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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>MEDICARE: September 20, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" style=\"width: 301px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Medicare is the new third rail of American politics, but the Democrats running for president don&rsquo;t get it.<br />\n The most significant outcome of the third Democratic debate had nothing to do with the competing candidates. It concerned the central Democratic proposal of the campaign: mandatory Medicare coverage for all.</p>\n<p> THIS PROPOSAL, which has come to define the dominant Democratic left, stands discredited after the debate. The consensus, even among Democratic candidates, is that it costs too much and will strip 150 million people of their private health insurance coverage. The more Democrats become wed to mandatory Medicare as their key issue the more they will be unacceptable to voters.<br />\n The kinder, gentler alternative &mdash; the public option, which would create a government-designed and -subsidized insurance company to compete with private firms &mdash; won&rsquo;t fare much better. It won&rsquo;t take long to figure out that, with a public subsidy, the public insurance company &mdash; the so-called public option &mdash; will out-price and out-compete the private alternatives, creating just the sort of public sector monopoly it is supposed to avoid.<br />\n But the real weakness of the Democratic proposal &mdash; and the issue that spells disaster for the party &mdash; is what Medicare for all will do to Medicare for the elderly. Giving Medicare to almost 200 million Americans will swamp the system and destroy it. Medicare for all means Medicare for none.<br />\n The reason Medicare works so well and the elderly beneficiaries love it so is that it is an entitlement program. The bureaucrats who run it are conscious of the fact that the patients it assists are stakeholders who have paid into the system for decades. When a claim is filed, someone is asking to use the money they have paid into the system during their entire working lives.<br />\n So Medicare rarely says no and usually lets doctors and patients choose their own course of care with minimal intrusion. And it normally reimburses providers very generously, usually paying about 80% as much as private insurance. So almost all doctors and hospitals gladly take Medicare.</p>\n<p> BUT IF THE system were to become saddled with more than 100 million people who may not have paid into the system (and certainly have not paid as much as a 65-year-old has), it becomes a welfare program akin to Medicaid. Instead of giving you back your own money, it taxes Peter to pay Paul.<br />\n As such, it is subject to tight restrictions and limits on what treatments will be covered and how long hospital stays can be. Typically, Medicaid reimburses only 72% of what Medicare pays for the same service. With Medicare itself covering only about 80% of the fees paid by private insurance, that comes to barely 57% of the cost.<br />\n If Medicare were to be extended to everyone, the system would have to try to dumb down reimbursement rates to save money as Medicaid does. Doctors would refuse to treat Medicare patients, and hospitals would not admit them. Even outpatient and emergency room care might be curtailed and unavailable.<br />\n And the Medicare trust fund, which is now scheduled to run out of money in seven years, would likely be broke before the president who is elected in 2020 finishes his first term. It could not handle the massive influx of new claims were the coverage extended to all Americans.<br />\n Medicare for all equals Medicare for none and Medicaid for all.</p>\n<p> POLITICALLY, the elderly will be livid at the Democrats who are willing to end Medicare as we know it. Their revenge at the polls will be a very consequential factor in the looming Democratic defeat of 2020.<br />\n Medicare is the new third rail of our politics, and none of the Democrats running for president get it.</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bc7e62a1e889d85cd8f7e4166e951fda' 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>BRETT KAVANAUGH: June 27, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just wrote the majority opinion in a landmark civil rights case, banning the use of discretionary (peremptory) challenges to keep blacks off juries. This holding is precedent-shattering. Previously, prosecutors and defense attorneys have had limitless discretion in using their peremptory challenges &mdash; until now.</p>\n<p> THE DEFENDANT in the case was Curtis Flowers, who has spent 22 years on death row.