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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 December 11, 2013/ 8 Teves, 5774

All I Want for Christmas Is My Freedom Back

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tell Santa to bring President Barack Obama a stocking stuffer: a copy of the U.S. Constitution with the words "Laws be faithfully executed" underlined in red. Those words define the president's most important duty. But Obama, himself a constitutional lawyer, is ignoring the Constitution and governing like a dictator. His latest ploy exempts unions from a fee the Affordable Care Act imposes.

Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, who voted for Obama and professes to agree with him on health care and other issues, didn't mince words when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 3. He warned that Obama's power grabs are causing "the most serious constitutional crisis I've seen in my lifetime."

Several law professors and policy experts laid out a litany of the president's constitutional transgressions. He has delayed and rewritten key provisions of his health care law and weaseled a special insurance subsidy for members of Congress the law did not provide. When Congress refused to enact his immigration and environmental policies, he imposed them by edict, granting amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and forcing regulations on coal plants that will likely bankrupt that industry.

Most recent is Obama's trick to spare unions from a fee that section 1341(b)(1)(A) of the Affordable Care Act unambiguously imposes on all large group health plans. Faithfully executing the law means applying it evenhandedly. Dictators do the opposite, playing favorites.

The union giveaway is buried on page 72,340 of the Federal Register for Dec. 2, a voluminous publication where government discloses its mind-numbing regulations. The Affordable Care Act sets up a reinsurance program to compensate insurers in the individual market, who are hit with high costs for covering people with preexisting conditions. The money is raised with a fee imposed on all group health plans, starting in 2014 and going through 2016, designed to raise $25 billion in all. Insurers and self-insured employers pay in proportion to the number of people they cover, so in 2014 the fee is $63 per covered person.



For three and a half years, the Obama administration crafted regulations to impose the fee on all large group plans. But in the fall 2013, unions pressed for an exemption. Then, these words appeared on Dec. 2: "Our continued study of this issue leads us to believe that this provision may reasonably be interpreted in one of two ways — it may be interpreted to mean that self-insured, self administered plans must make reinsurance contributions, or it may be interpreted to mean that such plans are excluded from the obligation ... upon further consideration of the issue, we believe the statutory language can reasonably be read ... "

That's a lie. The Affordable Care Act's reinsurance provision doesn't use the word "self-administered" or distinguish between plans that pay their own claims and plans that hire administrators. But Taft-Hartley union plans self-insure and self-administer, and will therefore be exempted by the Dec. 2 regulation.

Writing government double-talk is a dark art. It's straight out of George Orwell's "1984." Orwell warned that totalitarian governments impudently claim that black is white, in contradiction to the plain truth, to sap the public's ability to think critically. The Obama administration does it, too.

The army of bureaucrats cranking out regulations and deceptions to justify them has no loyalty to the public or the U.S. Constitution. They are loyal to the state and have terrifying power over us.

The Dec. 2 rule will mean that insurers and other self-insured employers who are not exempted will pay more in 2015 and 2016 to meet the $25 billion target. It's zero sum.

They will have grounds to sue, but the president is counting on the fact they won't. Insurers, pharmaceutical companies and other industries are being corrupted by the Obama administration's cronyism. They figure they'll make up the sum somewhere else in a side deal with the administration.

The biggest loss is freedom. Each time Obama claims power the Constitution does not allow, he sets a menacing precedent for future presidents to rule by edict.

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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Previously:

12/04/13: Lying to the Sick

11/30/13: A Lie from Day One

10/23/13: Congress Cedes Control over Borrowing: a Dictator's Dream

10/16/13: Obamatude Ahead

10/09/13: Obama's Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

10/02/13: Big Brother Is Speaking

09/25/13: Dem Big Wigs' appalling ignorance about Constitution should be an American embarrassment

09/18/13: Sex and Subsidies in the Nation's Capital

09/11/13: Obama Wants Your Sexual History

09/04/13: Obama's Labor Day Lies

08/28/13: Speaker John Boehner's Mission: Defend the Constitution

08/14/13: The Rule Of Law Versus King Obama

08/07/13: Congress Exempts Itself From the Law

07/31/13: Defunding: the Framers' Remedy for Presidential Lawlessness

07/10/13: REVEALED: Corrupt Ploy to Boost Health Exchanges

07/03/13: Who Are Your Heroes?

06/27/13: Will you be shocked by what's really in immigration reform bill?

© 2013 Creators Syndicate

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