Marco Rubio answers rapid-fire economic questions

Joining Glenn's radio program Friday, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio answered a series of rapid-fire questions about the economy.

Disappointed with the past debate - which he said he wished focused more on the economy - Rubio expressed his support for Glenn's proposed #BlazeDebate, saying, "I'm ready. Let me know where it is and I'll be there."

In the rapid-fire Q & A, Glenn asked Rubio where he stood on issues such as income tax cuts, a flat tax and abolishing the IRS.

Watch or read below for his responses.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: Marco Rubio is joining us now. 2016 presidential hopeful and US senator from the great state of Florida.

Hello, Marco, how are you, sir?

MARCO: I'm well. Thanks for having me back on.

GLENN: You bet. How'd you feel about the debate?

MARCO: Well, I wish there would have been more questions about the economy since it was on CNBC. I think I would rather have a debate that you moderate, but are we working on that? Or?

GLENN: Yes, we are working on that. Do we have your support on that, sir?

MARCO: I do. I'm ready. Let me know where it is and I'll be there.

GLENN: Okay. Good.

All right. Let me go through some economic rapid fire with you. Okay?

MARCO: Yeah.

GLENN: Should income tax rates be cut across-the-board for every taxpayer?

MARCO: Absolutely, especially for those that are paying — a lot of people, their small business pay on the personal rate. They're getting creamed by the tax rate.

GLENN: Would you support a flat income tax?

MARCO: I think that's ideal. Obviously the plan I propose is even flatter. It goes from seven rates to three, and I do have a flat tax for business.

GLENN: You have a flat tax for business —

MARCO: Yeah, 25 percent — no higher than 25 percent for all business income. That includes, you know, passthrough companies. Like, somebody owns a business, you're an S corporation, so you're paying on your personal rate, which could be as high as 39.5 percent. Meanwhile, some big company, that's subchapter C, you're paying sometimes zero because of tax exemptions and all kind of cronyism.

GLENN: This is actually a Mike Lee package, is it not?

MARCO: It is. And it's also pro-family. We increase the pro-child tax credit for working families. We allow immediate and full expensing of any investment you make in your business. We eliminate double taxation on investment. I've worked on it with Mike, and we introduced it about six months ago.

GLENN: Now, I've talked to Mike about abolishing the IRS. What do I need to do — let me go back and talk to my manager, what do I need to do to talk you into abolishing the IRS?

MARCO: The problem with it — I mean, that's always in conjunction with the fair tax, which would be a national sales tax. Which I've always said, if you were to start country from scratch, that's what you want to do, is a consumption tax. I actually tried to do that in Florida with the property tax.

The problem is, you have to abolish the income tax in the Constitution. You cannot leave an income tax open because what will happen is, they'll get the sales tax, and then some future Congress will come in and say, hey, why don't we add a small income tax on top of it. And they'll keep growing it from there.

GLENN: That's my problem with the VAT tax.

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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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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