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Lanhee Chen: 2020: A Contest Between Socialism and Capitalism

Twenty of the Democrats vying to be our next President finished two nights of debates, where it became very clear that the energy of the party was behind policies that would push America to the far left—making the Democrats of the past look like conservatives.

Several leading Democrats—including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—endorsed single-payer health care plans that would kick over 160 million Americans off the private health coverage they currently have and enjoy. Still others, like Julian Castro and Cory Booker, called for decriminalizing the act of crossing the U.S. border without authorization. And Warren led the charge for a multi-trillion dollar plan to forgive student debt.

Meanwhile, President Trump is gleefully waiting—essentially unopposed—to run against one of these Democrats next year. He’ll make the election a contest between socialism and capitalism. And I have a pretty good idea of which side of that argument will emerge victorious.

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Lanhee Chen: The Green New Deal Presents Americans With a Choice

Some in the mainstream media have tried to marginalize the Green New Deal, characterizing it as only relevant to a few politicians on the far left.

The reality is very different.  The Green New Deal has become the policy manifesto for many prominent Democrats—including most of the leading candidates for president in 2020.

Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have all embraced the Green New Deal as their own because they’re politicians, they understand they cannot secure the presidential nomination for the Democrats if they don’t court and cater to the progressive left.

But, in so doing, they’ve handed President Trump a big gift. He’ll be able to frame the upcoming election as a fundamental choice between historic American free enterprise and policies that verge toward centralized decision-making, more government control, and, yes, socialism.

That’s an easy choice for the American people to make.

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Lanhee Chen: Kamala Harris Wants to Eliminate Private Health Insurance

Liberal California Senator Kamala Harris made a splash last week when she launched her campaign for president.  The signature idea she plans to run on?  A single-payer, government-run health care system called Medicare-for-all.

It all sounds great until you realize what it means for your health care and mine.  Put simply, if you like your health care plan, say goodbye to it.  In her own words, she said of private health insurance: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

So, let’s be clear about what she means.  Medicare-for-all would take away the health care that 150 million American workers rely on, and replace it with a liberal pipe-dream that will result in the rationing of care, higher taxes, and lower the quality of care.

Our health care system is still too expensive and inaccessible for far too many Americans. But completely replacing it with a socialist-style health reform isn’t the right answer.

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Hugh Hewitt and Pete Peterson on California’s Fatal Math Problem

Hugh Hewitt and Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine Graduate School of Public Policy, discuss a range of topics including: Pacific Gas and Electric filing for bankruptcy, the connection between utility companies and wildfires,  San Diego trying to attract millennials to California, single-payer healthcare, Kamala Harris presidential campaign, California “surplus,” CA economy gripped by pensions, charter schools, and fire insurance collapse.

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