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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: December 13, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/McCaughey.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 115px;\" /></p>\n<p>House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Donald Trump without evidence of any crime. On Tuesday, they announced two articles of impeachment based on a new, rigged definition of an impeachable offense. They claim Congress can impeach a president who &ldquo;ignored and injured the interests of the Nation&rdquo; even if he hasn&rsquo;t violated any law.</p>\n<p> THAT&rsquo;S a dangerously vague standard. After all, who&rsquo;s to say what&rsquo;s in the national interest? Democrats and Republicans always disagree about that. That&rsquo;s why we have elections.<br />\n To back up their charges, House Dems issued a 300-page impeachment report, written by Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff. The report plays tricks to frame Trump and damage his reelectability while bending over backward to inoculate Joe Biden from accusations of foreign scandals. This isn&rsquo;t a fact-finding report. It&rsquo;s a Democratic campaign plan. Dems cannot undo 2016, but they&rsquo;re determined to rig 2020. Tellingly, it treats Joe Biden as if he&rsquo;s already got the nomination.<br />\n Lacking a crime, Schiff resorts to an abusive prosecutor&rsquo;s trick: obstruction of justice charges. The report shows Schiff&rsquo;s the one hiding evidence.<br />\n The impeachment focuses on Trump&rsquo;s July 25 call asking Ukraine&rsquo;s president for a favor: Help the U.S. investigate Ukrainian tampering with the 2016 election and Biden&rsquo;s role, as vice president, getting a prosecutor there fired while Hunter Biden was on the payroll of a company possibly under investigation.<br />\n Trump didn&rsquo;t say military aid depended on the investigations, but Democrats claim it did. Schiff&rsquo;s report comes up with zero evidence of that.<br />\n The Committee grilled 18 witnesses. Only one, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, had first-hand knowledge of whether Trump intended a quid pro quo for aid. Sondland said Trump was &ldquo;crystal clear&rdquo; that aid did not hinge on investigations. Schiff dismisses that as a &ldquo;false exculpatory&rdquo; on page 24.<br />\n Instead, Schiff inflates testimony from disgruntled diplomats and National Security aide Tim Morrison. They never talked to Trump, but heard rumors aid was delayed waiting for Ukraine to act. They &ldquo;believed&rdquo; or had an &ldquo;understanding&rdquo; of it. Slippery words, on page 134, that Schiff tries to pawn off as evidence.<br />\n Lacking proof, Schiff charges obstruction. He implies, on page 107, that Trump hid the transcript of the July 25 call on a highly classified server. Nonsense. Morrison and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman both testified the call record ended up there by mistake. And when asked, Trump released it.<br />\n Schiff also tries to nail Trump with obstruction for withholding documents and instructing White House officials not to testify, as page 217 claims. That&rsquo;s farcical.</p>\n<p> DEMOCRATS are rushing to impeach, and Schiff refuses to &ldquo;allow the White House to engage us in a lengthy game of rope-a-dope in the courts.&rdquo; But Trump&rsquo;s entitled to court review of what he has to release. The Constitution gives judges, not Schiff, final say. Trump&rsquo;s not guilty of obstruction unless he defies the courts.<br />\n It&rsquo;s Schiff who&rsquo;s thwarting justice by impeaching without key witnesses or documents.<br />\n Instead, Schiff&rsquo;s report makes exonerating Biden top priority. The 300-page report mentions the Bidens 239 times and is riddled with statements like this, on page 103: &ldquo;Multiple witnesses ... testify that they were not aware of any credible evidence to support claims that former Vice President Biden acted inappropriately.&rdquo;<br />\n Schiff&rsquo;s report has an entire section titled &ldquo;President Trump Promoted False Information About Former Vice President Joe Biden.&rdquo; All politicians badmouth rivals. What business is it of the Intelligence Committee?<br />\n Schiff insists allegations of wrongdoing by Biden &ldquo;have been discredited,&rdquo; &ldquo;lacked any basis in fact,&rdquo; &ldquo;are without merit&rdquo; and are a &ldquo;false narrative.&rdquo;<br />\n The real false narrative is about the whistleblower. On page 143, Schiff&rsquo;s report disingenuously claims first hearing about the whistleblower on Sept. 9. He also claimed that in media interviews, until the New York Times caught him in the lie. Truth is, his staff guided the whistleblower to file a complaint.