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Lanhee Chen: There Is No Such Thing as “Free Health Care”

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has now lost whatever slim chance she had of becoming President. In the first debate between Democratic Party presidential candidates, Warren endorsed the idea of taking away private health insurance from every American who has it, and replacing it with a socialist-style, one-size-fits-all government-run health plan.

Warren will sell her plan for a government takeover of the U.S. health care system as giving more Americans “free health care,” but we all know there’s no such thing. Her ideas would not only be incredibly disruptive to hundreds of millions of Americans, but it could also limit access to doctors and care, slow medical innovation and raise taxes significantly for many across the country.

We shouldn’t be surprised that Elizabeth Warren is embracing socialist-style policies. It’s all part of the leftward lurch of Democrats seeking the presidency. The only question is who will choose to join her next.

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Lanhee Chen: The Leftward Lurch Continues

The leftward lurch of the Democratic contenders for the presidency continues. The latest idea? California Senator Kamala Harris has called for repeal of the Trump tax cuts. Not some of them. Or just the “tax cuts for the rich.” But all of them.

Millions of middle-income families have benefited from these tax cuts. And our economy is zooming, while unemployment is low and wages are rising. Repealing the Trump tax cuts would imperil the economic progress that we’ve made over the last several years, slowing job creation and threatening to put us back into economic malaise.

Democrats want to raise taxes to pay for their costly social spending plans, like free college tuition and government-run health care. But the tax hikes they are proposing won’t pay for even a fraction of their plans. And their policy proposals look a lot less attractive when you dig beneath the surface.

It’s up to all of us, the voters, to hold them accountable.

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Lanhee Chen: Medicare-For-All Myths

This is Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution for townhall.com.

Bernie Sanders and his lefty friends are at it again. He’s reintroduced legislation to create a socialist-style takeover of our health care called Medicare-for-all.

Make no mistake: It would do just as much damage to our health care as would previous efforts to install a single-payer system.  Here are the facts:

• First, Medicare-for-all would cost tens of trillions of dollars on top of what the federal government already spends on health care. Even much higher taxes on every American worker wouldn’t pay for the socialist-style system that Sanders envisions.

• Second, Medicare-for-all would mean that many Americans would have to give up the health insurance coverage they currently have.  Like your plan today? Get ready to say goodbye to it.

• Finally, Medicare-for-all could compromise the existing care that our seniors on Medicare already receive by making it harder to gain access to the doctors and hospitals they trust.

Sanders and his allies have a way of making the awful sound great.

Don’t get fooled.

I’m Lanhee Chen.

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Lanhee Chen: After Mueller: A Look at the 2020 Election

President Trump faces a much clearer pathway to reelection in 2020 now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s found no evidence that the President or the Trump campaign colluded with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

President Trump’s task ahead is to focus his reelection effort on the reasons why voters should give him a second term in office.  And while Democrats continue to obsess over Trump and his alleged misdeeds, it’s up to the President and his team to focus instead on the ways in which they’ve improved the livelihoods of the American people with tangible policy accomplishments.

The President spearheaded tax cuts that have helped many Americans keep more of their hard-earned money; his Administration has cut regulatory burdens and red tape to spur economic growth; and he has appointed judges to federal courts who respect the rule of law and the Constitution.

If President Trump can keep his rhetoric—and his focus—on touting these accomplishments, he’ll go a long way toward winning four more years in the Oval Office.

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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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Democrats Press Green New Deal While Socialism Breaks Venezuela

Townhall Review with Hugh Hewitt – February 16, 2019

Larry Elder looks at the trend toward socialism with a closer look at his home state, California. Sebastian Gorka talks with Lanhee Chen about the Green New Deal. Hugh Hewitt asks Senator Tom Cotton if his Congressional colleagues knew what they were doing when they endorsed the Green New Deal. Hugh Hewitt and retired Admiral James Stavridis, former head of the Southern Command, talk about what’s happening in Venezuela. Mike Gallagher talks with Texas state legislator Tan Parker about his efforts to combat the growing late-term abortion movement. Dennis Prager asks National Review’s Kyle Smith of the alleged attempted lynching of actor Jussie Smollet is real…or a hoax. Dennis Prager and economist Alex Epstein talk industrial progress and how the New Green Deal could reverse the progress. Dennis Prager asks Focus on the Family CEO Jim Daly about their efforts to counter the threat to life in the wake of the pro-abortion avalanche.

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