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. 18, 2013 / 16 Kislev, 5774

Obamacare: Unaffordable and Incomprehensible

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Chaos. "The whole mess has thrown the country, millions of people, the insurance market, into chaos," wrote Paul Palumbo, one of the million Californians who were notified that because of the Affordable Care Act, their Blue Shield plans would end Dec. 31.

When the self-employed research analyst received the notice, he stopped paying his premiums because "they were dropping" him. The cheapest alternative he could find costs 61 percent more than his old premium and has a higher deductible. For now, he's waiting for the market to settle and rolling the dice. After President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would allow insurers to sell 2013 plans for another year, Palumbo observed that it changes nothing. This new fiat "will only further confuse people and negatively impact the market's ability to function efficiently."

Is what Obama proposes even legal? When Republicans tried to delay the scheme, the administration responded that Obamacare is "the law of the land," passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Covered California requires its providers to terminate old individual policies Dec. 31.

Insurers are not on board. They have tied their offerings into knots to meet the ACA's voluminous regulations and calculated rates that anticipated current policyholders joining new pools. Now the president says to health care purveyors: Never mind. Do me a favor and sell your old plans with added bells and whistles -- and for what you charged because you could exclude those with pre-existing conditions.

With this gambit, Obama essentially is trying to convince an estimated 5 million terminated policyholders across the country: If you lose your plan, blame the insurance companies.

The news conference followed a botched rollout capped by the release of anemic enrollment numbers. The administration had expected 500,000 people to sign up during October. Instead, 106,000 Americans enrolled. The numbers for California are better. Nearly 31,000 Californians signed up in October; another 24,000 enrolled in the first two weeks of November. According to Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee, older Californians are overrepresented and younger Californians are underrepresented in the applicant pool.

If too few healthy and young people participate, warned Devon Herrick, senior fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis, the result will be an "adverse selection death spiral."

Anthony Wright of Health Access rejects any suggestion that a million Californians are losing their coverage so that a hoped-for 500,000 to 700,000 can get subsidized plans. "There's already more than a million people who are getting coverage," he said, when you add the 435,000 adults younger than 26 enrolled on their parents' plans and the 615,000 newly enrolled in Medi-Cal and similar programs.

For those Californians, the Affordable Care Act actually is affordable. For those who pay for their health care, probably not.

"The old individual market was not working well," Obama said in his defense. If so, the new individual market is working worse. It turns out that when the government adds benefits and makes insurers charge the same for people with pre-existing conditions, costs go up. Individual policyholders who do not qualify for subsidies are experiencing severe rate shock -- and they're losing their doctors.

This is where liberals like to insert that Republicans never wanted Obamacare to work. Not quite. Republicans always knew that Obamacare could not work.

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