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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 18, 2013/ 15 Teves, 5774

The 'Compassion Without Compulsion' Obamacare Fix

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last night, I received an email from President Barack Obama about his health law. He said, "The law is working. Already nearly 365,000 people across the country have picked private plans through the Marketplace."

Sorry, Mr. President, but a mere 365,000 people signing up on the federal health exchange, while almost 50 million are uninsured, proves the law is not working. Even the 365,000 number is phony. Only a quarter of those people took the final step and paid, the difference between window-shopping and actually getting insured.

Compare that with over 5 million victims of Obamacare who have had their plans canceled, as well as 200,000 people with preexisting conditions who will lose their coverage in state high-risk pools when they close in the coming weeks because of Obamacare. These people don't have to be sold on the idea of having health insurance. They previously had it and desperately wanted to remain insured.

But the malfunctioning healthcare.gov website — plus premium sticker shock — and the realization that most exchange plans don't allow access to specialists, academic hospitals and expensive medications people with health problems need have deterred these people from signing up.

Last week, the administration announced rules that bully insurers into retroactively covering people who pay late or only partially pay their premium. Insurers were warned that if they don't cooperate, they could be barred from the exchange next year.

This Chicago-style arm-twisting is just the latest of many illegal changes the president has made to the law. Obamacare barely resembles the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Obama has put aside the employer mandate to force more people onto the exchanges, scuttled income verification for subsidy recipients and so on. All are in violation of our nation's bedrock principle — the rule of the law.

The federal government has spent over $6 billion on federal and state exchanges, including over $600 million for the dysfunctional federal website. It's spent money for computers, community organizations, navigators and slick ads, not for bandages and bedside care. What a waste! The tale is wagging the dog. It's time to get rid of the exchanges.

When Congress returns after its New Year's recess, it should act immediately. The votes are unable to repeal Obamacare, but that doesn't mean the law can't be fixed for the near term to prevent more people from losing their coverage.



Here's a roadmap for a "compassion without compulsion" compromise.

—Keep the provision that allows adult children to stay on a parent's plan until age 26. It's a cost-hiker but popular.

—Keep the Medicaid expansion, in which the neediest are helped. States have the option to expand or not.

—Provide block grants to states to expand high-risk pools. That will rescue 200,000 people about to lose coverage and 1.8 million who were on wait lists. Cost: $11,000 per person or $22 billion a year.

—Bring back temporary federal subsidies to help the unemployed pay for COBRA premiums until they regain on-the-job coverage. This is aimed at the industrious who lose coverage because of a job loss. As many as half regain on-the-job coverage within a year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Cost: $2 billion a year, based on past experience.

—Pay for block grants and COBRA subsidies by eliminating exchange subsidies, which are budgeted to cost $26 billion the first year. Obamacare makes households with $92,000 in income eligible for exchange subsidies. That's an outrage. The money should be targeted to help people with preexisting conditions or those who have lost their jobs.

—Eliminate the &uuot;Washington Knows Best" requirement that all health plans have to cover "essential benefits." This caused plans in the individual market to be canceled and it's making exchange plans unaffordable. Don't force the 50-year-old woman to pay for maternity care.

—Eventually Republicans may have the votes for medical liability reform, across-state-lines insurance sales and health savings accounts, which are all cost-reducing strategies.

—Eliminate the employer mandate (already postponed) to save the 40-hour workweek.

—Most importantly, eliminate the individual mandate. Let's help the needy without government interfering in the insurance choices everyone else makes.

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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:

12/11/13: All I Want for Christmas Is My Freedom Back

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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