What Will Make This Summer Magical in Spite of All the Bad News?

We often think things were simpler when we were kids.

When you hear that song that takes you back to a certain feeling and a certain moment in time, where you can see the room or you can see the girl, it brings you back to a time when the greens and the reds and the blues are Kodachrome.

Kids are now on summer vacation. Do you remember the week before summer vacation? Do you remember what that felt like? Do you remember just sitting in the classroom and looking outside and everything was winding down and you just knew, "I'm finished, and summer is here."

And then at the end of summer, the anticipation of new school clothes. I remember the new pencils and pens for school. In the summer, friends playing until the sun went down and the slam of the front porch screen door as you were running out to join them.

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Summers were a time of discovery. The girl, the girl you kissed for the first time, or the girl you wanted to kiss for the first time. Your first love.

I thought about this a lot last week while I was on vacation with my kids, and again this week because of the serial we're running about Ronald Reagan. Last week, the kids were outside playing, and I said to my wife, "Oh, if I could just go back to those days when we were kids, they were better and they were simpler." But they weren't. They really weren't.

It's that we were kids.

If our parents were doing their job, they protected us from all of the scary things out in the world.

There's a difference between the perspective of a kid and the perspective of somebody who's now done it for 40 or 50 years. I don't know about you, but I never expected to live past 30. I didn't think there was life after 30. You just became old.

You could do anything when you were a kid. Your whole world was ahead of you. Everything you thought of was, "It's not going to be like that when I'm in charge. I'm not going to be a parent like that, or I'm not going to go to the office like that." And nothing would stand in your way because you didn't really understand what the world was really like. And by the time you hit 40 or 50 or 60, you're pretty worn down. And if you're not lucky, you haven't realized it along the way, that it is all in your attitude.

"Come to me like a child," really means come to me still asking: "Why? How? How does that work?" Still looking at things with wonder.

Today, my daughter is going to have my second grandchild. And I thought an awful lot about when I was about to have my second child and how afraid I was to have my second child. Because there's no way I could love this child as much as I love my first child. There's no way. And I don't want to have favorites. And, man, one is one, two is 20. How are we going to do that? I'm never going to sleep again.

Now that I'm on the other side of it, I know all of that was nonsense.

Last week, when I was on vacation, Cheyenne came to me Wednesday or Thursday. And for the first time in a few days, the email and the internet was on. An email downloaded (we couldn't get online because we were up in the mountains). And she said, "Dad, I've downloaded the news. I want to read it to you." And I said, "No, no, no, no, honey." She said, "Why? Don't you want to know what's going on?" And my answer was less than 100 percent true. I said, "You know, honey, Daddy sees it every day, and nothing really changes, and I'll see it when I get home."

The rest of the truth was more simple than that: I didn't want her to see what was happening today around the world. I wanted her to live in summer.

As crazy as the world is and as hard as it might be for us to believe, our children are going to remember this summer as one of the best summers of their life. They're going to discover all those things that we did --- if we do our job right.

I found a picture of me. I posted it online last week. It was 1970. I was six years old. And it was of me on this rusty boat that was on the coast of Washington State --- this little, teeny boat, all rusted out and it made kind of a place where kids could climb on it. And I had my dog, my collie, his name was Prince. This picture was from a little town on the water, just about 40 minutes from our house in Mount Vernon, Washington. And we rented a little cabin a few blocks away from the beach, and it was a very rare vacation for us. But this picture came from a time when it was printed on the side, and it said, "July 1970."

I remember that boat. And I remember this being a magical summer. We didn't go on vacation very much because my dad was always working. And I knew we didn't have a lot of money, but what I didn't know, summer of 1970, was my dad's business was failing. My dad's business was really struggling. What I didn't know that summer of 1970 was that a really nasty war was going on. What I didn't know was the year before we had riots in the streets. In the last two years before that summer of me on the boat, Martin Luther King was shot. Malcolm X was killed. RFK was killed. The world was on fire. Cities were burning to the ground. The Weather Underground was full-action. Nixon and Watergate were just around the corner.

But there I was on my boat. I was a child, and I was doing my job. I was doing childish things.

For that one week in that summer of 1970, I remember it. Me and my dog, we were on that ship. And we fought the pirates, we explored the world, sailed the Seven Seas, just a boy and his dog, just as it should be, in the summer.

Featured Image: Glenn and his dog in 1970

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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