| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON – With no end to the shutdown in sight, Congress headed into a weekend session as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to firm up fraying support from his conservative flank by vowing he would not agree to raise the nation’...
| Sep 28, 2013
Re "Obamacare as political theater," Opinion, Sept. 26
Marilyn Moon confuses two distinct aspects of social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: purpose and performance.
She is correct that voters strongly support the goals of...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 11:47 AM
The more money you make before retirement, the more you may have to cut back when you do retire, a new study has found.
Because of Social Security benefits, some low-wage earners receive more income when they retire than they did when they were working....
| Sep 26, 2013
Each week seems to bring new claims that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) — which begins enrollment for coverage on health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1 — will bring calamity. In many ways, this furor is reminiscent of Medicare's...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As every legislative craftsman knows, the trick in giving your bill a name is, first, come up with a title that yields a catchy acronym. Second, make sure the title doesn't explain what the bill does.
Hence, the Inform Act.
The name certainly is...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:39 PM
To the chronicles of misbegotten corporate adventures with social media, we can add a new, sterling event.
The anti-deficit lobbying organization Fix the Debt staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday. Its goal presumably was to reach...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
A couple of well-heeled anchor-reporters for CNBC -- the type of people who need never beg for lunch dates among Wall Street bankers -- Friday batted around the supposed threat to the republic posed by hordes of seniors collecting Social Security...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving the National Football League an enormous break -- at the expense of players who get hurt, sometimes devastatingly, entertaining the fans. He should be ashamed.
The measure (AB 1309) may have been the most...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
That's the experiment "60 Minutes" conducted Sunday. The result was...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:52 PM
The glittering new deal to end the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis has one tiny sop to the Republicans. Let's hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back about it.
The sop is a provision to tighten "income verification" for...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The total number of workers' compensation claims across the nation is dropping but the number of questionable claims is rising, according to a new study.
Over the last 2 1/2 years, the number of workers filing compensation claims has dropped from 3.35...