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David Davenport: What’s at Stake in the 2018 Elections


435 House and 33 Senate seats.  36 governorships.  6,665 state offices and tens of thousands of local ones.  And you ask what’s at stake in the 2018 elections?

There’s more: important ballot measures like the gas tax in California, carbon emissions in Washington, Medicaid expansion and voting rights.

Beyond the direct effects of your vote lie other questions.  If we split the House and Senate, will anything be passed in the next two years?  Even though Donald Trump is not on the ballot, this election will largely be a referendum on his performance.

It’s embarrassing but, according to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout in the U.S. is only 26th out of 32 democratic countries.

Isn’t there enough at stake for you to vote?  Believe me, this is not a year to be disengaged.  Turn out and do your part.

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Lanhee Chen: An Opportunity For The Senate

Tax Reform

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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Hugh Hewitt: Republicans Keep Their Promise

U.S. Senate

Republicans are keeping their promise to American voters. They have introduced the American Health Care Act.

There are three main components of the AHCA that you should know about:

• First, it repeals every single one of the taxes in Obamacare. The individual mandate and medical device tax are both eliminated.

• Second, it sends Medicaid spending back to the states, and also puts a cap on Medicaid spending.

• Finally, it introduces tax credits for lower and middle income Americans to help with the cost of health care.

There are some in Congress, especially in the Freedom Caucus, who have complaints about the American Health Care Act. They must remember that the perfect must not be an enemy of the good.

There is a lot at stake here. The AHCA isn’t the only part of making this country come back. Regulation reform and tax reform are essential as well as a larger, rebuilt defense. But this is the key foundation.

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