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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 Oct. 24, 2013/ 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Obamacare for Kookistan First

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The utter disaster of the Obamacare rollout is now a matter of fact. Even President Barack Obama's Monday morning attempt at damage control in the Rose Garden was a disaster. Behind him stood a score or more of supporters all drawn from points around the country, all apparently in need of Obamacare. Some were in need of a doctor's immediate attention.

One was Karmel Allison. Yes, her name was Karmel! She was a young lady standing to the right of our president. Suddenly she appeared glassy-eyed. She seemed about to faint. She must have made a gentle gasp because the president suddenly turned around and momentarily forgot about Obamacare. He said weakly, "I got you. You're OK?" At that point she was helped, do we say off stage? At any rate, she was taken away to seek proper medical care. Presumably, it is still available at the White House.

On the president went, explaining away his current disaster. There were millions of people sitting before their computers seeking healthcare information and enrollment in Obamacare. Well, possibly there were only hundreds of thousands. The White House has not been very forthcoming about online inquiries or information. At one derisible point the president explained that if those seeking to sign up for healthcare were tired of sitting alone before their computers getting "try later" messages, they could go directly to the call centers.

Apparently, these are centers that can be reached by the quaint expedient of a telephone call. The president offered that the call centers are all staffed "24 hours a day, in 153 different languages." If I had been present there in the Rose Garden, I would have liked to ask him if among those 153 languages the language of Kookistan was offered, and how long I would have to wait for the Kookistani to take my call.



Really, this president and his brilliant signature health care law — universal health care in our time! — are the stuff of endless comedy. They no longer bear serious analysis, but they are good for laughs. The tea partiers and their solons on Capitol Hill were right to ask for Obamacare's defunding or at least a delay. The program was not ready to become the policy of the country and may never be ready. Let Obama's administration take another year to work out the kinks and leave Obamacare to the comedians for a good laugh. The president can head back to the Oval Office to pore over his maps and discover where Kookistan actually is. What language precisely do they speak? Remember when he informed a European audience that the people of Austria spoke Austrian. Do the people of Kookistan speak Kookian?

The president should have been well aware that his online health care program was not ready for the public's use. Tested on October 1 for how it would work when hundreds of thousands of people tried to use it later in the month, it locked up after about 2000 tries. The president then had plenty of time to avoid this week's embarrassment. His party could have cut a deal with the tea party and the other conservatives and delayed the rollout. The Democrats would have looked magnanimous but they sought something else. Now they look ignominious.

President Obama's pratfall with health care put me in mind of a fundamental difference between conservatives and a man of the left. The conservative is wary about forcing his policy upon a divided nation. The man of the left plunges forward. President Ronald Reagan was dead set against abortion, but he recognized that the country was pretty much divided on abortion. It would be better if he settled with limiting abortion where he could and speaking out against it so as to persuade rather than to bully. President Obama had a fleeting majority in both houses of Congress on an issue that about equally divided the nation. He forced it into law. Since then, the majority of the American people have increased their opposition to Obamacare. Their numbers are growing. Obama's response is to charge ahead, even when Obamacare encounters grave difficulties.

I say the Prophet Obama should take his health care policies to Kookistan. Maybe the Kooks will like it.

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