Glenn Beck: Enjoy the Silence




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Community organizing is all fun and games until someone starts organizing the community against the community-organized, government-run health care. Then it's time to start breaking some legs!

Here's the One Thing: While the Service Employees International Union members don their "Health Care '09" T-shirts and delivers beat downs to opponents, the tension keeps getting worse and President Obama refuses to say anything helpful.

How about throwing us a bone here, Mr. President? A little "Hey, they have a right to protest too" would be nice — it could help quell the "It's just the GOP AstroTurf mob" stuff.

But Glenn, he shouldn't say anything because it's just fake grassroots people pretending to be angry about socialized health care. It's all orchestrated; they aren't credible like us.

Yes, I know. You are regular people, who've been found on the Internet and in neighborhoods. The other side would never think of running ads on Craigslist or Facebook to buy supporters.

And, who's the real "mob" here? Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative, would probably say the SEIU. He was handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags when he was attacked by a member of SEIU.

I'm sick and tired of the media — and politicians — equating union thugs like these, with regular American citizens who have gathered (most likely) for the first time in their lives to be heard. This isn't a bunch of college kids and hippies being paid to protest. It's regular people who see how government runs things and are terrified at the prospects of government-run health care.

And you know what? Even if this were some conservative anti-healthcare "group," who cares? They don't have less of an opinion than the pro-government-run health care group, do they?

Aren't people on both sides — paid or unpaid, group or individuals — all Americans who have a right to their voice? Besides, what was it Barack Obama's wife said he'd make us do?

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MICHELLE OBAMA: Barack Obama will require you to work... Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

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So Obama must be tickled pink with all the people "getting involved," right? Well, here's his reaction to the health care protests:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking.

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Oh, that's right. I totally spaced on that part of First Amendment: It only applies to those who agree; it doesn't count if someone disagrees.

Sorry to tell the president this, but we not going to shut up no matter how many SEIU thugs try to intimidate us. America will keep talking and hopefully on both sides. And they'll keep debating. And they'll do it peacefully, because we are not thugs. Thugs on either side should go to jail. But here's what Congressman David Scott said this week:

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REP. DAVID SCOTT, D-GA.: I'm listening to my constituents. These are people who live in the 13th Congressional District, who vote in this district. That's who I've got to respond to. OK? All right. That's everybody with different opinions. So what you've got to understand is, those of you that are here, that came and hijacked this event. This is not a health care event. You've made the choice to come here and take advantage of this meeting that these people in Douglassville worked hard to put together to deal with this road. You chose to come and do it on your own. Not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting. OK? Then do that. Do that!

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Mr. Congressman, I know you are aware that not everyone has access to a brand-new Gulfstream G5, so it might be tough for the average Joe who makes $129,000 less than you to swing by the office. We hope you understand and accept our offer to instead use a common alternative to private jets: the telephone.

Call your congressman. Call your senator right now. I hope they accept the call. But lawmakers, please know that while we're talking to you, we'll demand some things that are reasonable:

Read the bills you vote on and have the courage to tell us exactly where you stand on this bill

Know we are not going to give up

Know we are not angry mobs

Know that you are a servant of the people and maybe you should act like it

And after you've called Congress, call the White House. Tell them, politely, that you demand the president address whether:

It's un-American to speak out at a town hall

The president (himself) will speak out against the violence from SEIU and ACORN

Americans have a right to be frustrated because things seem to be moving so fast when no one's read the bill

Washington, we're sick of being ridiculed, demeaned and now intimidated.

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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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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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