<br />\n Yet Schiff refuses to surrender documents on his involvement and sees no reason to testify in a Senate trial. Without the whistleblower, there would be no impeachment. Did Schiff orchestrate a phony scandal, once the Mueller investigation led nowhere? It&rsquo;s alarming to hear Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, speculate that perhaps witnesses are not needed. And Senator Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., express reluctance to compel a House member to testify. The nation needs to know.</p>\n<p> TRUMP&rsquo;S already gotten a raw deal in the House. He deserves fairness in the Senate.</p>\n', created = 1576399037, expire = 1576485437, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:622bda71d4c88fc65a46d158a07a328f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: October 30, 2019</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the secret impeachment hearings in the Capitol basement as &ldquo;a totally compromised kangaroo court.&rdquo; Sounds like Speaker Nancy Pelosi got the message. On Monday, she announced the full House will vote to formally launch impeachment proceedings, which will be out in the open instead of in the dark.</p>\n<p> UNTIL NOW, Democrats have been trying to trick the public into believing they&rsquo;ve got the goods on Trump. But the truth is, none of the witnesses they&rsquo;ve called so far have had any firsthand knowledge of presidential wrongdoing.<br />\n Behind closed doors and with no press allowed, House Democrats have tried to put on the appearance of a legal proceeding. At the end of each session, they leak to the press what they claim happened. The media are all too willing to play along, printing the Democratic pols&rsquo; claims as if they were fact. &ldquo;Powerful testimony from multiple state and national security officials,&rdquo; the Hill reports, adding up to a &ldquo;scathing picture of Trump and his allies withholding nearly $400 million in security aid from Ukraine.&rdquo;<br />\n Politico called Ukrainian Ambassador Bill Taylor&rsquo;s testimony &ldquo;explosive,&rdquo; though Taylor&rsquo;s prepared statement merely regurgitated what other State Department minions had told him. His source was the rumor mill. In law, it&rsquo;s called hearsay.<br />\n The New York Times reports &ldquo;a rapidly moving investigation securing damning testimony.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s hardly the case. But soon the jig will be up. Regardless of how many &ldquo;witnesses&rdquo; the Dems parade into the Capitol hearing, it won&rsquo;t matter if they have no firsthand knowledge. Even the Times concedes that to impeach a president, the House needs proof &ldquo;tying him directly&rdquo; to wrongdoing.<br />\n Before Pelosi&rsquo;s announcement on Monday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who&rsquo;s overseeing the secret hearings, gave up on calling witnesses who have direct, firsthand working relationships with Trump and can attest to what the president has said and done.</p>\n<p> SCHIFF CAVED after a key witness actually challenged the committee&rsquo;s subpoena as illegitimate and said see you in court. Charles Kupperman, former deputy national security adviser &mdash; and one of the few people who was on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Ukrainian president &mdash; filed a lawsuit, arguing that the House committee can&rsquo;t compel testimony for an impeachment until the full House has voted to authorize subpoenas for that purpose. That, of course, is the vote Pelosi was dodging.<br />\n &ldquo;We are not willing to allow the White House to engage us in a lengthy game of rope-a-dope with the courts,&rdquo; Schiff said. Translation: Dems don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;d win in the highest court.<br />\n They also don&rsquo;t want to risk dragging the inquiry on for months, as they did with the Mueller investigation. Better to ram anything through. After all, without evidence of grave wrongdoing, the Republican-controlled Senate won&rsquo;t remove this president from office. But Dems have one goal: to impeach Trump, damaging him enough to tip the 2020 election.<br />\n Schiff&rsquo;s cynical decision not to meet Kupperman in court indicates he&rsquo;s also not going to press for testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry or former National Security Adviser John Bolton &mdash; advisers who actually know the facts about Trump&rsquo;s dealings with Ukraine. Additional witnesses are scheduled to appear before Schiff&rsquo;s committee later this week. But they&rsquo;ll likely offer more of the same, predicts Mark Meadows, R-N.C., an Intelligence Committee member witnessing the charade. