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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 March 7, 2012/ 13 Adar, 5772

As of July 2014: Your doctor could be Obama

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ever since Sarah Palin's end-of-life counseling "death panel" remarks exploded into national consciousness in 2009, I have researched the real power Obamacare will have to overrule your doctor's decisions about what's best for your heath care.

Forget death panels. Starting in July 2014, if Barack Obama is still president, a 15-member board that he selects with Senate confirmation -- the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) -- will be in charge of deciding when to reduce government spending per capita (for each person) on health care.

Opponents such as Congressman Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also a doctor and the co-chairman of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, know the IPAB will have the authority to reduce Medicare spending if it exceeds the administration's imposed growth rate on an annual basis.

This "bunch of bureaucrats," as Gingrey described these health rationers, will have the power to decide whether you can depend on government funds to continue "on dialysis or cancer chemotherapy" ("Obama's Advisory Board Could Be a Real Killer," Peter Roff, usnews.com, June 28, 2011).

Another Republican congressman, Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who was a physician before going into politics, puts it more plainly:

"Basically, there's a certain amount of money that's allocated for Medicare spending each year. Once you hit that amount that's been appropriated," the Independent Payment Advisory Board "can then decide, not based on quality or need, but based on strictly cost" to stop payment ("'Real death panels' set to face heat in Congress, courts," Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller, March 22, 2011).

What especially chills me is that not a single member of this health jury will have actually seen the patient, thanks to Obamacare.

At least when the courts have determined the death penalty for a capital crime, the doomed citizen will have previously been able to challenge the sentence. But under Obamacare, it's as if the citizen whose very life is endangered may be disposed of under the president's ultimate authority, as if by a pilotless drone. There is no due process in this section of Obamacare either.

In Coons v. Geithner, a 2010 civil rights complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, attorneys from the libertarian Goldwater Institute are asking that court to declare that "the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the official, phony name of Obamacare) ... violates the United States Constitution" on a number of counts, including the notorious "mandate" that American citizens be forced to buy insurance (from the Coons v. Geithner filing).

In his story for The Daily Caller, Matthew Boyle quoted Diane Cohen, the lead attorney for the Goldwater Institute that is representing the plaintiffs in Coons v. Geithner, who further explained the contorted history of the dreaded IPAB. (Future historians take note -- as should you when you vote in the next presidential election):

"'There was a lot of controversy over it (IPAB) when Obamacare was being considered in Congress by both sides of the aisle,' Cohen said, referring to more than 50 Democrats who wrote to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voicing their opposition to it.

"It was very controversial and made its way into the law just because of the manner in which the whole law was passed to begin with. Even the American Medical Association, who has supported Obamacare for some reason, had come out and opposed the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board."

And under what kinds of pressure did Obama extinguish certain Democrats' opposition to the establishment of this historic death board?

My waning respect for the American Medical Association collapsed when it voted to exclude its membership -- as IPAB commanded -- from deciding what's best for their patients. Did any members of the AMA resign in protest?

Meanwhile, our Supreme Court believes its eventual ruling on Obamacare is so important that it has scheduled three days of oral arguments on March 26, 27 and 28 (a rare expansion). Many Americans would be eager to be present at the high court via television -- some of us just to get a sense of how long we may live. But the justices are sticking to their longtime refusal to allow TV cameras in their courtroom for oral arguments.

Some of them want to retain their anonymity when they move amongst the common people. Would you recognize Justice Anthony Kennedy -- often the swing vote on the court -- if he were on the same elevator as you?

Others insist that the solemnity of their grave proceedings would be marred by the intrusion of this theatrical distraction. But wouldn't you like to see Justice Antonin Scalia lashing out at the impenetrable ignorance of certain colleagues?

As I have written, sitting in the privileged press section at the high court, I have learned a great deal about the degree of independence and quality of judiciousness of these nine highly elevated Americans who can impact so many of our lives, often for long periods.

But now, breaking news of an as yet unknown future: The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Tuesday, by a voice vote, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This repeal still has to go before the Rules and Ways and Means Committees, as well as eventually the Senate.

I'll keep you posted on what happens. The nation's doctors are also very eager to know.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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