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 August 18, 2009 / 28 Menachem-Av 5769

About Canada — Health Care and More

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A comedian once said that visiting Canada was like rummaging in your attic. "You go up there and say 'Wow, there's all this neat stuff up here! There are mountains and rivers and cities." And a parliament and a television network.

It is a fact of life — sad or not I leave to readers — that most Americans have no strong feelings about our northern neighbor because we often forget entirely that Canada exists.

Having just returned from a nine-day trip to "Beautiful British Columbia" (it's on their license plates) I can attest that there is much to admire in Canada. BC abundantly deserves its moniker. The mountains plunging down to the sea are a very spectacular effect, augmented by acres of flowers both wild and cultivated. Western Canadians are wonderfully friendly and accommodating people — though the PC atmosphere is occasionally stifling. Everything from coffee cups to sightseeing busses carries the preface "eco." The so-called First Nations (Indians until the 1980s) get lavish amounts of attention (much of it patronizing) out of proportion to their percentage of the population (4.4). A video screen outside of the Vancouver exhibition hall trumpets the region's allures, including this testimonial: "Who said 'When I'm in Canada I feel that this is the way the whole world should operate?' Jane Fonda." Swell.

Canada is a good neighbor and perhaps deserves more appreciation from us. But for as long as some Americans, including the most noisome portion of the Democratic Party, insist upon citing Canada's single-payer health care system as a model for the United States, even those of us who would prefer to be lauding the magnificence of the northern dominion must demur.

Here's a cautionary tale from last week's Canadian Press. The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Anne Doig, has described the health system as in crisis. "(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now — if it keeps on going without change — is not sustainable," she said. "… We all agree that the system is imploding. We all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize."

President Obama set out to reform health care not because Americans were clamoring to profoundly change our system, but because he wishes to transform the relationship between the individual and the state. The Congressional Budget Office has punctured the risible claim that a Democratic revamp of the American health care system would save money over the long haul. The president is now losing momentum as his ungrounded promises run smack into certain realities. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of Americans are satisfied with the health care they receive. And surprisingly, even 70 percent of the uninsured reported themselves as either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their health care.

Canadians, researcher John R. Lott reports, were asked the same questions in a Harris survey. "In most comparisons, Canadians were more satisfied than uninsured Americans, but just barely, and they were nowhere near as satisfied as insured Americans." Seventy-seven percent of insured Americans were happy with their ability to access timely non-emergency care. Only 60 percent of Canadians were. And while large majorities of Canadians say they prefer their system to ours, far more Canadians than Americans (26 percentage points difference) express frustration at not being able to "see top-quality medical specialists."

A 2001 survey of Canadian doctors, cited in "National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada: Race, Territory, and the Roots of Difference" by Gerard William Boychuk, found that they rated their system more critically than American doctors do ours. Whereas 72 percent of American doctors rated emergency room care as good or excellent, only 51 percent of Canadians said as much. Hospital administrators in the U.S. rated 88 percent of intensive care units as good/excellent compared with 70 percent of Canadian; 81 percent of operating theaters compared with 62 percent Canadian; and diagnostic and imaging technology 84 percent compared with 49 percent Canadian.

Since the 2005 ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court that Quebec could not lawfully forbid a citizen from paying privately for medical care, private clinics have begun to spring up around Canada (though it varies by province).

Canada is a nice country. For their sake, I hope their medical delivery system continues to evolve toward more competition. I hope the same for ours.

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