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 May 14, 2014 / 14 Iyar, 5774

More Than Talk Needed to Rescue Trapped Vets

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | Leave it to President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress to enact what they billed as "comprehensive" health reform and overlook the plight of 8.5 million veterans. That's what they did in 2010 when they passed Obamacare. It provides coverage for convicts and even for newcomers to this country with no waiting period, but it does nothing to help the nation's veterans, who have suffered waiting for care in the Veterans Affairs system for over 20 years.

This injustice can be fixed with a one-page bill that Congress should pass this week. Obamacare already offers bronze, silver, gold and platinum plans. Congress should add the red/white/blue plan for vets, with no premiums or deductibles for those who have been in combat.

Trapped vets waiting months for VA care shouldn't get their hopes up based on congressional investigations, hearings and empty promises that the backlog will be fixed. They need care, and for many who are waiting now, lives are at stake. Give them the option of enrolling in Obamacare at no cost, so they can go outside the broken VA system to be treated by civilian doctors and hospitals. Obamacare eventually should and will be repealed, but whatever reform replaces it should also guarantee combat vets a no-cost escape from the VA.

In April, the nation heard about dirty tricks used at the Phoenix VA medical center to conceal long waits for care. Whistleblower Dr. Sam Foote exposed how more than 1,400 vets had lingered on a secret waiting list and that 40 died waiting. Since then, more whistleblowers have reported harmful wait times and corrupt practices at VA medical centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and such Texas cities as Waco, San Antonio and Austin.

The American Legion and members of Congress have called for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. Obama says he stands behind him. Ridiculous. Though the deadly waiting predates Shinseki, he has led the department since 2009, long enough to have fixed it. The secretary needs to go, but that won't save the lives of vets currently waiting.

That's why Congress needs to do more than call for more investigations and demand that VA officials testify. Blah, Blah, Blah. All of that has been done many times before.

In 1996, Congress passed a law requiring vets needing care to be seen within 30 days. The General Accountability Office, a research service for Congress, reported in 2000 and again in 2001 about excessive waits. In 2007 and again in 2012, the VA's inspector general confirmed routine cheating at many VAs to hide waits. And last year, in March 2013, GAO health experts and American Legion investigators testified to Congress about the dirty tricks.

Congress should spare us more grandstanding and act now to help waiting vets by offering them the red/white/blue plan at minimal cost and offering those who have been in battle the plan for free.

Obamacare is a raw deal for most Americans, but it could be a godsend for vets. Three-fourths of Americans in Obamacare plans already had insurance, according to a new McKinsey survey. Now they are paying higher premiums (before subsidies), face deductibles double or triple what they had before, and can no longer use doctors and hospitals they used in the past.

But for many vets, an Obamacare plan would be a rescue from delayed care. The hitch is that their VA insurance has no premium or deductibles. Vets need a similar deal in Obamacare, not the whopping $3,000 or $5,000 deductibles in most exchange plans. After all, vets have already earned their health benefits.

Congress and Obama should get their priorities straight and put vets ahead of convicts. At least 35 percent of people eligible for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion are convicts or ex-convicts. Providing ex-cons with health coverage may help reduce recidivism. They have serious mental health and addiction problems. But so do veterans tormented by the horrors of war. Suicides by male veterans under 30 soared 44 percent in the last three years, according to VA data.

"There's probably a tidal wave of suicides coming," says Brian Kinsella, an Iraq war veteran who advocates for prevention. America should do everything it can to avert this crisis and give vets the health care they were promised.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.

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