'Oppressed' Mizzou hunger striker's family worth millions

Jonathan Butler, the University of Missouri grad student who went on a hunger strike because the university dropped his healthcare, was apparently not a representative voice for the people.

"He wanted everybody to know and admit their white guilt for white privilege," Glenn explained on radio Thursday.

Although he protested on behalf of the so-called "oppressed" being held back by "white privilege," Butler's family seems to have benefited greatly from opportunities in America. In fact, last year his father pulled in more that six million as an executive with Union Pacific. He is worth a cool twenty million dollars.

Glenn pointed out the absurdity of Butler being a voice for the "oppressed" students at the University of Missouri. By the way, the university dropped healthcare for graduate students because of Obamacare.

To hear the full discussion, start listening at 1:45:00.

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

GLENN: Can we just talk -- and I know this is a story that broke yesterday. But we didn't get a chance to talk about it because of the debate.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: The hunger strike protester.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

JEFFY: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: Oh, my gosh, this guy was oppressed.

GLENN: Right. Right. So he was on a hunger strike at Missouri University.

PAT: Right because of the oppression.

GLENN: Because of the oppression. And he wanted everybody to know and admit their white guilt for white oppression.

STU: Privilege.

GLENN: And their white privilege. Exactly right. Because white people have privileges that others --

PAT: That he doesn't. You know, as a person of color, he obviously doesn't have access to certain things.

GLENN: Exactly right.

JEFFY: He had many demands. He was really angry at the university for taking away the health care for the graduate student program.

PAT: Yeah. Dang it.

GLENN: So his paternal grandfather is an attorney in New York, who helped the poor in New York City a lot.

STU: Seems like a good job.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah, and his mom Cynthia was a former educator, who runs an advocacy people.

PAT: So these are good people. Salt of the earth and hard workers.

GLENN: Salt of the earth. And advocates for people.

PAT: Advocates for people. Yes. Yes.

GLENN: And his dad --

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Well, his dad --

PAT: Was like a dirt farmer?

GLENN: No.

PAT: A plumber?

GLENN: A Union Pacific executive.

PAT: What do you mean, like a person --

STU: An executive assistant?

PAT: Yeah. Like he repaired trains?

GLENN: No, he was the executive vice president of marketing and sales.

STU: Okay. Is that good --

PAT: Yeah, but, I mean, what do they pull down, 30-, $35,000 a year?

GLENN: No, last year he made 6,685,500 in total compensation.

JEFFY: That's only with stock options, though.

STU: Oh, okay.

PAT: Wait. 6 million --

GLENN: $6,685,500 in total compensation last year. The family is worth -- daddy is worth $20 million.

JEFFY: Now how oppressed are you?

PAT: Isn't that amazing? That is so amazing.

GLENN: Isn't that so oppressed? Do you know if he was white, how much money he would have?

STU: I don't know. Probably $21 million.

GLENN: Oh, he would probably have $500 billion if he were white.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Dad would have owned the railroad, not been an executive vice president, working for a measly six and a half million dollars a year.

PAT: Thank you. And he would get free health care from the university.

GLENN: Right. Right. And grandpa wouldn't have been an attorney in New York City. Okay.

PAT: Plus, somebody wouldn't have said the N-word to somebody else who was walking not on campus, but off campus.

GLENN: Amen to that one.

PAT: And somebody drove by them and said something or may not have. We don't know. Because we don't have any proof.

GLENN: Mom wouldn't have been a teacher.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Had it not been for white privilege.

STU: And, Jeffy, can you go through the white privilege that led to the health care being pulled away from these students?

JEFFY: Yeah. Well, he was very angry at the University of Missouri for pulling this out from the graduate student plan.

PAT: Yeah.

JEFFY: But the university had to do that because of Obamacare.

GLENN: What.

PAT: The white privilege Obamacare.

STU: The white side. Yeah.

PAT: Yeah.

Featured Image: Jonathan Butler (c), a University of Missouri grad student who did a 7 day hunger strike addresses students on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Students celebrate the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe amid allegations of racism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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.

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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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