<br />\n Kavanaugh noted that, in his opinion, the prosecutor had shown his racist proclivities by using his peremptory challenges to exclude all 36 prospective black jurors over Flowers&rsquo; four trials. Before that, this same prosecutor had struck out 41 of 42 black would-be jurors. As Kavanaugh said, &ldquo;The numbers speak loudly.&rdquo;<br />\n Hopefully, liberals will realize the injustice they were doing to a great and fair judge in vilifying him during his confirmation hearings.</p>\n<p> WHILE THE Court has frequently vacated convictions &mdash; particularly on death row &mdash; because they were voted by all or largely white juries, prosecutors have never been required to state the reasons for their peremptory challenges or to have their stated rationale reviewed in court. After the Flowers decision, we hope this will change and judges in trial courts will use the powers the decision affords them to probe the motives behind such juror challenges where race might be involved.</p>\n<p> JUSTICES Clarence Thomas and recent Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch dissented from the decision, citing the overwhelming proof that Flowers, in fact, committed the murder. Mississippi, which has held six trials for Flowers, can bring a seventh prosecution if it wishes.</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:ba2df2d62ce03cbf8700ad1d64b024e7' 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>SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: June 20, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Sarah Huckabee Sanders has won the all-time prize for surviving, prospering and flourishing in Washington as a member of the Trump administration. Her tenure has been a miracle, and her ability to succeed is unparalleled.<br />\n Consider what she has accomplished: She successfully promoted and defended the president to the media even though he was the most hated incumbent chief executive &mdash; by the media &mdash; in all of American history.<br />\n She survived with her reputation for integrity and honesty in tact, never trying to ease her service by telling the media what it wanted to hear.<br />\n And all the while, she retained the backing of perhaps the most fussy president we have ever had. Nobody can match President Donald Trump&rsquo;s record for dismissing his own people. But despite this &ldquo;off with their heads&rdquo; mentality that would have shocked even Alice, Sanders stayed on top and kept Trump&rsquo;s support.<br />\n Most press secretaries are buffeted between being the president&rsquo;s ambassador to the media and the media&rsquo;s representative in dealing with the president. When the two are on a collision course, as over the years of Sanders&rsquo; tenure, the task is almost impossible. But she still managed her relationship with the president and the media, keeping the affection and support of the former and winning, at least, the respect of the latter.<br />\n She retained her levelheaded demeanor even when bated with the worst of insults. While the media was playing its role in framing the president for the hoax of Russian collusion, she stood her ground &mdash; and his. In retrospect, knowing how right she was and how wrong were her tormentors does nothing to diminish our admiration for her skill and balance.<br />\n The media wanted to flay anybody they could get their hands on who came from Trumpland. The bodies of almost a hundred public officials attest to this bloodlust. But she won the respect of the natives and navigated their animosity without losing her cool, her virtue or her integrity.</p>\n<p> UNDER FIRE for two years, Sanders has emerged intact with broad public support and honor. How she did it in front of us at the podium is amazing. How she managed dealing with this demanding president behind closed doors is even more astonishing.<br />\n Goodbye, Sarah. Godspeed.</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d4abc754911bdc1cbe7580263eb50677' 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>This Weeks Conservative Focus &hellip; Joe Biden</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" style=\"width: 301px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Last week, I said that Joe Biden had committed suicide with his restated support for the Hyde Amendment that bans Medicaid coverage for abortion. Apparently, Biden agreed, for the next day, he recanted and swore fealty to the liberal agenda by flip-flopping to oppose Hyde.<br />\n While he did avert political death by his switch, he inflicted a serious wound on his candidacy from which it may not recover.</p>\n<p> BIDEN CAN and will be savagely attacked over a host of conservative or moderate positions he has taken over the course of his 35-year career that are distinctly unfashionable when examined under the lens of today&rsquo;s progressive movement that dominates the Democratic Party.