fundamental tax reform.

And then, third.

You point to the budget.

You know, this is a city that hasn't done an honest budgeting

for four decades now.

35 of the last 39 years, less than 30%

of all federal spending has gone through the budget process.

Almost every year these people get

to the end of the fiscal year, they get to September,

and the government's about to shut down.

And then they scream that the only two choices

are shut down the government and fund nothing

or grow all government spending another 2% or 3% next year.

That doesn't make any sense.

I'm one of five people in the US Senate

that's never been a politician before.

As you mentioned, I was a college president before.

And that's why I wrote "The Vanishing American Adult"

because most of the important questions in American life

are upstream from politics.

We need politics to do a smaller number of things.

And we need a budget that reflects a politics that does

a smaller number of things.

But the more important things more urgently.

Well Senator, I appreciate that.

The wisdom that you're showing.

May your colleagues acknowledge some of it

as being the gospel truth.

Thank you, sir.

Well, the book is called "The Vanishing American Adult:

The Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Build a Culture

of Self-Reliance."

You can get the book online or at your bookstore.

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