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I just had a surreal day.

Films and TV shows are made here. Prison Break and Walker: Texas Ranger to name two.

Dinesh D'Sousa is filming his new movie on one of our stages and we have a film called The Revolutionary in production.

revolutionary Crews scout set locations for the film 'The Revolutionary' on horseback.

Over the last 60 days I have spent two intense hours with many of the GOP candidates. I have really gotten to know and respect Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Walker, Jindal, Santorum, Paul and Fiorina.

21804320441_e1a446d014_k Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

I think the interviews with each have been some of the most informative interviews on who these people really are, not just their policies.

I have had many opportunities to do some pretty cool things, like two weeks ago someone asked if they could rent my Oval Office for a major film shoot and we are rebuilding it for them, and then today the Ted Cruz people were filming a doc on stage two. (We film many things on this stage. From episodes of "Dallas" and "GameStop" to national TV commercials.)

When I arrived to work today, I asked if I could see what they had planned. They allowed me to help set the shots and work with the crew. It was a crew that shot all of the mini docs for the Olympics. It was cool to be around such pros.

Pretty soon ADL came in and before we knew it, we were helping out on a pretty major piece for a guy who could be the next president! This is what I love about my staff. Some of them wouldn't vote for a Republican, but we all want to make these guys look their best and who they really are!

22308643178_7b3f4e0a83_o Presidential candidate Ted Cruz sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

It is a nice thing when you trust that the American people will figure it out. You never have to slight someone or film one in good light or the other in bad, like so many on the left do. (See Newsweek and the famous John McCain photo.)

It was about his faith and most of it was with his father. What a powerful story. Many in the audience were crying. The amazing thing is how closely it matches in exact reverse Barack Obama's story.

Every presidential candidate that has come by, I have offered our studios to and offered my help as there are so many in my company that believe that one of these guys could be the one that saves the Western way of life. There are many that we all (Mercury) would volunteer for. We need a good candidate.

We are so blessed. We have many really good candidates to chose from. Never in my life has there been a better field.

I said to one of the candidates before the debate last week, "please don't attack each other."

22483135862_49b4de45ef_k Presidential candidate Rand Paul sits down for a one on one interview with Glenn.

I wish we could get to a point to where they would all say, if I didn't win, I will help this guy win. I think the field is split in two. Establishment progressive Republicans and Constitutional conservatives.

You know that Kasich and Lindsay Graham would support Jeb. And Ted, Carson, Paul, Jindal and Santorum could support each other. Wouldn't it be nice if they would all move more as a block and explain the difference in choice with out tearing each other apart?

BTW, I also had a few minutes to speak with Ted about his memory thing. It is so cool. More on Monday.

Also, I think Marco Rubio is with me later this week for a couple of hours. I am very excited.

Who will be the first to speak about the immorality of capitalism as we are living it?

I just had a surreal day.Films and tv shows are made here. Prison break and Walker: Texas Ranger to name two. ...

Posted by Glenn Beck on Friday, October 30, 2015

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."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

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."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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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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