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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 Sept. 22, 2010 / 14 Tishrei, 5771

Health czar: ‘Zero tolerance’ for Obamacare critics

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Sept. 9, autocratic Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, wrote a threatening letter to the national office of America's Health Insurance Plans. Charging these insurance companies with "scare tactics" and "misinformation" about the president's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Sebelius is incensed at their "falsely blam(ing) premium increases for 2011" on this Obamacare.

She warns these miscreants that "there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases." Missing from her edict is where she finds in the Constitution the authority of the executive branch to punish free-speaking critics of the implementation of a law.

And punish she will. There will be an enemies list: "We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014."

Bottom line: Shut up or we'll make you pay.

It was that thrust of majestic arrogance that ignited Samuel Adams' original Tea Party in response to the arrogance of King George III. Michelle Malkin reminds us of a previous Obama White House enemies' list that added to the surge of the current tea parties.

Last August, the White House website ask all of us, "If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

By then I had already written Obamacare columns that our physician-in-chief might have considered "fishy," but that White House invitation to informants has since been discontinued, so I'll never know if I made the list of suspects.

Meanwhile, as of this writing, more than a dozen states have filed, or joined, lawsuits against Obamacare (lifenews.com). Unafraid of being admonished by Sebelius, they maintain that the Obama administration violated the Constitution's commerce clause and the 10th Amendment.

("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.")

Now, Mr. President and Secretary Sebelius, you may be a little confused. See, "the people" are the vast majority who inhabit this great nation. You have come across a reference to them in the Constitution: "We the People of the United States … do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." You work for us.


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The 12 states and millions of "We the People" cannot find anywhere in the Constitution why, under Obamacare, each and every citizen, and including legal residents, must purchase health care coverage -- or, if we disobey Sebelius, we must be penalized by paying a fine for our rebelliousness. For this we went to war against King George III?

With regard to Sebelius' rage about the spreading of "misinformation" about Obamacare -- and also her indignation that insurance companies "falsely blame … unjustified rate increases" on that shining achievement of the Obama administration, health care scholar Michael Tanner, a Cato Institute senior fellow (as am I), speaks up. He instructs the president and the myriad bureaucrats administrating what they decide you'll get under Obamacare -- unless enough members of Congress acquainted with the Constitution repeal this law:

"Obamacare utterly fails to control rising health care costs (as so resoundingly pledged by the president). In fact, a new report from the government's own actuaries concludes that total U.S. health care spending will rise FASTER as a result of the new law than if we had done nothing."

Remember the president's teleprompted guarantees that his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will cut the spiraling national deficit?

"The result (of Obamacare)," Tanner continues, "is that insurance premiums will jump as much as 9 percent next year, especially in the individual and small-group markets. Some customers could see hikes (in their premiums) of 20 percent or more." (New York Post, September 13) Secretary Sebelius, should you not apologize to the insurance companies you publicly excoriated for "falsely blaming premium increases for 2011" on Obamacare?"

It shouldn't surprise you, Ms. Sebelius or President Obama, that there are Democratic Party candidates in the midterm elections campaigning -- gee willikers -- AGAINST Obamacare! In a New York Times (Sept. 13) news report ("In Ad Wars, Democrats Shy From Ties to Own Party"), we meet Representative Walk Minnick of Idaho, "sitting on the front steps of a house in jeans and shirtsleeves, looking as if he is worlds away from Washington," saying:

"I've said no to more government spending, no to President Obama's big health care plan and no to Wall Street bailouts."

Will Minnick be getting a menacing letter from Sebelius? Has he asked the president to campaign for him?

And I wonder how many seniors among the voters this year and in 2012 know, as Peter Ferrara and Larry Hunter reported in the Sept. 9 Wall Street Journal that Richard Foster, Medicare's chief actuary notes: "Medicare payment rates for the doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30 percent during the next three years."

I am an octogenarian, with more articles and books to write, and although I used to be a Democrat, I'm far from voting for the straight Democrat ticket this year. I did not vote for Obama last time because he is so avidly pro-abortion, and I'm a pro-lifer. But in the midterm elections, and if he goes for a second term, I'm voting for my own life -- to escape Obamacare.

It is President Obama who's using "scare tactics": by threatening objectors to his command that we buy health insurance or else be forced to pay a fine.

Mr. President, I am an American, sir, and will vote for the Constitution.

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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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