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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 August 17, 2009 / 27 Menachem-Av 5769

Who you gonna believe? Me…or your lying eyes?

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama in effect issued this challenge during a town hall meeting on health care reform in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Tuesday (8/11).

In response to a question asking whether he still supports a single-payer system (one in which the government is the sole provider of health care services, as in Canada), Mr. Obama said:

"I have not said that I was a single payer supporter because, frankly, we historically had a employer-based system in this country with private insurers, and for us a transition to a system like that I believe would be too disruptive."

But in a speech to the Illinois AFL-CIO on June 30, 2003, Mr. Obama said: "I happen to be a proponent of a single payer health care program." You can watch a video of his remarks here:

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-in-03-id-like-to-see-a-single-payer-health -care-plan/.

"If you're starting from scratch, then a single payer system like Canada's which disconnects health insurance from employment, would probably make sense," Mr. Obama told the New Yorker in a May, 2007 interview.

Had the president said: "I used to support a single payer system, but I changed my mind because…," more people might give credence to the claims he's making for his health care reform plan. Instead, he told an outright lie.

So when Mr. Obama says his reform plan will save money, but the Congressional Budget Office says it will cost at least $1 trillion over the next ten years, people are inclined to believe the CBO.

Senior citizens wonder how $313 billion can be cut from the Medicare program, as President Obama proposes to do, without affecting the quality of the health care they'll receive.

And when Mr. Obama says people who like their private insurance will be able to keep it, but the Lewin Group estimates the "public option" would force 88 million people with private insurance into the government program, people worry.

They should. In a speech April 18, Rep. Jan Schakowski, a Chicago Democrat allied with the president, described the "public option" as a trojan horse.

"Next to me was a guy from the insurance company saying 'a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single payer,'" Ms. Schakowski said. "He was right! The man was right!" You can watch the video of her remarks here:

http://spectator.org/blog/2009/05/04/jan-schakowsky-says-public-opt. Ms. Schakowski is content to boil the frog slowly. So too, apparently, is Mr. Obama. "I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately," he said at a healthcare forum sponsored by the Service Employees International Union in 2007. "There is going to be potentially some transition process."

People who lie about some provisions in the health care bill will lie about others. So some worry the provision for end of life counseling in the House bill is not as innocuous as the president says it is.

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a post on Facebook.

Hyperbole? You betcha! But wrong? Maybe not. In England, Canada and Oregon, government panels do make such determinations.

Washington Post columnist Charles Lane, a moderate liberal, read section 1233 of the House bill, and concluded:

"The measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations," Mr. Lane wrote. "You don't have to be a right wing wacko to question that approach."

In a 1998 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ezekiel Emanuel, President Obama's health care adviser, touted the fiscal benefits of physician-assisted suicide. In January, Dr. Emanuel outlined his "principles of allocation of scarce medical interventions:"

"When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated," Dr. Emanuel said.

If the "public option" is a trojan horse for a single payer system, might not section 1233 be a step toward what would be — in fact if not in name — a death panel?

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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.

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