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 Oct. 21, 2013/ 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

The news media focus more now on GOP dissension, but Obamacare's troubles aren't going away

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The furor over the government "shutdown" has distracted attention from the Obamacare rollout.

After support for the GOP plummeted to all-time lows in two polls last week, Democrats sent a fruit basket to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, its architect. "Thanks to you, Obamacare is more popular and the GOP is less so," said the card. "Keep up the good work!!"

Byron York of the Washington Examiner lamented, "Instead of pounding Obama on the mandates, defects, false promises and expense of Obamacare, Republicans ended up pounding themselves."

The news media focus more now on GOP dissension, but Obamacare's troubles aren't going away. Such media attention as there's been has focused on "glitches" in the websites of Obamacare exchanges.

"Many and perhaps most users can't even get into the federal exchange system. Those who can are often stymied by errors and can't trust that any subsidized insurance prices they see will be accurate. And then, even if they do manage to get all the way through the system, their applications may not transmit properly to the insurers from whom they are trying to purchase insurance. In short, nothing works," summarized Peter Suderman of Reason magazine.

The Chicago Tribune reported that, thanks to Obamacare, nurse practitioner Adam Weldzius, 33, will have to pay twice as much next year for the coverage he has now.

At a rally against Obamacare, Jennifer Most of Allentown -- who is disabled and lives on a fixed income -- told a local TV station that the Obamacare website indicated she would have to pay $947.63 next year for health insurance, $765 more than this year. She said this would force her to choose between health insurance and putting food on the table.

"Of course I want people to have health care," Obama voter Cindy Vinson told the San Jose Mercury News when she learned she'd have to pay $1,800 more next year for health insurance. "I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."

The cheapest plan will be 99 percent more expensive for men, 62 percent more expensive for women than the cheapest plans are now, according to a Manhattan Institute study (although coverage will be different and subsidies will be available on a sliding income scale).

Obamacare exchange websites crash so much because they were designed backward. Typically when you shop online, you just start browsing products and prices before you buy. But Healthcare.gov makes you give them lots of personal information before it lets you see what your choices are and how much each costs. It takes time to fill out the forms, so Obamacare websites crash under a volume of traffic many blogs handle with ease.

The administration did this deliberately so you wouldn't get sticker shock right away, asserts Avik Roy, a health care expert with the Manhattan Institute.

People must sign up by Dec. 15 to be covered Jan. 1 and by Feb. 15 to avoid paying a fine for not having health insurance. If the system isn't "running at full speed" by Nov. 15, Obamacare implementation should be delayed a year, said Megan McArdle, an economics writer for Bloomberg News.

It will take months to fix the software and architecture problems, most experts think. There is no fix for sticker shock.

For Obamacare to be financially viable, 7 million people -- at least 2.7 million of them healthy young adults -- must sign up, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. But only 51,000 signed up the first week, the London Daily Mail estimates. At that rate, signing up 7 million would take more than two and a half years.

President Obama will have to delay the individual mandate, because "people can't be fined for not having something that they can't purchase," predicts Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who blogs for Forbes.

"Without the individual mandate, Obamacare unravels," notes Mark Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute. "The only way the law works is if the government forces young, healthy people into it by threatening them with penalties for not carrying health insurance."

So, now that the "shutdown" is over, Americans likely will remember more fondly how hard Republicans fought Obamacare. And long after they've forgotten the terms on which the shutdown ended, Americans will remember that to score partisan political points during it, the president inflicted pain upon them.

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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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