'We Keep You in Our Prayers': Glenn Speaks With Truck Driver Heading Into Irma's Path

Hurricane Irma evacuee, only known as Jamie, joined radio to share her compelling ordeal as she attempted to deliver aid to her fellow Floridians in a semi-truck.

Jamie, who postponed evacuating to deliver groceries to the stores that are out, will join the others in traffic who are evacuating the state only after she’s taken care of those who need to be fed.

“I’m hoping and praying that my kids are taking care of everything because I running on 14 hours a day and 10 hours of sleep, and doing it the next day,” said Jamie.

“We lost everything to the storm 11 years ago — we lost everything but my little family of four. And we can rebuild. Florida can rebuild, but we can’t replace the people.”

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PAT: So this is going to be another tough weekend with Irma barreling down. And to me, we need to -- we're naming these storms all wrong. Because Irma, doesn't that sound like a frightful, big, bad hurricane?

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: Harvey sounded like a big, bad hurricane. So instead, why don't we start naming them things like Blaine? Hurricane Blaine couldn't possibly develop into anything, could it? I mean, no self-respecting hurricane on earth could be named Blaine or Ambrose or Aubrey.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: It just can't happen. So we're going about this all wrong. But this has been really deja vu watching the evacuation in Florida because we did the same thing with Houston, just on less notice, in 2005. At the very end, they said, evacuate. And so 3.7 million people tried to do that at the same time.

GLENN: That seems like a really bad idea.

PAT: It's a really bad idea.

GLENN: Can I just put Jamie on real quick because she's on the road in Florida evacuating right now. Jamie, how long have you been sitting in traffic, and what does it look like?

CALLER: Hi, Mr. Beck, well, I'm not actually sitting in traffic yet. I'm going down to return later and sit in it. I'm on a truck, and I blame the roads for these -- for the stores that are out of stuff.

GLENN: Wow.

CALLER: So we've got -- you know, all your three main arteries are so clogged, and we're taking rigs down back streets and side streets.

GLENN: Holy cow. Jamie, I got to tell, we will keep you in our prayers. There is nothing -- you want to talk about a dangerous situation: Hey, be in a big tractor-trailer as those winds come. God bless you.

CALLER: We'll park them before. But we're the first lines going back in, as soon as it clears.

GLENN: Wow.

CALLER: I mean, I can't even go home to brace and secure. I'm hoping and praying that my kids are taking care of everything. Because I'm running, you know, on 14 hours a day and ten hours of sleep and doing it again the next day.

We lost everything to the storms 11 years ago. We lost everything, but my little family of four. And we can rebuild. We can rebuild. But we can't give life to people. (crying)

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GLENN: Jamie in Florida, in a tractor-trailer going to deliver aid and help. We keep you in our prayers.

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Pat, you sat in this. Or you actually didn't. Because I remember I called you and I said --

PAT: Yeah, we were talking about it on the air. You were telling me how stupid I was.

GLENN: Yeah, you got to get out.

STU: That's a nice relationship you guys have.

PAT: It is. It is. It's --

GLENN: Well, I only said he was stupid because I cared. You got to get out of there.

STU: Yeah, of course.

PAT: This was, what, two or three weeks after Katrina, so everybody was afraid that we were all going to die if we stayed. But we prayed about it pretty earnestly and decided we needed to stay, and so we did. And then I was really glad we did. Because, you know, everybody was stuck. One hundred people died, many of them of heatstroke. You remember that bus filled with senior citizens caught on fire. Twenty-four of them died.

GLENN: Jeez.

PAT: It was horrific. So hopefully this will go a lot better than Florida. I think they've given them a little more leeway and a little more time to get out.

GLENN: So you're sitting there -- after your experience, you're sitting there in Miami, Florida, and you know you got to get out. I mean, this is going to hit Miami. It's going to be bad.

PAT: Oh, you have to leave. You have to leave.

GLENN: So how do you do that, when, you know -- I'm going to be probably sitting on the highway.

PAT: Yeah, I mean, I don't know.

GLENN: Are they opening the other side? Are they opening the southbound lanes at all?

PAT: I would -- I would hope so. For northbound traffic, you mean? Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Take the freeway and open both sides.

STU: I'm sure they will.

This is the thing, you're at that point now where they're getting pretty good at forecasting these things, at least say four days in advance. You really -- once you see you're in the path of one of these things, you need to leave not one day early, but four days early or five days early. And, you know, about half of the time, you're just going to wind up being frustrated because you left for no reason. But these things can get real bad.

PAT: It's better than getting stuck in the gridlock. The Houston thing was the greatest gridlock in American history. So hopefully they can avoid that.

GLENN: Holy cow, I've been in New York with the president. Wow.

PAT: So -- but the other thing was, have you guys heard about the flooding in Asia? Have you guys talked about that at all?

GLENN: No. We just got to the fires of the east coast and the drought in the Midwest.

PAT: This is the weirdest thing: In India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, 40 million people have lost their homes and livelihoods.

GLENN: What!

STU: What!

PAT: Thirteen hundred people have died -- 1,300 people have died, up to 40 percent of them children. I saw nothing about this. We have some friends staying with us at the house this week. And -- and she said -- she said to me at the dinner table, "So what do you think -- I mean, the Houston thing is bad, but what do you think of the thing in Asia?" I'm like, "The thing in Asia. What thing in Asia?" She said, "Well, thousands of people have died in flooding."

GLENN: Fires or flood?

PAT: About the same time. Floods. Yeah. It's the monsoon rains.

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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