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Lanhee Chen: Americans

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As Americans, we are drawn together by so much more than what divides us. We have a common sense of purpose and destiny. And we wake up each day knowing how blessed we are to live in this remarkable country.

Even as we are saddened by news of the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers who were wounded while doing their jobs, we recognize that we, as Americans, must be about so much more than what separates us.

We come together to celebrate the bravery of our first responders and marvel at those who place their lives on the line each day to protect the things we hold dear. And we come together, in spite of the pettiness and politics, to honor those who serve the public each day, selflessly and courageously.

Now is a time for us to rise above our differences. Now is a time to elevate the tone of our public discussions—and to remember that our fates are tied together, as Americans.

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Lanhee Chen: Single-Payer for the Golden State?

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The California State Senate recently passed legislation creating a government-run, single-payer health care system in the Golden State. The idea is so bad that even Governor Jerry Brown has expressed concerns about it.

What’s wrong with the idea?

It replaces the existing, largely private-sector system and will force people out of the health care plans they currently have. It will lead to the rationing of care and give to government the most intimate and sacred of our health care decisions. And left-wing lawmakers in California want to pay for their socialized health care system with mammoth tax increases, because the cost of their program is estimated to be more than the entirety of the state’s current budget.

Public opinion polls reveal that most Californians are actually opposed to a single-payer health system. Yet, some politicians are following the lead of left-wing demagogues like Bernie Sanders, and pursuing policies that will literally bankrupt the state. Ultimately, California’s voters are the ones who have to say that enough is enough.

Here’s to hoping that they do.

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Lanhee Chen: An Opportunity For The Senate

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The effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has now moved to the United States Senate, where our elected representatives have the important responsibility of improving upon the American Health Care Act—the reform legislation that passed the House a few weeks ago.

There will likely be disagreements between Senators over key issues, like how best to ensure access to coverage for those with preexisting health conditions; how to make health insurance more affordable for those who don’t get it through their employers or the government; and how best to reform to Medicaid, the state-federal health program targeted at low-income Americans.

These are significant issues, but Senators can and should find a way to address their differences. Getting to “yes” will likely involve compromise and movement away from an ideal position. But Senators shouldn’t allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. They have been given a golden opportunity to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms that will lower health costs.

Here’s to hoping that they don’t squander it.

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Lanhee Chen: Tax Reform Is Long Overdue

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President Trump introduced a significant tax reform proposal that will dramatically lower the business tax rate, simplify the individual tax code, and cut tax rates for many American taxpayers.

While there are still many details to be filled in, the basic contours of and principles underlying Trump’s reform plan are worth supporting.

We haven’t seen an overhaul of our tax code for over thirty years, since Ronald Reagan was president and such major change is long overdue.  And why do we need reform?  To put it simply, our tax rates are too high, the tax code is too complicated, and we have a system that disincentivizes growth and investment, two things our economy desperately needs.

The next few months will bring a lot of back-and-forth and much politicking over the president’s proposed changes to the tax code.  But Republicans and Democrats should agree that our tax system needs to be improved and modernized.  It will help American businesses compete, and American families do better.

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Lanhee Chen: Time To Deliver

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It can be tempting to try to draw far-reaching conclusions about the 2018 midterm elections from the special election results in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, where Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning the 50 percent of the vote he needed to capture the longtime conservative seat. But those midterms are more than 19 months away and a whole lot can change between now and then.

Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district didn’t appear to be punishing Republicans for their inability to repeal and replace Obamacare in late March. A single failure to do so can be attributable to “growing pains.” But a continual inability to pass into law a conservative, market-based alternative to the Affordable Care Act will have electoral consequences for Republican congressional candidates across the country.

Now it’s time for President Trump and congressional leaders like Speaker Ryan to finally deliver. Failing to do so will impact election results not just in Georgia, but across America.

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Lanhee Chen: When America Leads

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Last week, the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad likely launched a chemical weapons attack that killed over seventy of his own people and injured many others. Assad is guilty of many heinous acts against the Syrian people, which together have triggered one of the great refugee and humanitarian crises in modern history. Assad’s latest attack included the use of advanced nerve agents—its victims included numerous babies and children.

In 2012, President Obama announced that the use of chemical weapons by Assad would breach a “red line” that would trigger a U.S. military response. A year later, Assad used those weapons, and nothing happened. This was but one of the many foreign policy failures of the previous administration.

President Trump should be applauded for taking decisive action to attack the air base from which Assad launched his vicious attack. There are no easy answers in Syria, though, and it may not be the last time that America needs to exercise her military might.

But we know for sure is that the world is a better place when America leads.

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Trump: Pass AHCA Or I’m Moving On

From the story:  President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation’s health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative priorities (Washington Post). The senate is apparently more open than they’ve been given credit  (National Review). From Lanhee Chen: In a last-minute bid to ensure the success of the American Health Care Act, Republican congressional leaders and the Trump Administration are close to an agreement that would repeal one of Obamacare’s most significant regulations, its “essential health benefits” requirement. This should be welcome news for conservatives seeking repeal of the law, but it’s even better news for consumers looking for lower health insurance premiums (Fox News). A Hugh Hewitt tweet:  wo @HouseGOP lists Fri night: Those who voted w/ @POTUS @VP @SpeakerRyan @GOPLeader and those who voted w/ @NancyPelosi to keep Obamacare (Twitter).  The CBO won’t have final numbers before the vote (Washington Examiner).  But they did say the changes would add cost (USA Today).

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