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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 7, 2014 / 7 Nissan, 5774

Affordable Care Act's wording haunting Obama administration

By Jack Kelly




JewishWorldReview.com | Two weeks after acknowledging it had no legal authority to do this, the administration announced March 25 it will permit people to sign up for Obamacare after the March 31 deadline set in the law.

"A government of laws, not men," was how John Adams described what most distinguished the republic the Founding Fathers created from virtually every other government in the history of the world.

"The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens," said Thomas Jefferson.

It's been tough sledding for equal protection of the laws these last five years.

The president alters at his whim laws passed by Congress, exempting some, but not others, from Obamacare provisions.

His attorney general won't prosecute civil rights offenses — if the victims are white.

Pennsylvania's attorney general won't prosecute politicians who take bribes — if they are black.

If plaintiffs prevail in lawsuits which got hearings last week in courts in Washington D.C., the scofflaw administration could be reined in.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 25 on a suit by small business owners who say their freedom of religion is violated by the Obamacare provision which requires them to include abortion-inducing drugs in health plans for their employees.

A few blocks away that day, a three judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in a suit arguing that only people who sign up for health insurance on state exchanges may get premium subsidies.

Plaintiffs likely will prevail in both cases, court observers think.

"This was a train wreck for the Obama administration," said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin after listening to arguments on the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court. "This law looks like it's going to be struck down. All of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong."

The questions they asked indicated Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the swing voter, and perhaps liberal Justice Steven Breyer will join the four conservatives to overturn the provision.

The Supreme Court hearing garnered the most media attention, but it's the suit brought by Jacqueline Halbig that could doom Obamacare.

Subsidies will be available to people who purchase health insurance in an exchange "established by the state," say the words of the Obamacare law. People who sign up on Healthcare.gov, the federal web site, can get subsidies too, the IRS ruled. The IRS has no authority to do that, argue Ms. Halbig, a health care adviser during the Bush administration, and state attorneys general in Oklahoma and Indiana, who've filed suit in other courts. The plain meaning of the words of the law is that only those who buy health insurance on state exchanges are eligible for subsidies.

This is a very big deal, because only 16 states have set up exchanges. More than twice as many Americans say they've been hurt by Obamacare as say they've benefited from it, polls indicate. If Ms. Halbig prevails, the number of beneficiaries will plummet.

That was just a drafting error, the administration argues. Congress intended that people who buy insurance on federal exchanges should get subsidies too.

If that were true, it would be a poor argument, because under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to correct "drafting errors" in the laws it passes.

It isn't. The eligibility rules for "premium-assistance tax credits" are referenced nine times in the law, noted Michael Cannon of the CATO Institute. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., insisted on them, the legislative history makes clear.

"By dispensing subsidies through federal exchanges, the IRS will spend tax revenues without congressional authorization," said columnist George Will. "And by enforcing the employer mandate in states that have only federal exchanges, it will collect taxes without congressional authorization."

A district court judge ruled against Ms. Halbig, but the appeals court panel seems poised to find in her favor. The administration's frantic, frequent and illegal alterations of the law may be the last straw for some judges.

The administration is trying to cover up for how poorly the Obamacare law was written, and how badly it's being administered, said Judge A. Raymond Randolph.

"If the law is just stupid, I don't think it's up to the court to save it," he said.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly

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