| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:16 PM
Dear Liz: I have $40,000 in credit card debt due to home healthcare I had to provide for my mom, who lived with me for six years before she passed away in 2011. I filed a Veterans Affairs claim on her behalf but just got a VA check for $344 with no...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats and Republicans prepare for negotiations over the next round of the scheduled budget cuts known as the sequester, incentives for both have swung toward a small deal, rather than the sort of “grand bargain”...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...
| Sep 20, 2013
Re "The skinny on the Inform Act: It's likely to misinform," Column, Sept. 18
Michael Hiltzik reveals yet another attempt to undermine Social Security and Medicare, this time by driving a wedge between generations.
Boston University economist Laurence...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff is understandably unhappy with my critique of his "Inform Act"--a proposed federal law dictating a new way of government fiscal accounting that I explained in a recent column was a useless and misleading...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 11:37 PM
Dear Liz: I'm 64 and lost my last full-time job a year ago. I have since exhausted my unemployment benefits and been on and off food stamps. (I'm waiting to get back on them right now because my temporary-to-permanent job didn't become permanent after...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:00 AM
For the first several days of his freedom, George Souliotes kept forgetting to zip up his trousers. Prison jumpsuits don't have zippers.
The 72-year-old left lights on at night, unaccustomed to having control over a light switch.
He stiffened whenever...