In this issue
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 Nov. 27, 2013 / 24 Kislev, 5774

Obama Redistributes Health, Not Just Wealth

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The New York Times, on November 23rd, reports that redistribution has become the unmentionable word at the Obama White House. Former Chief of Staff William Daley says that redistribution is "a loaded word that c0njures up all sorts of unfairness in people's minds." He notes that it is a word that in the political world, you "just don't use."

But the newspaper goes on to note that "the redistribution of wealth has always been a central feature of the ObamaCare law and lies at the heart of the insurance market disruptions driving political attacks this fall."

The New York Times, as usual, misses the point. It is not the redistribution of wealth that is the main problem. It is the redistribution of health that bothers us most of all. Money is one thing. Our health and lives are quite another.

By restricting access to certain doctors, hospitals, and therapies, ObamaCare limits our access to health. There are forty drugs that address specific types of cancer genetically. The average ObamaCare policy covers ten of them. If you have one of the others, you are out of luck.

By cutting reimbursement rates to doctors and encouraging their early retirement, ObamaCare dumbs down health care so everybody gets a little, but nobody gets a lot and many don't get enough. Even with issues of life and death at stake, ObamaCare limits our options.

We cannot go to Sloan Kettering or the Mayo Clinic or Ceders-Sinai if we have cancer. Its not covered. Nor can we count on ever seeing an oncologist. Very few will accept the low reimbursement rates offered by the system.

A heart patient will rarely get to see a cardiovascular specialist nor will someone suffering from colon disease get to see a gastroenterologist. The reimbursement rates are prohibitively low for these specialists. And, if you go out of network, you have to pay the full freight yourself, including any follow on therapies. Not just a penalty, but the full amount you'd have to pay if you had no coverage.

A top New Jersey Orthopedist called into my radio show and said that there was no one in south Jersey in any of the ObamaCare plans who was capable of performing complex spinal surgery.

ObamaCare redistributes wealth by charging those whose policies have been cancelled a premium to cover the uninsured. And, it charges a 40% premium tax on those with good policies. And it charges a fee of $63 a head for group plans. All this money goes for the poor and uninsured.

But it is not the redistribution of wealth that is the key point. It is the redistribution of health that none of us can afford.

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