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always people who talked to people who have talked to other people who think that he might have meant this,&rdquo; says Meadows.<br />\n Meanwhile, Trump released the transcript of his July 25 call with the Ukrainian president. He didn&rsquo;t have to. If there&rsquo;s any kind of presidential communication that&rsquo;s legally protected, it&rsquo;s conversation between two heads of state. Even so, Democrats and their media allies claim the call is damning evidence of a quid pro quo. All you have to do to see that that&rsquo;s false is read the words yourself.</p>\n<p> THE PUBLIC&rsquo;S not stupid, and Pelosi is a far better politician than Schiff. Polls show fewer than half of voters support impeachment in key swing states like Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan. These are states Trump won in 2016, and Pelosi has been reluctant to put Democratic members from these states on the spot. But Trump&rsquo;s&nbsp; called her bluff. Now the Democrats will have to put up or shut up.</p>\n', created = 1576399038, expire = 1576485438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:56e37692afd790e00a173f81f1b92230' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>STATE DEPARTMENT: October 23, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/McCaughey.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 115px;\" /></p>\n<p>House Democrats are grilling a stream of disgruntled career diplomats in a basement hearing room of the Capitol. The hearings are supposed to be secret, but &mdash; no surprise &mdash; Democrats leak snippets of the testimony daily. They&rsquo;re hoping it will add up to a case for impeaching President Donald Trump.</p>\n<p> SO FAR, all the testimony actually proves is that these State Department diplomats think they &mdash; not President Trump &mdash; ought to be running the nation&rsquo;s foreign policy.&nbsp;<br />\n &nbsp;Never mind executive privilege or impeachment. The most pressing constitutional issue at hand is who decides the nation&rsquo;s foreign policy: the president or the permanent bureaucracy.<br />\n House Democrats are accusing Trump of offering Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a quid pro quo: dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for nearly $400 million in aid. Trump&rsquo;s July 25 phone call with Zelensky is the subject of the hearings, but these witnesses have no firsthand knowledge of the call.<br />\n Instead, they&rsquo;re whimpering about being sidelined by the Trump administration and objecting that top ambassadorial appointments are going to Trump&rsquo;s friends instead of to them. They&rsquo;re seething with disdain for the president.<br />\n For example, a deputy assistant secretary named George Kent, who testified on Oct. 15, complained he was cut out of important decisions. Boohoo. Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., leaked Kent&rsquo;s testimony, saying &ldquo;here is a senior state department official responsible for six countries&rdquo; being ignored, while he watches Trump&rsquo;s appointees &ldquo;undermining 28 years of U.S. policy.&rdquo;<br />\n William Taylor, acting Ukrainian ambassador who testified Tuesday, seethed with indignation that Trump went &ldquo;outside regular State Department channels.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, described what&rsquo;s happening: &ldquo;A group of mostly career bureaucrats&rdquo; refuse to accept that &ldquo;elections have consequences. And foreign policy is going to change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration.&rdquo;<br />\n The State Department insurrection spans embassies across the globe.<br />\n On Aug. 8, Chuck Park, a 10-year foreign service officer stationed in Mexico, penned a vitriolic public resignation for the Washington Post, condemning Trump for carrying out &ldquo;mass deportations,&rdquo; failing &ldquo;dreamers&rdquo; and pursuing a &ldquo;toxic agenda around the world.&rdquo; He publicly accused the president of &ldquo;naked cruelty.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> TWO WEEKS later, Bethany Milton, a pro-immigration advocate and state department official stationed in Rwanda, announced her resignation in the New York Times, scathingly labeling Trump&rsquo;s foreign policy &ldquo;small-minded chauvinism.&rdquo;<br />\n Good riddance to Milton and Park. Resigning is what diplomats should do when they are fundamentally at odds with the administration&rsquo;s foreign policy approach. Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for bureaucrats intent on sabotaging the president. No one elected them.<br />\n Predictably, the foreign policy establishment disagrees. William J. Burns, who capped his career as deputy secretary of state for President Barack Obama, argues that State Department careerists should be in charge, not the president and his appointees.<br />\n But these career diplomats favor globalism, open borders and huge American handouts to multinational organizations and third-world nations. The public elected Trump to implement the opposite &mdash; an America First agenda. Trump must wrest control to achieve that.<br />\n Fifty years ago, Henry Kissinger understood that the diplomatic bureaucracy was biased against President Richard Nixon&rsquo;s foreign policy goals. As national security adviser, Kissinger pulled control of diplomacy into the White House, inciting resentment and pushback from the State Department.<br />\n Again, in 2003, Newt Gingrich warned that State Department bureaucrats were engaging in &ldquo;a deliberate and systematic effort&rdquo; to undermine President George W. Bush.&nbsp;<br />\n It&rsquo;s happening again. The bureaucrats are slithering up to Capitol Hill to complain about President Trump. History reminds us what&rsquo;s actually going on here.<br />\n On Monday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a &ldquo;fact sheet&rdquo; about Trump&rsquo;s alleged impeachable offense. It provides no damning evidence, just speculation.&nbsp;<br />\n On Tuesday, Taylor told the hearing that another diplomat, Gordon Sondland, had informed him there was a price for military aid. But Sondland denies that, insisting the president made it clear there was no quid pro quo.<br />\n Too bad for the impeachment-hungry Dems and their sympathetic allies from the State Department.</p>\n<p> DISAGREEING with the foreign-policy elites is not an impeachable offense. In fact, millions of Americans are cheering Trump on.</p>\n', created = 1576399038, expire = 1576485438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:33a7c0e168253b510f97636237e02a5e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMMIGRATION: October 16, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/McCaughey.gif\" /></p>\n<p>President Donald Trump&rsquo;s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed on Friday by three federal judges. Their decisions, blocking Trump&rsquo;s rule from going into effect, are wins for Democrats and immigration lobbyists. America&rsquo;s poor are the losers. Our country needs to take care of its own needy first.</p>\n<p> TRUMP&rsquo;S proposed rule would make it harder for immigrants who use welfare to qualify for green cards and permanent residence, and it would give preference to immigrants who fend for themselves. The rule would also require visa applicants to show they won&rsquo;t use welfare if they&rsquo;re let in the country. Manhattan federal Judge George Daniels blasted Trump&rsquo;s proposed rule as an &ldquo;exclusion in search of a justification,&rdquo; implying it was a racist ploy to keep out foreigners.<br />\n Judge Daniels has his facts wrong. There are already over 300,000 families in New York languishing on Housing Authority waitlists and over 4 million people nationwide waiting for public housing or housing vouchers. Some suffer in squalor on the street. Welcoming more people into this country who can&rsquo;t keep a roof over their head without public assistance is insanity.<br />\n Public opinion is on the president&rsquo;s side, according to a Harvard/Harris poll. Sixty percent of voters agree that immigrants who are likely to rely heavily on welfare instead of supporting themselves should be denied permanent residence. That&rsquo;s what Trump&rsquo;s rule boils down to.<br />\n Judge Daniels mistakenly claims there&rsquo;s &ldquo;absolutely no support in the history of U.S. immigration law&rdquo; for it. Daniels needs a refresher course. In 1882, as immigration soared, Congress voted to exclude &ldquo;any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.&rdquo; That law is still on the books. In 1999, President Bill Clinton redefined &ldquo;public charge&rdquo; to include only those receiving cash welfare payments, not health care, food stamps or housing help &mdash; a distinction without a difference, as these giveaways use taxpayers&rsquo; cash.</p>\n<p> CLINTON&rsquo;S RULE contradicts American values, not Trump&rsquo;s.<br />\n University of California President Janet Napolitano slammed Trump&rsquo;s rule for discouraging foreign students from using food stamps and housing assistance. Napolitano says the rule makes it harder for &ldquo;the best and brightest&rdquo; from other countries to study here. Shouldn&rsquo;t taxpayers&rsquo; dollars be reserved for our own best and brightest?