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David Lazarus

David Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.
500-pound man's doctor says he'll die without surgery. His insurer shrugs it off

Shawn Alvrarado was twice rejected for gastric bypass surgery by his insurer, which deemed the procedure "cosmetic." Meanwhile, he's running up huge hospital bills for obesity-related complications.

Trump's budget plan offers little more than a Band-Aid for soaring drug prices

The plan sidesteps the most obvious and effective measure for tackling sky-high drug prices: allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug makers.

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