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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 December 11, 2013 / 8 Teves, 5774

Corporations Are Liable, Shouldn't the Government Be Too?

By Diane Dimond




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So, ponder this hypothetical case.

A corporation comes up with a feel-good project that's designed to help people. Corporate PR teams talk up the altruistic nature of the plan. The campaign attracts more than $400 million in private investment money. Everyone is super excited to see the finished product.

When the corporation finally rolls out the super-hyped project, it is immediately clear that it is a stupendous dud. Promises have been broken, long term goals are unlikely to be met and investors are screaming mad that they had been so roundly deceived.

"Someone must pay!"

"Damn corporations, always feeding off the public!"

"Someone should go to jail for perpetrating such a scheme!"

In this scenario, the U.S. Justice Department would likely launch an investigation for fraud, racketeering and other criminal offenses. Top corporate executives would become household names — uttered with contempt for how they had so adroitly duped the public out of their hard-earned money.

Okay, now. With that set-up in mind, replace the "corporation" with the team in Washington that ushered in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and what have we got? Calls for accountability or an investigation? Not by a long shot.

We've gotten apologies, handwringing and promises to fix the horrendously malfunctioning website. The architects of the $400 million-plus government program have pretty much ignored questions about problems discovered since Obamacare launched. The questions have nothing to do with computer glitches and everything to do with built-in systemic flaws.

Let's be honest. There is a lot more wrong with the ACA than just that poorly designed and executed website.

At the very least, I'd like to know who made the call to hire CGI — a Canadian-based computer firm — to design a website representing an American president's legacy program. CGI is a firm with a sketchy reputation for large-scale computer designs. In 2012, the company failed to build and launch a $46.2 million diabetes registry in Canada.

Who in the world thought that just a year later CGI could handle designing a $98 million dollar Obamacare website — more than double the amount of the botched project they left behind in Canada? Didn't anyone in Washington vet this company's past performance record?

During ragingly partisan congressional hearings this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized to consumers for the "flawed launch" of HealthCare.gov, but said she had nothing to do with choosing CGI.

As a taxpayer whose money was used to fund this thing, I'd like to have a name, please.

And I'd like someone — maybe Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill who rammed through Obamacare — to answer questions about the fairness of the system. Like, who came up with the bright idea that struggling young people should be forced to shoulder an unbalanced premium burden or face government fines?

Or this question: Will those who sign up for the program really get good medical care when countless top hospitals and doctors, nationwide, say they plan to refuse to participate?

And why are a shocking number of Americans already getting cancellation notices from their private insurance companies — hundreds of thousands of cancellations so far. I thought Obamacare was designed to put people on the insurance rolls, not kick them off.

What was it the President has been promising?

"If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

"No matter what you've heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it."

And my personal favorite: "Americans must have the freedom to keep whatever doctor and health care plan they have."

Yeah, right. Tell me, how could the president be so wrong about a major feature of his pet project?

The consultancy firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates estimates that of the 19 million Americans covered in the individual insurance market, about 16 million of them have plans that do not measure up to Obamacare's stringent new rules. Those plans without the "essential benefits," like coverage for substance abuse, mental health or maternity services are being cancelled — stranding citizens in a sea of doubt about what to do next.

Now there are reports that the Administration realized well in advance that, once ACA went into effect, most private insurance companies would be forced to cancel millions of American's policies.

Yet, the president kept promising no one would lose his or her health care plan.

This program is going to cost millions of us more than just the hundreds of millions earmarked to launch it. The Manhattan Institute has studied the practical effect of Obamacare and reports that, as customers struggle to replace their cancelled policies, they'll face out-of-pocket premium increases that average 62% for women and a mind-boggling 99% increase for men.

Look, I wish life was completely fair and everyone had cradle-to-grave high quality health insurance. But that's never going to happen. There has to be a better way than the path we're on. And take it from me; the inherent problems with Obamacare are not going to smooth out over time. It's likely they could get worse.

It is simply not fair to punish the majority in an effort to provide the minority with health insurance.

It is time to set aside all the political in fighting surrounding this fundamentally flawed program. Looking at it through common sense glasses, it is plain to see ACA has boondoggle written all over it. It is time to start talking about how to either fix it or toss it out and go back to the drawing table.

We are so quick to demand corporate responsibility — and swift punishment — when we perceive consumers have been had. Why are we so reticent to hold the government to the same standard? After all, we're paying the bill.


Previously:


12/09/13 Life After a Tabloid Scandal
12/11/11 The Cult of the Disgraced and Misplaced
11/03//11 Sunshine Laws Putting Citizens at Risk
10/27//11 Do Prisoners Deserve Free Medical Treatment?
10/17//11 No Justice From Justice
10/12//11 Paying the Price --- Twice
09/26/11 When is Photography a Crime?
09/19/11 Laws to Catch Up With Science

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