<br />\n His support for capital punishment, opposition to marijuana legalization, current disagreement with Medicare-for-All, and his past opposition to gay marriage &mdash; among many other positions &mdash; will hurt him badly in the Democratic primaries.<br />\n But worse than any of these views is the question of trust. Can the left trust him? Having flip-flopped, will he flip again?<br />\n Today&rsquo;s &ldquo;progressives&rdquo; are not likely to look kindly on an unreliable ally in the Oval Office.</p>\n<p> BIDEN WILL also have to spend time defending his past support of NAFTA, the Pacific Rim Treaty, welfare reform, and the Iraq War.</p>\n<p> His flip over abortion makes it likely that all his opponents in the late June Democratic debate will take aim at his past positions and dismiss his conversion to the left as opportunistic and undependable.<br />\n Did Biden understand the impact of his apostasy over abortion funding? Is he tone deaf? Can we expect other sour notes? His record is clearly too conservative for today&rsquo;s Democratic electorate.<br />\n The facts of the Medicaid abortion debate are far less exciting than its rhetoric. Seventeen states with a combined population of 124 million (38% of U.S. total) allow Medicaid funding for abortion that the feds will not reimburse. They include CA, N.Y., Ill., N.J., Washington state and most of the big states. So a Medicaid abortion ban is not as serious as it sounds. If liberal states get bent out of shape, they could include payment for bus fare into their states as part of their reimbursement.</p>\n<p> BUT ALL of these liberal hot-button issues will come back to haunt Biden as his rivals pile on.</p>\n<p> June 13, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:223a8065f2bc64adf8cce3ad198dfb30' 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>DEMOCRATS: June 14, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Give me a break from all the Democratic congressional posturing over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s hypothetical answer to George Stephanopoulos&rsquo; query about what he would do if a foreign power offered to give him derogatory information about his opponent in a U.S. political campaign. Some particularly crazy Democrats are using the president&rsquo;s answer &mdash; that he would look at it and might, or might not, notify the FBI &mdash; to build a case for impeachment.</p>\n<p> BUT HILLARY Clinton did exactly what Trump speculated that he might do when her campaign got a heads-up from Ukraine about what turned out to be corrupt payments from their former president Viktor Yanukovych&rsquo;s administration. In March of 2019, Ukraine&rsquo;s top prosecutor told Hill TV that &ldquo;he has opened an investigation into whether her country&rsquo;s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential election about then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in an effort to swing the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.&rdquo;<br />\n The investigation was prompted by the release of a tape quoting a top Ukrainian law enforcement official as saying that he leaked the Manafort records to help Clinton win.<br />\n It was this leak that led to the resignation of Manafort from the Trump campaign only a few months before the election.</p>\n<p> IF THIS wasn&rsquo;t foreign interference, I don&rsquo;t know what is.<br />\n Also during the 2016 election, Clinton&rsquo;s campaign enlisted the paid services of Christopher Steele, a former British MI-6 agent, to try to build a case against Trump for colluding with Russia to release her emails from her secret server. Again, the Democrats get away with conduct that their party says is grounds for impeachment when done by a Republican president.<br />\n Of course, the Democratic field will be hurt by their obsessive focus on impeachment. As any veteran or observer of the 1998 Democratic congressional campaign should realize, the Republican fixation on President Bill Clinton&rsquo;s impeachment so besmirched their party&rsquo;s image that they failed to win the congressional races that year &mdash; the first time the opposition party failed to gain in the midterm elections (it happened again in 2002).</p>\n<p> DEMOCRATS NEED to show progress on their key issues &mdash; health care, education, climate change and income inequality. If they are perceived as squandering their 2018 victory in the House races on impeachment or partisan warfare, angry voters won&rsquo;t give them another chance.</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:a9865c199f5c446c48e14f33fd3b61cd' 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>JOE BIDEN: June 13, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Morris.