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 Jan. 15, 2010 / 29 Teves 5770

Labor raised the ante

By David Broder

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The best thing about American labor leaders is that they don't beat around the bush. Judging from the reports I've heard from both sides, the union leaders who met with President Obama this week to air their concerns about the nearly finished health care reform bill lived up to that reputation.

They made their objections clear and they put them in a political context that no one could miss.

As a result, Obama and his White House faced the first real test of their values and their backbone — a decision that would signal to friend and foe alike what is ultimately important to this administration in domestic policy.

From the start of the long health care debate, Obama has insisted that in addition to extending insurance coverage to millions of Americans, any bill he signs must be designed to reduce health care costs for the bulk of those already insured.

Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation are chockablock with ideas for field trials and experiments with cost-saving ideas. But only the Senate version has something that the Congressional Budget Office and most outside experts think could — if it worked — produce billions of dollars of savings in the first decade after it passed.

Letter from JWR publisher

It is the proposal to slap a 40 percent excise tax on the most expensive of private health insurance plans, those that cost individuals more than $8,500 and families more than $23,000 in annual premiums. Early reports after a White House meeting on Thursday suggested a possible compromise that would raise the thresholds slightly and, for collectively bargained contracts, delay implementation. The discussions were part of the overall White House effort to reach a final compromise on the big health care bill.

Supporters say the effect of the excise tax would be to persuade companies and individuals to opt for cheaper policies with fewer benefits, thereby reducing the upward pressure that has kept medical prices growing much faster than overall inflation.

No one can guarantee those results, but the only alternative anyone in Congress could come up with was the one embedded in the House bill — a surtax on millionaires that would presumably have much less effect on medical inflation.

The CBO originally estimated that 31 million people would be subject to the initial Senate tax proposal and the number would grow rapidly, as the cost of health insurance continued to rise.

Less than half those people, it is believed, are union members covered by insurance policies negotiated with employers over the years. But the unions have taken the lead in protesting this part of the Senate plan, and the main point of their meeting with Obama was to back him off from his support for it.

As I heard from both sides, it was not a theoretical discussion. To reinforce their plea, the union leaders reminded Obama that in the 2008 campaign, he had criticized John McCain for advocating an even tougher tax on such high-dollar plans. An AFL-CIO official told Obama, "We did seven pieces of national mail warning our members that McCain wants to tax your health benefits. We can't tell them now that Obama is the one doing it."

To underline the threat, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka repeated to Obama a point he'd made earlier this week in a speech at the National Press Club, recalling what happened in 1994.

In that year, President Bill Clinton defied organized labor by pushing through Congress the North American Free Trade Agreement, strongly opposed by the unions. The NAFTA vote and the failure the same year to pass the health bill labor had supported led to a massive falloff in turnout by union members in the midterm election. And for the next 12 years, Democrats were the minority in the House and Senate.

Trumka warned publicly it could happen again. As another union official told me, "When this (health) bill passes, if our members find out their benefits will be reduced, they will be apoplectic. It would be like a stick of dynamite."

Others are not so sure. A pollster with strong union ties told me, "This election is going to be about jobs, not health care."

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