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Obamacare’s constitutional issue

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Justice Kennedy of the US Supreme Court argued that Obamacare’s demand or requirement that individuals must purchase health insurance changes the relation between government and citizen in a “profound way.”  If so, then it means that Obamacare invoked a provision that is at the “constitutional” level but which is not constitutionally based. That is, to make that sort of provision possible, one would need a constitutional amendment. That is where the big contention lies.

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Categories: News, Politics, United States

Netanyahu-Obama meeting

I’d rather be cautiously pessimistic about Bibi’s (Netanyahu) meeting with Obama. Although the Palestinian issue is dead and off the table this time around — as pointed out by today’s Jerusalem Post article — their priorities and timelines regarding Iran are quite different. First, Obama seems to be willing to wait until Iran enriches uranium to 90% before taking military action, while Bibi would hardly support waiting that long – the zone of immunity being much earlier than Iran’s reaching 90% enrichment. Secondly, Obama wants to wait for the sanctions to ‘work’ while Bibi and Ehud Barak are not convinced that it is affecting Iran’s nuclear progress. On both counts Bibi is quite correct — as the November 2011 and February 2012 IAEA reports showed. Obama has to understand where Bibi is coming from. My prayers to Bibi. G-d speed.