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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 12, 2014 / 10 Adar II, 5774

Only 10 Percent of Uninsured Americans Want Obamacare

By Betsy McCaughey




JewishWorldReview.com | Obamacare is collapsing. Only 10 percent of uninsured Americans who qualify for Obamacare exchange plans are signing up. Even with subsidies to soften the sticker shock, 90 percent of the people these plans were intended to help are saying "no thanks," according to a survey released last week by management consultants McKinsey & Company. A majority says the plans are too expensive.

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to enroll in "essential coverage" by March 31 and attach proof of it when they file their 2014 taxes. The law imposes a tax on those who don't comply.

Not a mere $95, as widely thought. The tax is 1 percent of your adjusted gross income, with additional taxes for each uninsured child. If you, your spouse and three kids are uninsured, and your income is $75,000, your penalty could add up to $1,750 for 2014. Not chump change, yet not enough to force the uninsured to buy plans. Chief Justice John Roberts warned that a tax steep enough to do that would violate the Constitution.

The upshot is that some of the very people the law was supposed to help will end up worse off — still uninsured and with less money in their pockets. There are two ways to solve their problem — the legal way and the Obama way.

Last week, the House of Representatives tried to legally solve it. The House voted 250 to 160 to postpone the tax for a year. Twenty-seven Democrats broke party ranks to support the measure. But President Barack Obama vowed he would veto it, so it will go nowhere.

Yet, posing as a hero, Obama is likely to do by presidential fiat what he won't do in cooperation with Congress.


That was his M.O. last week when he announced he would allow people to keep plans that don't comply with Obamacare's definition of "essential coverage" for two more years. Sounds good, but whether people will actually be able to keep those plans depends on the decisions of state insurance commissioners and insurers. Most will not permit it. But that's not the president's concern. He's shifted the blame.

The president labeled his change "transition relief." Some transition. It postpones a key provision for two more years.

Obama will likely use "transition relief" again to waive the tax on the uninsured. But that won't fly. Obama's lawyers told the U.S. Supreme Court the tax was essential to the workings of the law. For the president to change it without Congress's approval would push the nation down the road to lawlessness.

What is to stop the president from manipulating other taxes for political purposes? The Constitution vests the taxing power in Congress to prevent this mischief. Yet already Obama has exempted certain unions from a reinsurance tax that the Affordable Care Act unambiguously imposes, even though the exemption will increase the burden on other parties.

Obama's fixes are shredding the Constitution one piece at a time. James Madison warned about such "gradual and silent encroachments."

Obama's "keep your plan" announcement lends new meaning to "Get Covered." He's covering Democrats' butts — namely Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Warner of Virgina, and Mark Udall of Colorado, all Democrats facing re-election fights. Millions of Americans getting cancellations would make it harder for these pols to win, absent the president's empty gesture.

Last November, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida boasted that Democrats would be running on Obamacare in 2014. Now they're running from it.

This break in party ranks is a sign that eventually Republicans and some Democrats may agree on a temporary fix to stop the waste and suffering and presidential overreach. The Obama administration is asking Congress for $600 million in additional funds to improve the hopeless Obamacare website technology. That's throwing good money after bad.

The outlines of a two-year fix are obvious: Keep popular provisions, like allowing children on parents' plans until age 26; keep the Medicaid expansion to help the neediest; suspend the dysfunctional exchanges; repeal the employer mandate to save the 40-hour workweek; and repeal the tax on the uninsured, which is proving a 90 percent failure.

All sensible but undoable as long as the president doubles down on his Rube Goldberg health plan.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.


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