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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 May 20, 2009 / 26 Iyar 5769

Death as a cost-cutter

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hey, old farts. Hurry up and die!


That, in a nutshell, is how President Obama hopes to save large sums of money through health care "reform."


But that isn't how the president advertises it.


Mr. Obama summoned a dozen health care industry groups to the White House May 10 to discuss ways to slow the rise of health care costs.


"Leading groups in the health care industry have offered to squeeze $2 trillion in savings from projected increases over the next decade, White House officials said," the Washington Post reported.


The health care groups pledged to trim the rise in health care costs by 1.5 percent a year, administration officials said.


"Within ten years, the savings would 'virtually eliminate' the nation's budget deficit," those officials told the Post.


The president misrepresented what the groups proposed, said Richard Pollack, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association. They didn't pledge to reduce health care costs by 1.5 percent a year. That figure is the target the industry hopes to reach at the end of ten years. The administration exaggerated the potential savings by nearly 1,000 percent.


That the White House number was fishy should have been obvious to anyone who can do arithmetic, which, alas, few journalists can. Currently we spend about $2 trillion a year on health care. How plausible is it that we could save the entire amount we're currently spending on health care in just a decade chiefly through trimming paperwork, as the administration claims?


"Without the savings it thought the industry groups were talking about, the government projects that health costs will rise at an average of 6.2 percent annually over the next ten years," said the newsletter BNET Healthcare. "That means it will hit $4.4 trillion in 2018."


The costs very well may be much more than that, because most experts estimate the cost of President Obama's plan to provide health insurance to Americans who currently don't have it at upwards of $150 billion a year.


Americans want the best health care in the world. We want it right now. And we want someone else to pay for it. But quality care is expensive. We can save some money by streamlining paperwork and limiting lawsuits. But there are only two ways to save large amounts of money. We can ration by price, or we can ration by queue. Currently, we do neither, which is chiefly why health care costs are soaring.


In countries, like England and Canada, where health care is "free," rationing is by queue. In England, expensive procedures are forbidden to many of the elderly. Canada doesn't formally deny old people expensive operations, but they have to wait so long to get them many die before the surgery can be performed.


The president wants to make our system more like Canada's. But to do this, and to save the big bucks he wants to save, Mr. Obama has to deny a host of expensive procedures to the elderly and the infirm. (In an interview with the New York Times magazine published April 14, the president mused about whether his grandmother should have been permitted to have a hip replacement.)


We need to get a grip on the high cost of dying. We'll spend between a third and half of all the money we spend on health care in the last six months of our lives. But it seems pretty cold to deny a potentially life saving procedure to someone just because he or she has reached a certain age.


The president knows most Americans don't want the government deciding what health care they can or cannot have, so he isn't talking about rationing — yet.


"The Obama team hopes that by enacting the expansions of coverage but not the needed cost-controls this year, they can create unalterable facts on the ground without having a real debate about rationing," wrote James Capretta and Yuval Levin. "Then in a year or two they will come back… and insist on stricter controls in the name of protecting the Treasury."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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