<br />\n National Academy of Sciences research shows that the average first-generation immigrant costs state and local government $1,600 per year, including public education and safety net programs, minus taxes paid. Newcomers who don&rsquo;t use safety net programs cost less, benefiting taxpayers. Yet New York Attorney General Letitia James took the lead challenging Trump&rsquo;s rule. It makes you wonder whom she&rsquo;s serving &mdash; definitely not taxpayers.<br />\n Fortunately, Friday&rsquo;s decisions almost certainly will be reversed on appeal. Meanwhile, Trump has announced another immigration rule &mdash; this one to correct an outrage that gives immigrants a better deal on health insurance than U.S. citizens get.<br />\n The Affordable Care Act allows legal newcomers to enroll in ObamaCare on arrival &mdash; no waiting. If they&rsquo;re poor, they get a free ride, including Uncle Sam picking up their copays and deductibles. Even immigrants over age 65 get this deal &mdash; an invitation to bring over ailing Grandma.<br />\n No such cushy deal for Americans. In 14 states, 2 million who don&rsquo;t qualify for Medicaid because they earn too much also don&rsquo;t qualify for ObamaCare because they earn too little. Because they&rsquo;re American, they&rsquo;re caught in the middle and get nothing &mdash; no insurance. If they were immigrants, they could enroll in ObamaCare. The rules for immigrants are more lenient.<br />\n Here&rsquo;s another outrage: Some 2.5 million middle-class people dropped ObamaCare because they couldn&rsquo;t afford it. While they remain uninsured, their tax dollars are buying plans for noncitizens.<br />\n As global migration soars, nearly every developed country has adopted rules requiring immigrants to be self-sufficient. Denmark, Germany and Austria bar them from using welfare. Finland and Belgium require proof of employment.</p>\n<p> BUT HERE, Democrats oppose any limits on immigration, tarring those who disagree as &ldquo;racists.&rdquo; That name-calling divides the nation. We need a civil debate over how to welcome migrants to keep our economy growing yet still put our own needy first.</p>\n', created = 1576399038, expire = 1576485438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:dd16bf44d53ba3609a06f8147285cb1b' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HEALTHCARE: October 9, 2019</p>\n<p>Whether you live in New York, California or the heartland in between, you depend on state government to ensure your hospital is safe. After all, when you&rsquo;re a patient, your life is on the line. But state health departments have become captives of the health care industry because of huge campaign contributions and lobbying. What&rsquo;s happening in New York state is one outrageous example.</p>\n<p> YEAR AFTER year, New Yorkers endure hospitals with infection rates worse than the national average. Why? Because the Greater New York Hospital Association and other trade groups for the industry write huge checks to Albany politicians.<br />\n Overall, hospitals in New York are among the worst in the nation, according to Medicare data. Forty-eight hospitals get a rock-bottom, one-star rating.<br />\n State health bureaucrats and their boss, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sell out to the highest bidder. Patient advocates pushing for cleaner hospitals and better care don&rsquo;t stand a chance when the hospital industry greases the palms of state officials.<br />\n Greater New York has given more than $5 million to state political parties since 2014 and millions more to political action committees for specific candidates. Call it what it is: bribery. Not to mention the staggering $48 million a year the health care industry in New York spends on lobbying to get politicians&rsquo; attention.<br />\n The politicians constantly up the ante. In August 2018, as Cuomo battled a primary challenger, his campaign literally called on the Greater New York Hospital Association to give more. In response, the association donated over $1 million to a Democratic party account controlled by the governor. The quid pro quo? For starters, hiking the state&rsquo;s Medicaid reimbursement rate to $140 million for hospitals.<br />\n Hospitals make out like bandits, and so does the Greater New York Hospital Association&rsquo;s president, Kenneth Raske, who&rsquo;s paid an obscene $8 million a year. For what? Not inventing a cure or treating patients. Just twisting politicians&rsquo; arms. Raske&rsquo;s often seated at the governor&rsquo;s table at fundraisers.