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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 2, 2010 / 16 Adar 5770

Fatally flawed and finally finished

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama talked a lot at his health care summit — 119 minutes, as compared to 114 minutes for the 20 other Democrats in attendance combined, and 110 minutes for the 17 Republicans combined.


When you talk so much, there's a chance you'll say something stupid.


Mr. Obama told an anecdote he said helped shape his view that the government must tell health insurance companies what benefits they must provide.


"When I was young, had just got out of college, I had to buy auto insurance," the president said. "I had a beat up old car. And I won't name the name of the insurance company, but there was a company, let's call it Acme Insurance, in — in Illinois. And I was paying my premiums every month. After about six months I got rear-ended, and I called up Acme and said, 'You know, I'd like to see if I can get my car repaired.' And they laughed at me over the phone.


"Because, really, this was set up not actually to provide insurance, what it was set up was to meet the legal requirements. But it really wasn't serious insurance.


"Now it's one thing if you've got a beat up old car that you can't get fixed. It's another thing if your kid is sick or you've got breast cancer."


It seems apparent from this anecdote — Mr. Obama's insurance "was set up to meet the legal requirements" — is that the insurance Mr. Obama had on his beat up old car was liability insurance, which is all that is required by law in Illinois and most other states.


The purpose of liability insurance — as virtually every driver except Mr. Obama knows — is to protect other drivers from injuries or damage you may cause, not to protect you. If you want to protect yourself, you need to buy collision insurance, too. So if the only insurance Mr. Obama had on his beat up old car was liability insurance, it's no wonder his insurance company "laughed at me over the phone" when he asked them to pay for repairs to his car. If you only pay for liability insurance, you only get liability insurance. If Mr. Obama had gone into a restaurant and ordered a hamburger, he shouldn't be indignant because he wasn't served a steak.


The anecdote suggests Mr. Obama didn't know what kind of insurance he had, which reflects more poorly on him than it does on his insurance company.

Letter from JWR publisher


The health care summit was supposed to jump start a final push for Obamacare. It didn't work out that way, because the conception was flawed.


The major Democratic talking point has been that Republicans are abominable "no" men — obstructionists with no reform ideas of their own.


This line of attack was working, despite the fact that Republicans have plenty of ideas, because the news media didn't report them. The health care summit provided Republicans with a much larger audience for their ideas than they'd ever had before.


"We had a chance on Thursday actually to display some of our brightest, most knowledgeable Republicans," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN Sunday. "It was actually very good for us because it certainly refuted the notion that Republicans are not interested in this subject and not knowledgeable about it and don't have alternatives."


With the health care summit a fizzle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on the talk shows Sunday to rally the troops. This turned out to be as poor an idea as the health care summit, because she said some amazing things.


On CNN's "State of the Union" program, the Speaker said Obamacare is "bipartisan" even if no Republican votes for it.


Obamacare is so important that if a few pawns must be sacrificed in order to get it enacted, so be it, Ms. Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week" program.


"We're not here just to self perpetuate our service in Congress," Ms. Pelosi said after reporter Elizabeth Vargas had noted Obamacare's unpopularity.


The pawns may not share her enthusiasm.


"It's unclear whether Pelosi's remarks will embolden or chill dozens of moderate House Democrats who face withering criticism of the health care proposal in visits with constituents and in national polls," said the Associated Press.


"Blue dogs want health care to come up again," a long time veteran of the House told Clark Judge of the White House Writers Group, "so they can vote against it."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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