In this issue

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 4, 2014 / 2 Adar II, 5774

Bullying and smearing victims of Dems' blunders are acts of moral cretins

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | Each day brings new reports of seriously ill patients losing their doctors; financially struggling families socked with huge health insurance premium increases; workers who've had their hours cut back or lost jobs because of Obamacare.

Twenty nine percent of respondents in a Kaiser health tracking poll Feb. 26 say they've been hurt by Obamacare; 17 percent say they've benefited from it.

The number negatively affected is sure to rise, because:

  • Two thirds of employees of small businesses will have their health insurance premiums hiked, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed Feb. 21.

  • CMS is contemplating regulations which would cancel low cost drug plans for 14 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage. They'd cost each affected senior up to $900 a year, estimates America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.

  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans cuts which will destroy thousands of jobs in the Home Care Providers industry; deprive tens of thousands of seniors of care in their homes, IBISWorld, an industry research firm, reported Feb. 25.

New problems keep cropping up:

  • A provision requiring grocery stores to post the calorie content of the food items they sell will cost about $1 billion a year, the Food Marketing Institute estimates, an enormous burden on an industry where profit margins average about 1 percent.

  • Andrew Robinson of Orlando, Florida discovered he can't afford the Obamacare policy he signed up for. He's spent six weeks and more than 50 hours on the phone trying, unsuccessfully, to cancel it, WFTV reported Feb. 27.

  • Doctors' offices must spend hours to verify coverage of patients who bought insurance on Obamacare exchanges, the Kaiser Health News Service reported. Patients can't schedule appointments until this is done.

The federal government has spent $1.2 billion to subsidize troubled state health care exchanges. But heartbreaking stories like these make the mammoth waste of taxpayers' money almost not worth mentioning:

  • Ellie Porter, 6, of Kaysville, Utah, was halfway through her radiation treatments for pediatric cancer when her health insurance was cancelled. Her treatment was interrupted because Obamacare's web site troubles kept her parents from getting new insurance in a timely fashion. The only options available cost twice as much as they were paying before.

  • Julie Boonstra, a single mom in Dexter, Michigan, has leukemia. The health insurance policy she got after Obamacare cancelled hers has a lower premium, but much higher copays. "Now the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she said.

  • Catherine Blackwood of Virginia Beach, Va. has carcinoid cancer. After Obamacare cancelled her health insurance, she couldn't find another which will cover the cost of the medications which keep her alive. The most important one -- Sandostatin -- costs about $7,000 a month.

Two thirds of the roughly 300,000 Americans who got insurance through state run high risk plans had their policies cancelled.

"For some of the high-risk members, it's a matter of life or death," Tanya Case, executive director of the National Association of State High Risk Pools, told the Washington Post.

"We have many members who are on specialty medications that they have no way of affording on their own."

So far, 6.3 million Americans have had their health insurance policies cancelled because of Obamacare.

More than 100 stories like Ellie's and Julie's and Catherine's have appeared in local media since Oct.1. "All of them are untrue," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, said Feb 25. "Stories made up from whole cloth."

"Denied medication, their long-term doctors, and having premiums and deductibles soar, every day Americans are now told they're faking it," said Ed Morrissey of the Fiscal Times.

Ms. Boonstra complained in an ad about the loss of her health insurance. If you run it, you could lose your broadcast licenses, Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich, who is running for the Senate, threatened television stations.

Mr. Peters was inside his Bloomfield Hills residence when Ms. Boonstra went there Feb. 25 to ask him why he was sliming her and trying to shut her up, but didn't answer the door.

Their smug assumption of moral superiority has been a factor in the electoral success of Democrats, is critical to their self image. Bullying and smearing the victims of their blunders are the acts of moral cretins.

And calling the millions of Americans who've suffered at their hands liars isn't very good politics either, I suspect Democrats will discover.


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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.

© 2014, Jack Kelly