</p>\n<p> NO WONDER state officials do the hospital industry&rsquo;s bidding. The latest offense is the health department&rsquo;s refusal to disclose which hospitals have been invaded by Candida auris, a new killer superbug. All hospitals struggle with infections, but this is the deadliest. A staggering 45% of hospital patients who contract it die within 90 days.<br />\n Once Candida auris enters a hospital, it spreads invisibly, contaminating floors, curtains, beds, doorknobs and medical equipment. It gets on other patients&rsquo; skin, making them carriers. New research unveiled last week by the Infectious Disease Society of America documents how one infected patient at a Southern California facility led to 180 other patients becoming carriers of the germ.<br />\n You don&rsquo;t want to be in a hospital room where a previous patient had it. Patients choosing a hospital would want to avoid it.<br />\n Yet despite requests from patient advocates and media, state officials refuse to reveal which hospitals are affected. The nonprofit Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths filed a Freedom of Information Law request in May and got nowhere.<br />\n The same is true in the other states most affected: Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland and Texas. States release data annually on which hospitals have staph and other routine infections. But not for Candida auris. State health officials seem more worried about Candida auris killing hospital business than killing you.<br />\n In May, staff from 60 New York and greater New York area hospitals met with state health officials about the alarming spread. Brad Hutton, Department of Health deputy commissioner, warned, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re at a point where our response strategy needs to change.&rdquo; Then came foot-dragging. The Greater New York Hospital Association&rsquo;s Zeynep Sumer King said hospitals raised concerns at the meeting about changes they&rsquo;re being asked to make. Months later, they&rsquo;re still dithering over the strategy and whether it will be mandated or voluntary.</p>\n<p> MEANWHILE, patients die, the superbug spreads, and the public is kept in the dark. In state capitols all across the nation, money talks.</p>\n', created = 1576399038, expire = 1576485438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:32d5dda468e515d91433becd2b87d7be' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HEALTHCARE: October 4, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/McCaughey.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 115px;\" /></p>\n<p>Employer-provided health plans now cost a gigantic $20,576 a year for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Technically, the employer pays most of it, but labor costs are labor costs. The more that&rsquo;s spent on benefits the less can go to wages.</p>\n<p> IN REALITY, it&rsquo;s $20,000 out of every worker&rsquo;s pocket &mdash; money that could have bought a subcompact car or upgraded a kitchen.<br />\n It&rsquo;s a big problem. A staggering 156 million people &mdash; half the nation &mdash; get coverage through workplace plans, compared with 11 million enrolled in Obamacare.<br />\n The No. 1 reason health costs are soaring: obesity and obesity-linked diseases. An obese adult uses 42% more health care than a healthy-weight adult. A morbidly obese adult uses 81% more. Never mind that you watch what you eat and take care of yourself. Health insurance isn&rsquo;t sold by the pound. When co-workers and their family members need huge amounts of health care, their extra costs are shifted onto you.<br />\n The Democrats running for president aren&rsquo;t leveling with you about the causes of the cost crisis. They don&rsquo;t want to be accused of &ldquo;fat shaming.&rdquo; Here&rsquo;s the reality:<br />\n Health spending is soaring all across the developed world &mdash; even in countries with socialized medicine, Sen. Sanders. Everywhere, obesity and obesity-related diseases are largely to blame. Nothing will tame costs that doesn&rsquo;t address this issue.<br />\n Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer and the disease that&rsquo;s busting the health care piggy bank, Type 2 diabetes.<br />\n Diabetes costs shot up from $21 billion to $90 billion in the last 20 years. Heart disease still costs more, but diabetes is growing faster and will soon overtake it &mdash; unless Americans change their behavior.<br />\n This nation educated the public about smoking and convinced millions to stop. We can do it again to combat reckless, self-destructive eating.<br />\n Some people are obese due to genetic reasons, lack access to healthy food or other underlying conditions. But for most, it&rsquo;s poor eating choices.