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Health Care Reform (2009)

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  • Obama will get no rest before second-term challenges arise

    Obama will get no rest before second-term challenges arise
    So, Barack Obama, you've been granted a second term. What do you do for an encore? It has become commonplace to observe that presidential second terms are fraught with disappointment. George W. Bush's was marred by a bogged-down war in Iraq and the...
  • Insurers eager to maintain authority over healthcare premiums

    Insurers eager to maintain authority over healthcare premiums
    While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate...
  • GOP's effort to roll back healthcare reforms is bad policy

    GOP's effort to roll back healthcare reforms is bad policy
    Bernie Morse, 65, of Century City retired last year from the aerospace industry and joined the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. The nearly $8,000 he used to spend annually on drugs for a liver condition now will be cut almost in half. Were a private...
  • If this health plan is 'socialism,' we need more of it

    If this health plan is 'socialism,' we need more of it
    So this is what socialism looks like: Private companies competing for people's business in an open marketplace. Californians got their first glimpse Thursday of what insurers plan to charge for coverage to be offered next year to about 5 million state...
  • First the cat, now the health system puts the bite on me

    First the cat, now the health system puts the bite on me
    Call it the $55,000 cat bite. That's the rough total in medical costs (so far) for a cat bite on my hand that turned into an infection that turned into surgery that turned into a week in the hospital. Cruddy cat. When I first wrote about the episode...
  • When government does things better than private enterprise

    When government does things better than private enterprise
    Budget discussions in Washington these days always seem to deteriorate into arguments over what government is supposed to do for its citizens, and what should be left aside. Is the reach of government strictly defined in the Constitution? Or tradition?...
  • Individual mandate in healthcare was year's top consumer story

    Individual mandate in healthcare was year's top consumer story
    This was the year of the healthcare mandate. No other consumer story of 2012 comes close. In a split decision, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. casting the deciding vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the cornerstone of President Obama's...
  • Giving thanks for our healthcare system — which needs reform

    Giving thanks for our healthcare system — which needs reform
    It's a day late, but I'll tell you what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful that I'm no longer in the hospital. Thankful that our healthcare system, which I've criticized pretty heavily, is a marvel of medical technology and expertise. Thankful that...
  • Patient trapped in health insurance rate hike

    It's understandable that car insurance rates can change when you move. One neighborhood might have more accidents or burglaries than another. But health insurance? Joan Swope, 62, moved recently from Cathedral City, just down the road from Palm Springs,...
  • L.A. Now Live: California may cut Medi-Cal reimbursements

     
    A federal appeals court decided unanimously that California may cut reimbursements to doctors, pharmacies and others who serve the poor under Medi-Cal, a move that could help the state close its budget gap. Times Sacramento reporter Chris Megerian will...
  • Senate leader questions plan for childrens' healthcare

     
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) wants to delay shifting poor California children into a cheaper healthcare program. In a letter Thursday, Steinberg said there are too many holes in the state's plan to ensure that children will...