| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Using “fascism” to describe President Obama’s healthcare reform was “poor use of an emotionally charged word,” according to John Mackey, co-chief executive and co-founder of Whole Foods Market.
In a blog post Thursday,...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Business, says Whole Foods co-Chief Executive John Mackey, has “a horrible reputation.”
But instead of being “selfish and greedy and exploitative,” as it’s often portrayed, business is actually “the greatest force for...
| Jan 15, 2013
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...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 8:23 AM
Darden Restaurants Inc.’s second quarter was far from appetizing, as the owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster watched its net income plunge 37%.
The Orlando, Fla., restaurant company saw the sour numbers coming. Earlier in December, citing a...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:48 PM
The American restaurant industry is headed into a year full of obstacles, including health coverage costs related to "Obamacare," employee turnover, rising food costs and weak consumer spending.
Still, the National Restaurant Assn. predicts that the...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 5:39 PM
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?...
| Dec 30, 2012
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...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 9:15 AM
Darden Restaurants Inc., the parent of eateries such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, said it will not bump any of its full-time employees down to part-time status to save on healthcare costs once President Obama’s reforms go into effect.
| Dec 6, 2012
| 3:30 PM
The same day that Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc. said it will not bump down existing full-time workers to part-time status to skirt healthcare costs, a petition calling on the company’s chief executive to clarify his position is gaining...
| Nov 23, 2012
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.
| Nov 13, 2012
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,...