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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Jan. 9, 2007 / 19 Teves, 5767

A new license for illegal immigrants

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If it's wrong for illegal immigrants to have drivers' licenses, why should the state provide them with health care? That's the conundrum that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have to address as, after vetoing bills to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses, he pushes his plan to provide health care to all Californians, including illegal immigrants.

First, let me stipulate that Schwarzenegger deserves praise for attempting to tackle the thorny and thankless task of trying to provide health care for the 4.8 million Californians who lack health care at any given time. (You've seen the number 6.5 million, but that's for people who, according to the state, have lacked coverage "at some point" last year.) Also, Schwarzenegger is right to mandate that all Californians obtain health coverage.

As Team Arnold put it at Monday's press conference, his plan is based on "shared responsibility" and "shared benefit." Schwarzenegger deserves credit for increasing the Medi-Cal reimbursement to doctors and hospitals. For too long, Washington and Sacramento have dished out medical benefits without paying for them.

But Schwarzenegger was wrong when he said this about health coverage for illegal immigrants: "I don't think there is a question or debate that they ought to be covered." That argument was based on the fact that federal law already requires that hospitals provide emergency care for those who need it.

No one who needs emergency care can be turned away. So, Schwarzenegger extrapolated, providing nonemergency care is "realistic" and "not being in denial." "Realistic," according to the governor's office means that nearly 1 million undocumented workers will gain coverage if the package passes — 40,000 through their (illegal) jobs, 160,000 by purchasing individual coverage, and the remaining 750,000 would have their coverage paid for by the state. (Read: Your tax dollars.)

And those numbers do not take into account the attraction of guaranteeing health care to all residents — which, if you believe immigrants make smart economic decisions — is bound to lead to a surge in the number of illegal immigrants who come to California. More undocumented workers will send for their families to join them, and others will decide that free health care provides an added incentive to break the law.

Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee, warned of "unintended consequences" of the package. Will the package work as a magnet? Yes, he answered. And: "It doesn't necessarily mean we're talking about people from Mexico. It could be people from Nevada, too."

So when you hear Schwarzenegger boast that his package will "create a model that the rest of the nation can follow" — reach for your wallet. Various lobbies already are fighting over who pays for the plan. Schwarzenegger wants businesses that employ more than 10 workers to provide health coverage or pay 4 percent of payroll into an "in-lieu" fund that will bankroll health care for their workers. Schwarzenegger also wants to tax hospitals — 4 percent of gross revenues — and doctors — 2 percent of revenues. Team Arnold argues that because Medi-Cal payments will increase, health-care providers can absorb the new tax.

The rub: This is, as California Medical Association President Anmol S. Mahal put it, "a tax on those who are sick." The CMA also fears an exodus of employers from private benefit packages to the in-lieu pool— as the 4 percent fee just might save them money.

I fear that even at 4 percent, more employers will decide to hire off the books — which means illegal workers will continue to use the emergency room and hospitals will continue to pass costs onto those who pay for their health care. That's why part of the package should be funded by a sales tax — instead of a jobs tax and a health-care tax — because that is one tax illegal immigrants pay.

Better yet, don't provide health care — other than emergency and clinic care — to illegal immigrants. Because the unintended consequences could cost billions, and the state already is running in the red.

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