Glenn unleashes on Paul Ryan backer

For those who tuned in to Glenn's radio program on Thursday, it shouldn't have been hard to tell he was upset. Glenn didn't attempt to hide his feelings of betrayal when the Freedom Caucus expressed support for Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House after previously emphasizing the importance of getting someone else in there who could change the process.

Glenn's staff tried calling the Freedom Caucus founders so they could defend their position to Glenn's listeners, but got crickets in response.

"Gee, they're not taking phone calls," Glenn said.

One person who supported Paul Ryan actually agreed to come on the program - Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk.

"I have told Mr. Loudermilk's staff he's walking into a buzz saw, but he's more than welcome," Glenn said. "Maybe he has a good explanation, and we will treat him with respect as he is the only one so far that has had the guts to come on the program and face his constituents."

Watch the heated exchange below.

Glenn's staff called every member of the Freedom Caucus on Thursday after Glenn's radio show ended. Here are the results.

- Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, Chair - Phone line was busy.

- Justin Amash of Michigan – Nobody answered and mailbox was full.

- Brian Babin of Texas – Staff member wasn't sure.

- Rod Blum of Iowa – Nobody answered and mailbox was full.

- Dave Brat of Virginia – Had a previous engagement so wasn't at Wednesday night's Freedom Caucus meeting. Staff member was unable to commit to a specific candidate for speaker.

- Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma – SUPPORTING DANIEL WEBSTER NOW AND AT NEXT WEEK'S VOTES.

- Mo Brooks of Alabama – Staff member hadn't spoken to him, so not sure.

- Ken Buck of Colorado – Staff member wasn't sure.

- Curt Clawson of Florida – Opposed Paul Ryan Wednesday night. Has supported Daniel Webster in the past. Staff member assumed he will next week as well.

- Ron DeSantis of Florida – Staff member hadn't spoken to him, so not sure.

- Scott Desjarlais of Tennessee – Staff member said Rep. Desjarlais seemed to be ok with supporting Paul Ryan, but that could change.

- Jeff Duncan of South Carolina – Supported Paul Ryan at the Wednesday night gathering.

- John Fleming of Louisiana – Staff member wasn't sure.

- Trent Franks of Arizona – Still up in the air.

- Scott Garrett of New Jersey – Staff member wouldn't share either way.

- Paul Gosar of Arizona – Staff member hadn't seen him, so not sure.

- Morgan Griffith of Virginia – Staff member hadn't spoken to him, so not sure.

- Andy Harris of Maryland – Staff member said nothing has been shared publically.

- Jody Hice of Georgia – Staff said Rep. Hice hadn't discussed this with them, so couldn't speak to this now.

- Tim Huelskamp of Kansas – SOLIDLY FOR DANIEL WEBSTER.

- Raúl Labrador of Idaho – Supporting Paul Ryan but "not his demands."

- Barry Loudermilk of Georgia – Supporting Paul Ryan.

- Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming – Still considering the candidates.

- Mark Meadows of North Carolina – Staff said he's having an open conversation but hasn't formerly decided.

- Alex Mooney of West Virginia – Undecided.

- Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina – Referred to Facebook page where he states that he is standing with the founders of the Freedom Caucus - so must be for Paul Ryan.

- Gary Palmer of Alabama – Undecided.

- Steve Pearce of New Mexico – PUBLICLY SUPPORTING DANIEL WEBSTER.

- Scott Perry of Pennsylvania – Supporting Paul Ryan.

- Ted Poe of Texas – Has met with Paul Ryan several times, but is still reviewing his options.

- Bill Posey of Florida – SUPPORTING DANIEL WEBSTER.

- Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania – Considering options until the vote next week.

- Matt Salmon of Arizona – Still undecided.

- Mark Sanford of South Carolina – Standing with the majority of the Freedom Caucus - so must be for Paul Ryan.

- David Schweikert of Arizona - Standing with the Freedom Caucus - so must be for Paul Ryan.

- Marlin Stutzman of Indiana - Standing with the Freedom Caucus - so must be for Paul Ryan.

- Randy Weber of Texas – Staff said he's still undecided and that lots of calls are coming in telling him not to vote for Paul Ryan - so, they are listening!

- Ted Yoho of Florida – DANIEL WEBSTER. Period.

In summary, out of the 38 members of the Freedom Caucus:

- 14% are publicly for Daniel Webster

- 45% are supporting Paul Ryan

- 42% are undecided (half of which most likely support Paul Ryan in order to support the Freedom Caucus claim that they have a super majority on their side)

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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