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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 June 11, 2013/ 3 Tammuz, 5773

Obamacare Math Won't Add Up

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before President Barack Obama took a question on intelligence surveillance and stepped on his message in an odd and hastily put-together event in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, the president made a few scheduled remarks about California's implementation of his Affordable Care Act.

In 2007, the president made this promise: "I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year." PolitiFact rated the above quote as a "promise broken" and last year found no evidence of any drop in premiums; never mind $2,500.

But last month, Peter V. Lee, executive director of California's individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, bolstered the president's claim about saving something when Covered California announced that its premiums will be "way below the worst-case doom-and-gloom scenarios" predicted for state exchange policies. A press release crowed, "The rates submitted to Covered California for the 2014 individual market ranged from 2 percent above to 29 percent below the 2013 average premium for small employer plans in California's most populous regions."

The state exchange was able to deliver affordable premiums, Lee said, by pushing insurers to accept profit margins as low as 2 to 3 percent and getting providers to cut the fees they charge for services.

Thus, Obama argued Friday, "In states that are working hard to implement this law properly, we're seeing it work for people, for middle-class families, for consumers."

And: "If you're in the individual market, you can get a better deal."

That's not quite true. Forbes' Avik Roy faulted Lee for comparing apples and oranges. He checked Covered California premiums against current individual rates for a typical nonsmoking 25-year-old man in California and found that Covered California rates amount to an increase of 100 to 123 percent.

Covered California's individual Obamacare policies cost more than today's offerings because in 2014, insurance companies cannot turn down or charge higher rates to people with pre-existing conditions. Also, not comparing apples and oranges, Roy was looking at rates for healthy young men.

Obama's guaranteed-issue mandate had to drive up premiums. Plus, Obamacare threw in some goodies, such as no copayments for contraception and preventive care. Someone has to pay for those extras; hence, we see the pop-up in premiums.

A lot of uninsured Californians are hungry for the security that health coverage provides. For those people, higher premiums should seem like a reasonable trade-off. This could be a victory.

But Obamacare supporters have to sell this plan as something it is not. As a candidate, Obama campaigned on the promise that he would provide access to health care to more people -- and to more sick people -- for less money. That's his story, and he's sticking to it.

So when the president says his plan won't take anything away from people who are happy with their health care, you are supposed to believe.

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