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Last week, I said that Joe Biden had committed suicide with his restated support for the Hyde Amendment that bans Medicaid coverage for abortion. Apparently, Biden agreed, for the next day, he recanted and swore fealty to the liberal agenda by flip-flopping to oppose Hyde.<br />\n While he did avert political death by his switch, he inflicted a serious wound on his candidacy from which it may not recover.</p>\n<p> BIDEN CAN and will be savagely attacked over a host of conservative or moderate positions he has taken over the course of his 35-year career that are distinctly unfashionable when examined under the lens of today&rsquo;s progressive movement that dominates the Democratic Party.<br />\n His support for capital punishment, opposition to marijuana legalization, current disagreement with Medicare-for-All, and his past opposition to gay marriage &mdash; among many other positions &mdash; will hurt him badly in the Democratic primaries.<br />\n But worse than any of these views is the question of trust. Can the left trust him? Having flip-flopped, will he flip again?<br />\n Today&rsquo;s &ldquo;progressives&rdquo; are not likely to look kindly on an unreliable ally in the Oval Office.</p>\n<p> BIDEN WILL also have to spend time defending his past support of NAFTA, the Pacific Rim Treaty, welfare reform, and the Iraq War.<br />\n His flip over abortion makes it likely that all his opponents in the late June Democratic debate will take aim at his past positions and dismiss his conversion to the left as opportunistic and undependable.<br />\n Did Biden understand the impact of his apostasy over abortion funding? Is he tone deaf? Can we expect other sour notes? His record is clearly too conservative for today&rsquo;s Democratic electorate.<br />\n The facts of the Medicaid abortion debate are far less exciting than its rhetoric. Seventeen states with a combined population of 124 million (38% of U.S. total) allow Medicaid funding for abortion that the feds will not reimburse. They include CA, N.Y., Ill., N.J., Washington state and most of the big states. So a Medicaid abortion ban is not as serious as it sounds. If liberal states get bent out of shape, they could include payment for bus fare into their states as part of their reimbursement.</p>\n<p> BUT ALL of these liberal hot-button issues will come back to haunt Biden as his rivals pile on.</p>\n', created = 1575649181, expire = 1575735581, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:181b39b968f55142ae9b86300109e13a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Dick Morris

09/22/2019 - 10:49pm
MEDICARE: September 20, 2019 Medicare is the new third rail of American politics, but the Democrats running for president don’t get it. The most significant outcome of the third Democratic debate had nothing to do with the competing candidates. It concerned the central Democratic proposal of the campaign: mandatory Medicare coverage for all. THIS PROPOSAL, which has come to define the...
06/28/2019 - 10:34am
BRETT KAVANAUGH: June 27, 2019 Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just wrote the majority opinion in a landmark civil rights case, banning the use of discretionary (peremptory) challenges to keep blacks off juries. This holding is precedent-shattering. Previously, prosecutors and defense attorneys have had limitless discretion in using their...
06/23/2019 - 3:55pm
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: June 20, 2019 Sarah Huckabee Sanders has won the all-time prize for surviving, prospering and flourishing in Washington as a member of the Trump administration. Her tenure has been a miracle, and her ability to succeed is unparalleled. Consider what she has accomplished: She successfully promoted and defended the...
06/19/2019 - 8:39am
This Weeks Conservative Focus … Joe Biden Last week, I said that Joe Biden had committed suicide with his restated support for the Hyde Amendment that bans Medicaid coverage for abortion. Apparently, Biden agreed, for the next day, he recanted and swore fealty to the liberal agenda by flip-flopping to oppose Hyde. While he did avert...
06/18/2019 - 7:18pm
DEMOCRATS: June 14, 2019 Give me a break from all the Democratic congressional posturing over President Donald Trump’s hypothetical answer to George Stephanopoulos’ query about what he would do if a foreign power offered to give him derogatory information about his opponent in a U.S. political campaign. Some particularly crazy...
06/13/2019 - 3:56pm
JOE BIDEN: June 13, 2019 Last week, I said that Joe Biden had committed suicide with his restated support for the Hyde Amendment that bans Medicaid coverage for abortion. Apparently, Biden agreed, for the next day, he recanted and swore fealty to the liberal agenda by flip-flopping to oppose Hyde. While he did avert political death by his switch...
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