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US Congressman Paul C Broun

GLENN: I want to go to U.S. representative Paul Broun. He is again raising the Specter of Democrats turning the United States of America into a totalitarian state. Congressman, how are you, sir?

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Good morning, Glenn. I tell you freedom is too precious for us to not be ever vigilant to make sure that we stay engaged to try and protect that freedom and that's all I've been doing.

GLENN: You said that Obama may be a fascist. You said that back in November and you're saying it again now?

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Well, actually what I've said is that there are a number of things that someone who wants to establish an authoritarian type of government needs to do to be able to do so one of which is to establish a national police force, a national security force. In July of July 17th of last year, Barack Obama in a speech given in Colorado went off his prepared text and said that, to quote him, quote: We cannot concede or rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded, unquote. He said we've got to have it.

Then the other thing that is necessary is to institute gun control. We know that Barack Obama has historically fought for gun control. He was the board member on the Joyce Foundation in Chicago that has supported gun control groups. He has put in place those folks around him that are very ardent supporters of gun control that have said, like Justice Sotomayor and Eric Holder and others who have said that there's not an individual right to own a firearm, et cetera.

And then a third thing of many that they need but these three particularly, they need to control the media. There is a tremendous adoration of Barack Obama throughout the media. And then those of us who stand up and just raise the specter of the possibility of establishing authoritarian government, then we become Alinsky'd as you and I both have probably.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: We both know that.

GLENN: There was a news outlet this weekend that referred to me as a terrorist. I mean

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Well, we saw the Homeland Security department say that people like you and me need to be put on a terrorist watch life. They say that Christian conservatives, pro life people, pro Second Amendment people, veterans even need to be put on a terrorist watch list. And I'm on the Homeland Security committee in the U.S. House. The secretary came and spoke to us and said that that should never have been released. Well, I guess not because it's a black eye on this administration.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. What about ELF? Didn't ELF blow up radio towers this weekend and say they were going to stop disinformation? I believe that happened in California this weekend. I believe they are the number one domestic terror group and yet they weren't mentioned in that at all. We have people that are blowing up the natural gas pipelines in Canada and yet nobody is talking about that. And I wonder why. Why did no one in the media really report, I mean really go after? They are talking about all these violent, you know, this is going to get violent at these town halls, going to be violence, violence, violence. Well, there was some violence. A guy had his finger bitten off by a supporter of Obamacare.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: That's right. In fact, Glenn, this morning in the Athens Banner Herald the editorial talks about the possible violence at my town hall meeting. I'm sitting just one thin door away from a meeting hall where I'm holding a town hall meeting. We have had information that the Obama folks are bussing people in here to disrupt our town hall meeting. So not only that but to go back to these groups, we've seen these radical environmental groups who are terrorists. We have seen the radical animal protection groups like the Animal Liberation Front and all these other groups. But not only that, within the Obama administration we see his diversity czar that he's put in the Federal Communications Commission has said that they are going to have localization in radio stations to try to shut down radio talk shows like yours, Rush Limbaugh's.

GLENN: Of course, they have to.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Yours voice and others, and give those radio stations to other entities who are going to parrot what they want to have happen. So I'm just extremely concerned about all the things that I'm seeing. We have to be ever vigilant to make sure that we do not lose freedom.

I'm an original intent constitutionalist and I think the federal government should only be doing the 18 things that Article I, Section 8 says that it can do. In fact, on my website I've put forth four questions that ask myself about all legislative issues. The first, is it right. And that means does it fit the Jew day's Christian principles, the biblical principles that this nation was founded upon. Second, is it constitutional according to the original intent. Third, do we need it. And fourth, can we afford it. And all four questions have to be yes or I vote no, and I'll continue to do so. We need to stop this outrageous spending of government, we need to make sure that we don't lose your freedom. This healthcare bill is going to be absolutely disastrous. I've said in floor speech after floor speech that we have a steamroller of socialism being driven by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, being fueled by Barack Obama, and we've got to put a stop sign in front of that steamroller.

GLENN: You know what? I will tell you this. Congressman, I have tonight on television I'm going to show what the White House has just done with Van Jones and why it is so unbelievably dangerous. And I've been saying, and I'm going to explain it in another way tonight, how we have to be Gandalf and stand there on that bridge and say "You shall not pass!" You can't let these people there is no compromise. You can't let these people do anything for the one reason: We used to have a system where we had Democrats and Republicans. But the Democrats have been hijacked by the uber left. They have people Michael Moore was sitting in the presidential box in 2004 when I first warned about this and said you've got to get yourself away from these people.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Right.

GLENN: Because they are socialists, they are communists, they are anticapitalists. And everybody laughed at the time. And look at Michael Moore this weekend. He comes out with a statement that says capitalism is evil.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Right.

GLENN: You can't let these people in Washington make another move.

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: Absolutely. And that's exactly what Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid believe in, also, and we've just, we're sitting in a very precarious position as a country if we don't stop this steamroller of socialism. We are going to lose our freedom, we are going to be controlled by the federal government. The system of checks and battle are going out the window. The Supreme Court and the federal court systems do not use the Constitution in its original intent in the judgments that they hand down. The congress, and Democratic and Republican administrations alike, as well as the Democratic and Republican control of congress alike, we have seen the Constitution perverted and abused tremendously and we've got to stop it.

GLENN: Congress

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: The Constitution of the United States starts with three very powerful words, we the people. And it's going to take we the people standing up and say no to this steamroller of socialism, and I really appreciate what you do in bringing forth all this information about the czars, about what's going on on the federal government, and I just praise God for you and what you've been doing on your radio and TV programs.

GLENN: Thank you, sir. Listen, I want to ask you this because there are very few people like you. Michele Bachmann is another one that's willing to step out and get, you know, just walk into the buzz saw. Are you seeing more people now in Washington that are not playing political games? I was glad to hear you say the Republicans were just as bad before well, not just as bad but they were on the same road. They betrayed as well. Are you seeing more people here in the last couple of weeks in Washington wake up or is it the same ole, same ole?

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL BROUN: We've been gone for five weeks for this August district work period and so it's been five weeks. I'll go back to Washington actually from this town hall meeting today. I hope that the Republicans and Democrats alike are waking up. I'll give you a good example of George Bush being wrong and taking away our freedoms with the PATRIOT Act, which was disastrous as far as taking away freedom and giving the federal government intrusion in people's lives. And I was totally against that. The Republican congress under the leadership of George Bush for six years were big spenders. That's what the '06 and '08 elections were all about. They were just acting like Democrats, big government Republicans. We've got to change it. It's up to we the people getting activated and saying no to this steamroller of socialism, no to big government. In fact, I talked to a guy the other day and he said that the federal government has two jobs and only two: One is to make sure that we stay secure as a nation and by protecting our borders and having a strong military. And second is just get the hell out of the way so he can run his life without all the government intrusion. And that's exactly what the federal government should be doing.

GLENN: Paul Broun from Athens, Georgia. U.S. congressman. Good to hear from you. I'd love to hear what happened at your town hall meeting. If it gets ugly, let us know, will you? Thanks, congressman, appreciate it.

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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