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The Chicago Rules for Negotiating with Health Insurance Companies and Israel

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It would seem that there is no connection between Obamacare and the dire situation in the Middle East.   However, I would maintain that there is indeed a major connection.  The Obama administration has openly demonstrated in ways that all can see that it is not bound by any sense of ethics or laws, especially not by the Constitution.   Mr. Obama and his loyal staff took pride in the passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act by Congress and then proceeded to ignore and amend the act as they saw fit.  They have actually amended the act at least twenty times in very significant ways. The president and all of his minions in the executive branch have no legitimate power to take such action.  Zero power.

Among the many criticisms of their unconstitutional and illegal actions regarding Obamacare was this recent clear declaration in sworn congressional testimony by liberal law professor Jonathan Turley: “The danger is quite severe.  The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system.  He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. ”

The latest set of such outrages involved the Obama officials suggesting to American insurance companies that on January 1, 2014, they simply assume that premiums have been paid and that applicants are properly registered even in the absence of solid documentation. Thus, we have clear proof that our vast, wonderful country is being led by a group of officials who are bound by no laws and no set of ethics – and who, on top of that, are truly incompetent.  To put a fine point on the matter, we must admit that this is an American nightmare.

There is only one saving grace in the face of that nightmare — the serial outrages regarding Obamacare are often fully reported as they happen in our media and in congressional hearings.  However, it is much more difficult to learn what is actually happening in the closed meetings involving John Kerry and Bibi Netanyahu in the Middle East. Kerry just reported that great progress was being made between the Israelis and the Palestinians looking toward a comprehensive settlement in the near future.

It is at this juncture that my fears come to the fore – and so also should the fears of all sensible people.  As the leopard cannot change its spots, so also Mr. Kerry and the entire American negotiating team in Israel do not know how to operate differently in Jerusalem than they do in Washington.  They follow Chicago rules, which focus on winning and imposing their visions regardless of ethics or laws or practicalities. And remember our negotiating leopards are wickedly (an adjective based in the Boston dialect) incompetent beasts. They are losers to the core.

Obama and Netanyahu

The standard American position on the proper final comprehensive settlement would involve trusting the good intentions of the Palestinian leaders, creating a true Palestinian state, ceding East Jerusalem and the West Bank to the Arabs, moving Israel back close to the 1967 borders with a few land swaps, and allowing some Arab refugees back into Israel. That is also the position of the Europeans and of many liberal Israelis and American Jews.

Such a settlement will practically destroy Israel even though it has the support of many powerful governments and opinion leaders, including many in America. My fear is that Kerry and Obama are quietly telling the Israelis that they have no choice – take this suicidal deal or totally lose American support now and even in a future conflict with, say, Iran. It seems impossible to believe that American leaders could impose such a destructive policy on our only true ally in this unstable and explosive region.

Yet it is just as impossible to believe that our leaders could be so blindly incompetent as to impose the Affordable Car Act on the hapless American people – and to constantly lie about its true destructive impact.