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Lanhee Chen: Democrats Push Single-Payer Health Care Plan

Democrats this week are holding a hearing to discuss legislation that would impose a single-payer, government-run health care system on every American.

Not only do they want to take away the health care you have and like, but they want to put government bureaucrats in charge of your medical decisions—all while putting an end to the innovation and dynamism that has made the American health care system the finest in the world.

They claim it will save money and improve service, but the only thing it will actually increase are taxes and wait times for quality care. They also claim it will make things easier for Americans, but when’s the last time you had an “easier” experience when dealing with the DMV or another government agency?

The better course is to introduce more choice, competition, and transparency into our health care system. That will lower cost and expand access to care for more Americans.

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Michael Medved: Gratitude Is Good for Your Health—and the Nation’s

New research in the health sciences indicates that making a point of regularly expressing gratitude can bring numerous benefits in physical and emotional health.

Robert Emmons, psychology professor at University of California-Davis, declares that “gratitude enhances performance in every domain that’s been examined, psychological, relational, emotional, physical.”

Asking research subjects to regularly write down reasons for thankfulness in a daily “gratitude journal” appears to bring immediate results; a study at University College London showed better sleep quality and lower blood pressure after just two weeks of keeping gratitude journals.

With the nation painfully afflicted by an epidemic of “deaths of despair” involving suicides, drug overdoses and alcoholism, thankfulness may provide a promising antidote, offering an alternative to our current culture of complaint, competitive victimization and indulgent self-pity. Taking time for thankfulness may be good for your health—and the nation’s.

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David Davenport: Impeachment Is an Extraordinary Remedy

In the first 175 years of the nation, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now in the last 57 years, it’s impeached two, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and it may be ready to impeach a third.

Why the rise in impeachments? Because we forget that impeachment is extraordinary. The normal way to remove a president is by the people through elections. The extraordinary way is impeachment, with its Constitutional requirement of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Lacking political patience, we threaten to make the extraordinary now ordinary.

Politics is an ugly business. Quid pro quos in foreign policy? They doubtless happen more than we think and, if we don’t like them, we have a chance to cast our vote in one year. But a case of high crimes and misdemeanors demanding an extraordinary remedy?

I think not.

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