Starbucks brews up more controversy

A lot of people (online at least) are upset with Starbucks for doing away with their Christmas-themed cups.

Glenn offered his two cents to the conversation on radio Tuesday, saying people who really care about the issue should do more than simply complain about it online.

"Here's what you do, don't go to Starbucks anymore," Glenn said. "If this is what you really believe, then boycott Starbucks. I'm really tired of the, 'I'm just going to get online and raise a stink.' If you really believe that, please don't show me a picture of you outraged holding your cup of coffee that you just paid for at Starbucks."

Listen to the full exchange or read the transcript below.

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

. They have taken their Christmas cups, and they have made them just red instead of having any snowflakes or anything else. And everybody is saying that this is how they hate Christmas. I really don't care myself.

STU: When you say everybody, can you be more specific? Anybody? Are there people actually upset about this?

PAT: Apparently there are some.

GLENN: There are a lot of people upset. At least online, there's a lot of people upset. And that's my point. If you're really upset, then do something about it. Here's what you do, don't go to Starbucks anymore. Boycott Starbucks. If this is what you really believe, then boycott Starbucks. I'm really tired of the, "I'm just going to get online and raise a stink." If you really believe that, please don't show me a picture of you outraged holding your cup of coffee that you just paid for at Starbucks.

(chuckling)

That's not doing anything. That's not doing anything.

PAT: Yeah, but I told them my name was Jesus, so they wrote it on a cup. So I got it.

GLENN: Okay.

(laughter)

So -- but let's also look at Starbucks and their history. I don't like Starbucks. I mean, we've already gone through this with the cups. And this is why people probably think they hate Christmas is because they've pretty much slapped you in the face repeatedly over the last year. Remember, this is the company that wanted to teach us, you know, exactly what race hatred was all about. And what was it they were putting on all their cups? They wanted to have a conversation, right?

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: A conversation about race. Okay. So I think that's why people are jumping to the conclusion that they don't like Christmas. However, let's just remember that they have -- their best-selling coffee is something they call "the Christmas blend."

PAT: Uh-huh. And they sell it in their stores. They sell it in grocery stores.

GLENN: They sell it in their stores. If they have the Christmas blend, how could you possibly say they hate Christmas? Wouldn't they call that the winter blend?

PAT: Yeah. Solstice blend? The cold blend?

STU: You would think so. Unless they're trying to poison their people that buy the Christmas blend. Is it possible? Is it possible that everyone who drinks the Christmas blend will drop dead?

GLENN: Possible. Not probable, but it is possible, yes.

PAT: Meanwhile, Trump was firing everybody up yesterday.

GLENN: This is nuts.

PAT: Kind of crazy.

DONALD: Today I read -- and I have Starbucks -- they're my tenants. Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks. No more.

PAT: This is perfect.

(booing)

GLENN: Listen to this. This is amazing.

DONALD: I wouldn't buy -- hey, look, I'm speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. Seriously. I don't care.

GLENN: Stop. Stop. That's the most incredible thing I've ever heard. Maybe we should -- I'm talking against myself. So he's made a statement. I'm talking against myself. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. I don't care.

That's what I want from a president

PAT: Then why did you bring it up then? If you don't know or care, then why are you advertising that maybe we should boycott them if you don't care?

GLENN: Well, I'm saying something kind of similar, aren't I? I'm not going to boycott Starbucks, but if do care about this, then stop just taking pictures of yourself drinking their coffee, holding the cup that outrages you. Go to Dunkin' Donuts. Better coffee anyway.

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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:

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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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