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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 June 10, 2014 / 12 Sivan, 5774

The Continuing Obamacare Nightmare

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While President Obama diverts the nation's attention with his other myriad scandals, the Obamacare Express continues to careen off the rails, leaving a wide path of destruction and rendering its supporters defenseless.

The latest outrage, in a yearslong string, is that at least 4 million of the 8 million total Obamacare sign-ups contain flawed applications, according to a report by House Republicans.

But this isn't some arbitrarily divined number chosen by Republicans for political purposes. It is based on a chart prepared by federal Obamacare contractor Serco that shows more than 4 million application discrepancies as of May 27. These include inconsistencies regarding income, citizenship and immigration, residency, incarceration, Indian status, Social Security numbers, and eligibility for another federal health program.

According to The Daily Caller, more than 1.6 million annual and current income inconsistencies were identified, but none of them had been resolved by May 27, and only 62,000 of the 1.4 million anomalies involving citizenship and immigration problems had been resolved. A total of only 97,000 of the 4.1 million discrepancies had been addressed by the end of May.

Is this any way to run even a woefully bloated, incompetent and bureaucrat-infested government?

It's not as if this just happened serendipitously. The Obama White House knew, in its rush to pile up applications no matter how flawed in order to meet its self-imposed deadline, that it was cutting significant corners. This arrogant administration failed to create an income verification system in 2013 before it launched the notorious Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, and opted to approve Obamacare applications without any verification of the customers' representations of their income.

Can you imagine any business running itself this recklessly? A bank? It's not conceivable. And it won't do for people to excuse this as merely the way government works. If they make that excuse, they are admitting that the government should never be entrusted with one-seventh of the economy, which it shouldn't. This wasn't a case of mere bureaucratic ineptitude; it was a conscious decision at the highest executive level to cut corners for political purposes, and it screams out for accountability.

Of the latest Obamacare nightmare revelations, these application inconsistencies are only the tip of the iceberg. Consider:

—At least 2.9 million Americans who signed up for Medicaid coverage pursuant to Obamacare changes have not had their applications processed, meaning some low-income people will be prevented from accessing benefits they are legally entitled to receive.



—According to the Congressional Budget Office, only a small fraction of the uninsured will end up paying the Obamacare mandate penalty, as 87 percent will claim an exemption. Not only does this make a mockery of the ill-conceived penalty but also it increases the odds of an insurance industry "death spiral" and puts Obamacare even further out of budgetary balance. These consequences will be perfectly copasetic with Obama, who abhors the insurance industry, desires complete government control of health care and relishes further subsidizing of those not paying their own way as another proud notch in his redistribution belt. What a great day for Obama! Everything he promises turns to mush, but that mush just happens to be perfectly consistent with the deplorable direction in which he wants to take the country. Though the overwhelming majority of the uninsured will sidestep the mandated penalty, absent court intervention, there will be no such leniency for families and businesses who seek to avoid the mandate on moral grounds because it forces them to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

—The Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would reduce the deficit by more than $120 billion in a decade, but in April, the CBO quietly conceded that the projection wasn't reliable. Shocker.

—The Washington Times reports that as a direct result of the Obamacare scheme to make health care more affordable, insurance premiums will be increasing in Colorado, Vermont (from 9.8 percent to 18.3 percent), Kentucky (up to a 17 percent increase by 2015) and Virginia (as much as 22 percent). This is an inevitable trend we're seeing all over the country, as everyone who understands socialism anticipated.

—Stephen Parente, a professor of health economics at the University of Minnesota, and Michael Ramlet of American Action Forum project nationwide increases for the Obamacare silver plan of some 25 percent for individuals and families within five years, as well as an increase in the uninsured. Similarly bad results are projected for other categories of plans. This means that despite government spending increases, health care costs will still be higher, which is to say nothing of the reduced health care choices and deteriorating quality of treatment.

—Though Obamacare promised to reduce pressure on emergency room treatment by giving people greater access to primary care, we're witnessing just the opposite result in many hospitals in Kentucky and across the nation, which are experiencing a surge of newly insured Medicaid patients going to emergency rooms.

—A headline reads, "NC Small Business Will Be 'Hit Especially Hard' By ObamaCare, May Drop Insurance For Workers." Another reads, "Obamacare Hits Academia, Hard."

I'm just part way through the list; shall I continue? Sorry. Out of space. But I trust you're getting my drift.

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