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 17, 2011 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5771

Why Obamacare won't control births

By Jay Ambrose

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you care about Obamacare, you have to care about all its possible inflictions, many of which were unknown when the 2,500-page act was passed amidst Democratic horror at opposing Republicans said to hate the sick and want them dead.

More mildly, the Republicans contended the disclosed parts of the bill would increase the debt, turn more of the economy over to clumsy, harmful government intervention, mangle health care while hiking its costs, raise taxes, abridge the Constitution and increase joblessness through employer fears of outlays and complications to come.

Also worrisome, some would say, were the bits and pieces that might emerge. We’ve just learned of a new one. Within a year, the law will require health insurance companies to provide contraceptives free of any co-pay.

Sounds good, right? I mean, distinguished investigators said the provision will prevent millions of unwanted pregnancies, saving money and making everyone happy. Watch out, however, because the facts do not get you from here to there. What’s more, the underlying premise is that intrusive, all-wise government is a perfect substitute for common sense and self-responsibility, and, as history has proved repeatedly, it’s not. This new provision is a brainchild that should never have been conceived. Understand, first off, that the chief change of this particular provision is elimination of any co-payments, which will do nothing to increase contraceptive use. State regulators and courts long ago mandated that insurance companies provide birth control coverage to anyone in need, as the Associated Press reminds us. And, a federally sponsored study shows, just about everyone who has any chance of getting pregnant already purchases or otherwise obtains contraceptives.

Condoms these days can pretty much be had for the asking, depending on where you ask. The insurance co-pay on generic birth control pills is reported to be $5 to $15 monthly, but some generics can be had for $9 a month even without insurance. Intrauterine devices can be purchased for as low as $175 and last for as long as 12 years ($14.58 a year, or not much more than $1 a month). Medicaid takes care of the impoverished.

Don’t forget that, in addition to modernity’s technological breakthroughs, nature long ago provided means to avoid bringing babies into the world, if that’s your wish — the rhythm method for women with regular menstrual cycles and the withdrawal method (coitus interruptus), which is, to be sure, an imperfect methodology. Abstinence is free and a perfect methodology — teenagers ought to give it a try.

So with all of this available, why any unwanted pregnancies? Mainly, varied accounts tell us, it’s carelessness, as in not taking that pill when you’re supposed to, and carelessness does not go away with the elimination of copayment assistance, as you would think even a distinguished investigator would deduce.

What will happen instead is that everyone with health insurance will get stuck with still more premium boosts, including those just making ends meet, and every woman in need will be eligible for the benefits, including those with millions and billions. Isn’t it interesting about liberals? They want to tax the rich to penury even as they extend welfare to them — maybe because they think they will achieve their penury wish?

You figure it out.

The political style has consequences for one and all. President Barack Obama pledged that Obamacare would lower health premiums annually by $2,500. An expert’s article on this also underlined that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would actually raise annual premiums by $2,100 a year.

There is one thing to be grateful for, namely that we don’t have bedroom bureaucrats paid to tap you on the shoulder at inconvenient moments to find out if sufficient precautions have been taken. But don’t be too sure this innovation will never come our way. There are still distinguished investigators out there and still more bits and pieces of Obamacare to get revealed.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


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