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  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Letters to the editor: ACA, mitzvot, fair trade chocolate and Noble Prizes

    December 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    First, Practice Mitzvot

    In “No Faith, No Jewish Future” (Nov. 6), Dennis Prager has it backward. The assiduous practice of mitzvot results in recognition of their foundation, not visa versa. Halachic adherence remains the key to growth in Orthodox Judaism. A 3-year-old child...

  • Pew finds Jews mostly liberal

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 23, 2013 | 11:46 am

    One of the most interesting findings of the respected Pew Research Center’s poll of American Jews was the continuing theme of Jewish liberalism and approval of Barack Obama’s performance — a vote of confidence in the president exceeded only by that of African-American Protestants...

  • Affordable Health Care Act explained

    By Ryan Torok

    October 2, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    As key features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — otherwise known as ACA or Obamacare — continue to go into effect, Shana Alex Lavarreda, a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is hopeful. She, more than many, understands the...

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  • Navigating the health care maze

    July 10, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Congressman Henry Waxman’s granddaughter recently introduced him to the acronym “YOLO.” It stands for “You Only Live Once” and is often used by young people as a justification to take chances. 

    Telling the story last month to a roomful of sympathetic seniors, the Democratic...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Chief executive officer of Bend the Arc

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    “This is a huge win for the American people,” said Alan van Capelle, chief executive officer of Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization. “The Supreme Court has validated the ACA [Affordable Care Act].”

    The court’s decision is good news for everybody, including...

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