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  • What a GOP Senate would mean for the Jewish communal agenda

    3 weeks ago

    Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

    Jewish strategies, however, will remain...

  • Obama: Lies and Consequences

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    We teach our kids two things about honesty: One, that “honesty is the best policy,” which means that, ultimately, it’s in one’s interest to be honest. An honest reputation is good for business, telling the truth will keep you out of trouble, and so on.

    Parents who aim even higher...

  • Wounded Syrians find care in Israel that is no longer available at home

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Last February, nearly two years into the civil war still tearing across Syria, a group of seven wounded Syrians dragged themselves to the Israeli border, where they were picked up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and rushed to the nearest hospital.

    It was the first public...

  • Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

    October 16, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity on Wednesday.

    Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved...

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  • U.S. lawmakers close to deal on debt ceiling, reopening government

    October 16, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The U.S. Senate appeared ready to announce a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default.

    But even if the Senate and House of Representatives manage to overcome procedural hurdles to seal...

  • Critical California health insurance coverage

    October 4, 2013 | 10:29 am

    As states across the country prepare for the rollout of health insurance coverage the state of California has become a leader. While some states have chosen not to provide a system for their residents to access affordable health care, California has set up Covered California, a...

  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

    ...
  • Obama blames government shutdown on ‘ideological crusade’

    October 1, 2013 | 11:07 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running and to raise the nation's borrowing cap without conditions.

    "They've shut down the government over...

  • Obama prepares for government shutdown, hopes for deal

    September 30, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.

    With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House...

  • Sequester shenanigans

    September 30, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The federal budget for fiscal year 2013 expires September 30, and a new one is nowhere in sight. The arbitrary and capricious cuts of the sequester begun in March are slated to continue for ten years unless Congress acts. The national debt ceiling must be raised in mid-October, and...

  • Bet Tzedek conflict over employees’ health insurance

    By Ryan Torok

    September 18, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    The chant coming from Bet Tzedek Legal Services employees and their supporters as they marched on the streets of Koreatown on Aug. 22 was unified: “All day, all night, health care is a human right.”

    For the past several months, the employees have been fighting with the pro bono...

  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • The Ins and Outs of Group Health Insurance

    By Shmully Schwartz

    April 24, 2013 | 5:04 pm

    Q. What advantages are there by belonging to a group plan?

    Well for one, in most cases, your employer will pay most of your monthly premium if not all of it. More money in your pocket is good… You’ll still be responsible for copays and coinsurance but your definite costs are...

  • Supplementing Mediterranean Diet with Olive Oil or Nuts Decreases Stroke Risk

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 5, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    What is a Mediterranean diet? I had always believed that it involves eating shawarma three times a day while sitting on a beach in Tel Aviv, just because that’s my diet when I visit the Mediterranean. I was astounded to learn that this is not the case. A Mediterranean diet includes...

  • Dental care for all

    April 3, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    Navah Paskowitz knows that her 4-year-old son, Edwin, is long overdue for a dental checkup, but she’s terrified to take him for one.

    About eight months ago, the Sherman Oaks resident and her husband took Edwin, who was diagnosed with autism, to his first visit with a dentist. As...

  • Evergreening in Big Pharma

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 2, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Yesterday, India’s Supreme Court rejected Novartis’ patent application for the cancer drug Glivec.  You may ask, “Why is this important to discuss on a Jewish blog about redemption?”

    This case grabbed my attention because of allegations that the Swiss...

  • A New Hope for Hepatitis C Infection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is usually spread through contact with infected blood. Prior to 1992, when testing of donated blood and organs became commonplace, many people were infected through blood transfusion and organ transplants. Now the most common method of...

  • Azithromycin Might Kill You, but That’s Not Why You Shouldn’t Take It

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 15, 2013 | 10:38 am

    This week the FDA issued a warning about the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax). The media stories have some patients terrified and some of them are calling me convinced that azithromycin is poison, a reliable agent for suicide.

    What’s the hubbub about?

    Azithromycin is in a...

  • Normal Test Results are Often Not Reassuring

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 1, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Every primary care doctor has been faced with this situation. A patient reports vague symptoms and is very worried that they are a sign of a catastrophic illness. The symptoms aren't even slightly suggestive of the disease the patient is worried about, but the patient’s neighbor’s...

  • Senior service providers wary as New Year approaches

    December 11, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    They’ve weathered five years of economic crisis, relentless state budget cuts and growing demand for their services. Now, social service providers for seniors in the Los Angeles area are bracing for a new slew of challenges in 2013.

    From federal budget negotiations and the...

  • On the issues: Obama and Romney on abortion, Iran, Israel and more

    October 29, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    JTA reviews the positions of presidential candidates Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on some issues of importance to the Jewish community.

    ABORTION

    

Obama:

    Obama says he is “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose” and...

  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • Osteopaths changing the face of health care

    August 8, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    If you’re like most health consumers, you probably don’t know what osteopaths are, let alone what sort of medicine they practice. However, osteopathic doctors (DOs) and schools of osteopathic medicine are playing a little known but critical role in stemming the nation’s need for...

  • Opinion: Obama, Jewish tradition agree on universal health care

    July 30, 2012 | 10:29 am

    “My son, the doctor.”

    Why does every Jewish mother have to have a doctor in the family? It might be because the immigrant mentality desperately desires a secure and well-paid profession, but in fact, there is a deeper reason why Jewish mothers want a doctor son.

    The value of health...

  • Tough slog ahead for implementing affordable care

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 18, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    If Barack Obama is re-elected as president, the overriding purpose of his second term will be the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Implementation and the use of executive power have not been Obama’s strengths, but he is going to have to get better very quickly. A powerful...

  • Letters to the Editor: Israel, health care, education

    July 11, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    The Promised Land: To Whom Was It Promised?

    David Suissa compellingly observes that the principal motivator of anti-Israel sentiment is the charge of “occupier” (“Note to Boycotters: Israel Is Not a Thief,” July 6). But then he quotes me as refuting that charge, by way of...

  • A good deed for health care in a weary world

    July 9, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is far more than a narrow legal decision. It is a decisive affirmation of what is right. Health care surely is right—and a right.

    This issue is highly personal, hitting home for me much as it did for tens of millions of...

  • Health care for all: It’s an American — and a Jewish — imperative

    July 5, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    From antiquity to the 20th century, preventive medicine was not bad. The Torah (Leviticus 12-13) already knows about quarantine as a method to contain communicative diseases, and the Talmud knows about such things as the importance of fruits and vegetables in one’s diet, the...

  • Jewish groups largely applaud health care ruling

    July 2, 2012 | 11:08 am

    American Jewish groups—with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition—were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote.

    Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council for Jewish Women, was...

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