<br />\n In the meantime, generally healthy people who take care of themselves are getting overcharged to pay for co-workers and family members with high health costs. Here&rsquo;s how to fix that.</p>\n<p> THE AVERAGE American consumes $11,000 a year in health care. But averages obscure the truth. A tiny 5% of the population consumes 50% of the health care. Charging everyone the same for health care coverage is a rip-off for the healthy.<br />\n After all, how many families with employer-provided coverage actually use $20,000 worth of health care a year?<br />\n The way to correct this unjust situation without abandoning the obese and chronically ill is for government to reimburse insurers or employers for the highest-cost patients. It&rsquo;s called reinsurance.<br />\n Reinsurance is already driving down premiums in the individual insurance market. Obamacare became unaffordable mostly because the law forced all consumers to pay the same, regardless of their health. For the healthy, it&rsquo;s sheer extortion.&nbsp;<br />\n The Trump administration stepped in to help states fix that unfairness and reduce Obamacare premiums using reinsurance. Seven states (Alaska, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin) have lowered premiums by 20% the first year, on average, according to Avalere consultants. You wouldn&rsquo;t know that, hearing the claims that Trump is sabotaging Obamacare.<br />\n People with preexisting conditions are still covered, but their costs are not borne by premium payers. Four more states are launching reinsurance now. It&rsquo;s being embraced in states led by Democrats as well as Republicans. It works.<br />\n Paying directly for high-cost patients is smarter than subsidizing the healthy majority to overpay for insurance.<br />\n The same reinsurance model can be used nationwide to rescue workers from the exploding cost of on-the-job coverage. Premiums will come down, resulting in more take-home pay and fairness. Reinsurance can be funded by repealing the brutal 40% &ldquo;Cadillac&rdquo; tax on expensive health plans and replacing it with a much gentler cap on the deductibility of those plans instead.</p>\n<p> THAT&rsquo;S THE legislative fix. But in the long run, Americans need to get control of their expanding waistlines. Polls won&rsquo;t say that, of course. Too many chubby voters.</p>\n', created = 1576399038, expire = 1576485438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7a5fb255f34b47c22967b9ee484e5e9c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Betsy McCaughey

12/15/2019 - 1:51am
IMPEACHMENT: December 13, 2019 House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Donald Trump without evidence of any crime. On Tuesday, they announced two articles of impeachment based on a new, rigged definition of an impeachable offense. They claim Congress can impeach a president who “ignored and injured the interests of the Nation” even if he hasn’t violated any law....
11/03/2019 - 8:30pm
IMPEACHMENT: October 30, 2019   President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the secret impeachment hearings in the Capitol basement as “a totally compromised kangaroo court.” Sounds like Speaker Nancy Pelosi got the message. On Monday, she announced the full House will vote to formally launch impeachment proceedings, which will...
10/29/2019 - 9:13pm
STATE DEPARTMENT: October 23, 2019 House Democrats are grilling a stream of disgruntled career diplomats in a basement hearing room of the Capitol. The hearings are supposed to be secret, but — no surprise — Democrats leak snippets of the testimony daily. They’re hoping it will add up to a case for impeaching President Donald...
10/18/2019 - 7:12pm
IMMIGRATION: October 16, 2019 President Donald Trump’s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed on Friday by three federal judges. Their decisions, blocking Trump’s rule from going into effect, are wins for Democrats...
10/14/2019 - 4:55pm
HEALTHCARE: October 9, 2019 Whether you live in New York, California or the heartland in between, you depend on state government to ensure your hospital is safe. After all, when you’re a patient, your life is on the line. But state health departments have become captives of the health care industry because of huge campaign contributions and...
10/05/2019 - 11:06pm
HEALTHCARE: October 4, 2019 Employer-provided health plans now cost a gigantic $20,576 a year for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Technically, the employer pays most of it, but labor costs are labor costs. The more that’s spent on benefits the less can go to wages. IN REALITY, it’s $20,000 out of every...
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