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  • FDR: Hero or enemy of the Jews?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 18, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    When I resolved to enter into the public conversation about “FDR and the Jews” by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman (Belknap Press, $29.95), a much-talked-about book, I was reminded of the disenchantment that some Democrats felt toward President Obama when he abandoned the...

  • 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...

  • The Two Schools of Healthcare

    By Shmully Schwartz

    March 13, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Medicare, Obamacare, Paul Ryan and President Obama are going head to head on the budget, and they are refusing to budge on entitlements. 

    Is it November?  No. I just checked my calendar and it's March 13, 2013.  President Obama was inaugurated in January and the elections...

  • A note to Jewish grandparents

    November 1, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I believe there is a unique bond between grandparents and grandchildren. We look out for each other. We have each other’s backs.

    This year, the Romney-Ryan ticket and much of the Republican Party have been attempting to divide our generations, pitting one against the other.

    We...

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  • On the issues: Obama and Romney on abortion, Iran, Israel and more

    October 29, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    JTA reviews the positions of presidential candidates Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on some issues of importance to the Jewish community.

    ABORTION

    

Obama:

    Obama says he is “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose” and...

  • How to lose the next debate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3. Photo by REUTERS/Michael Reynolds

    A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote a “Romney Wins First Debate” column, I didn’t think I was going out...

  • First presidential debate spotlights economy, health care

    October 4, 2012 | 9:02 am

    President Obama and Mitt Romney focused on revenue and spending, with an emphasis on health care, in their first presidential debate. 

    With the focus on the economy, foreign policy was mentioned only in passing as the candidates squared off Wednesday at the University of Denver.

    ...
  • JFS awarded Obamacare contract to reduce hospital readmissions

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 5, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles is heading up a collaborative effort, funded by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions for Medicare patients. The newly formed Los Angeles-Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative will involve three...

  • Opinion: Obama, Jewish tradition agree on universal health care

    July 30, 2012 | 10:29 am

    “My son, the doctor.”

    Why does every Jewish mother have to have a doctor in the family? It might be because the immigrant mentality desperately desires a secure and well-paid profession, but in fact, there is a deeper reason why Jewish mothers want a doctor son.

    The value of health...

  • Tough slog ahead for implementing affordable care

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 18, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    If Barack Obama is re-elected as president, the overriding purpose of his second term will be the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Implementation and the use of executive power have not been Obama’s strengths, but he is going to have to get better very quickly. A powerful...

  • Letters to the Editor: Israel, health care, education

    July 11, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    The Promised Land: To Whom Was It Promised?

    David Suissa compellingly observes that the principal motivator of anti-Israel sentiment is the charge of “occupier” (“Note to Boycotters: Israel Is Not a Thief,” July 6). But then he quotes me as refuting that charge, by way of...

  • A good deed for health care in a weary world

    July 9, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is far more than a narrow legal decision. It is a decisive affirmation of what is right. Health care surely is right—and a right.

    This issue is highly personal, hitting home for me much as it did for tens of millions of...

  • Jewish groups largely applaud health care ruling

    July 2, 2012 | 11:08 am

    American Jewish groups—with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition—were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote.

    Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council for Jewish Women, was...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION – Jews React: Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform

    June 29, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    Rabbi David Saperstein released the following statement:

    Today is a bright day for our nation, and, especially, for those whose access to health care is fragile. Today’s historic ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a victory for those whose believe, as...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION—Jews Respond: Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women

    June 29, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    “The US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge victory for women and families across the country. This ruling means that women, seniors, children, young adults, the poor – in fact, the vast majority of the population—will reap the benefits...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Spokesperson for Los Angeles’ Saban Free Clinic

    By Ryan Torok

    June 29, 2012 | 11:30 am

    “Obviously we’re very excited over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold this important law. We applaud theirdecision and think it’s a huge step forward for our patients and the community,” Ray said.

    “The Saban Free Clinic will continue to gear up for full health care...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Rabbi Elliot Dorff

    June 29, 2012 | 10:37 am

    American individualism, at the root of some of the great blessings of freedom and pluralism of our country, is also the ultimate cause over the last half century of our inability as a nation to come together to provide health care for us all, in shameful contrast to all the other...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, never thought the health care system needed much reform.

    “Thank God, the United States has always been a destination for people from all over the world to come here to receive the best...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Beverly Hills cardiologist and internist

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Beverly Hills cardiologist and internist Dr. Reed Wilson – a former member of the Republican Jewish Coalition who helped found its Los Angeles chapter – called the mandate “an amazing breach of the American trust.” Moreover, he said, the law’s finer print contains “rules...

  • 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...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: One LA community organizer

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    Skip Koenig, a Temple Judea congregant and co-chair of the community organizing group One LA’s health strategy team. Koenig said he is “thrilled” and “excited” about the court’s decision to uphold the mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance.

    But...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO & President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, had surgery to alleviate arthritis in her neck in December 2010.

    Stuck in bed for 35 days, she read the entire Affordable Care Act – all 2,080 pages of it. She has since read it again so she knows it well, and she...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Jewish Family Service CEO

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles CEO Paul Castro lauded the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying it will benefit JFS’s target population.

    “For our clients, who are on the poorer end, we’re...

  • Supreme Court upholds most of Obama’s health care law

    June 28, 2012 | 10:39 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting in the majority.

    The Court upheld the most controversial provision of the law that required all American citizens to purchase health...

  • Praying over the Supreme Court’s health care decision

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 28, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As I suspect everyone knows, the big news this morning was the Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act as constitutional. Well, everyone except for CNN. You can read the full opinion here (PDF).

    Based on pictures and comments, it was quite the scene outside 1 First Street as...

  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obama healthcare law centerpiece

    June 28, 2012 | 8:54 am

    A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

    “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals...

  • The Other Choo

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 9, 2012 | 11:54 am

    The Other Choo

  • Moral hazards and the health care debate

    April 3, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Last week, many of us followed with much anxiety the Supreme Court debate about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, referred to in some circles as “Obamacare.”

    Of great interest to the average American was the challenge to the requirement that almost all Americans...

  • Obamacare’s heated day at Supreme Court: Kagan, Ginsburg attempt to aid defense of the law

    March 27, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    The Supreme Court appeared closely divided along ideological lines during tense arguments over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday, with conservative justices vigorously questioning the Obama administration’s lawyer on whether Congress had the power to require people...

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