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 12, 2011 / 12 Menachem-Av, 5771

Hope, change and free birth control for all

By Deroy Murdock

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | To understand how the Obama administration is running America into the ground, consider the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Aug. 1 decree ordering, essentially, free birth control pills for all women. Through this brand-new entitlement -- announced the very day that Congress voted to "reduce" the national debt -- Washington mandates more giveaways, not just to poor women but to every American female, regardless of employment, income or trust fund.

By next Aug. 1, ObamaCare will require insurers to cover the pill. Further, HHS guidelines state that health plans may not "charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance or deductible. ..." Thus, the pill will be free to women. This goodie is neither focused nor affluence tested. If Kim Kardashian and Katie Couric want the pill, by Jove, they will get it free, too. Indeed, by hyperactively demanding such services for women of all means, Team Obama will squander scarce resources and, perversely, misdirect funds that could help needy women so that Paris Hilton can get her freak on, gratis.

Most federally funded, state-run Medicaid programs already finance the pill for poor women, usually free or with co-payments as low as $1. So, this new regulation shifts these negligible costs and extends these gifts to middle-class and prosperous females.

"Women currently pay between $15 and $50 a month in co-pays for birth control pills -- which equals $180 to $600 a year!" a writer named Serena complained on Feminists for Choice's website. Even that higher figure bankrupts no one, and 48 cents to $1.61 seems like a reasonable daily price for hot, pregnancy-free sex.

Why on earth is the Obama administration forbidding from recovering some of the expense for the pill from well-heeled women? As with other benefits that insurers are compelled to offer -- but now with neither co-payments nor deductibles to help absorb that burden -- government will lob that cost onto everyone else who does not use those services. Free pills for all women; higher premiums for all.

ObamaCare's perks go far beyond the pill. According to HHS guidelines, insured women can demand all of the following, free of co-payment, independent of income:

  • Well-woman visits to doctors, including preconception and prenatal care

  • Human papillomavirus tests

  • Sexually transmitted infection counseling

  • HIV screening and counseling

  • "All Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."

  • "Breast-feeding support, supplies and counseling. Comprehensive lactation support and counseling, by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period, and costs for renting breast-feeding equipment."

Obama's mandate likely will decelerate rather than turbocharge the pharmaceutical conveyor belt for new and improved contraceptives.

"When the Health and Human Services Department is monitoring and perhaps indirectly dictating health insurance premiums, the government will impose significant pressure for drug companies to keep higher-cost pills 'affordable,' since the government will pay for them," explains Merrill Matthews Jr., Ph.D., a health policy expert and resident scholar at Dallas' Institute for Policy Innovation. "That trend would discourage contraceptive innovation because pharmaceutical companies could not recapture their R&D costs."

So, what about men? Where are the free condoms? Why must males pay for HIV tests, while women soon won't? Female tubal ligation will be free of co-payments. Men who get vasectomies better bring their wallets.

Also troubling: Obama's new mandate will force pro-life Americans to pay the indirect cost of birth-control pills, some of which act as abortifacients that kill embryos by stymieing their attachment to uterine walls. These rules likewise will compel gay Americans to underwrite pills that only benefit practicing heterosexuals. Social justice, anyone?

Thanks to ObamaCare, Americans "with cancer, a heart ailment or a major injury will face co-pays and deductibles, but anyone who wants to go on the pill or rent breastfeeding equipment won't incur any personal cost -- and nobody will be free to decide otherwise," Jeffrey Anderson lamented Aug. 4 on WeeklyStandard.com. "This is what politicized medicine looks like."

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.


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