Show – March 26, 2014

Segment 1

Options in Healthcare. Liberty Health Share. Dale Bellis, Executive Director

Dale Bellis, Executive Director of Liberty Health Share, describes “an option outside traditional insurance,” whereby “control, transparency and freedom is back in the hands of the individual…” A concept of “sharing the costs” amongst those who subscribe to the program, the idea… “of  neighbor helping neighbor…” As Mr. Bellis explains, “we are not an insurance, it’s the sharing community the glue that keeps us together…In today’s climate of “anti-Religious freedom” will this type of healthcare service have more appeal with Americans? So far, there are 150,000 Americans throughout the United States who participate in some sort of Healthcare Sharing, sharing as well what Mr. Bellis calls the “Core Beliefs…”  ( as delineated in the US Constitution!) Mr. Bellis describes the different Program Options and how the plans work…

Segment 2

Options in Healthcare. Liberty Health Share. Dale Bellis, Executive Director

Dale Bellis concludes the interview by explaining  the prerequisites  for people to join, the advantages (lowering costs all-around)  and  answers the questions critical to such programs.  He also describes   real life stories and the successes of the program. For more information, visit the website www.libertyhealthshare.org

Segment 3

Education. State Education Trends. Andrew J. Coulson, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

Dr. Coulson, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, a non-profit, non- partisan public policy research organization speaks of his recently released study on “State Education Trends” and the controversial findings…the “flat” academic performance of public high school students  in all 50 States from 1972-2012 despite the 120% – 200% increase in  government funding over the years  taking into consideration demographics and other factors… Responsibilities…from the Government to politicians…, stating that “what our officials have been doing (for 2 generations!) has not been effective.” Dr. Coulson points to the fact that “there is no correlation between spending and performance…” giving examples.   In his Report, Dr. Coulson uses the “SAT score averages for factors such as participation rate and student demographics, which are known to affect outcomes, then validates the results against recent state-level National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. This produces continuous, state-representative estimated SAT score trends reaching back to 1972. The present paper charts these trends against both inflation-adjusted per pupil spending and the raw, unadjusted SAT results, providing an unprecedented perspective on American education inputs and outcomes over the past 40 years…”

Segment 4

Education Reform. “State Education Trends.” Andrew J. Coulson, Director, Cato Institute

Dr. Coulson concludes the interview by explaining what can be done to rectify the stagnation in education, advocating  “choice for parents, freedom and incentives for educators, freedoms for entrepreneurs” with the goal of  …  “serving children in schools.”  Dr. Coulson points to  entrepreneurial examples, like Korea, where a teacher has used the Internet to deliver  lessons to more than 150,000 followers , and making more than $20Million years over a 10 year period charging minimal fees…

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