| Oct 11, 2012
| 6:18 PM
Whoever wins the presidential election in November will confront urgent problems: Should tax cuts scheduled to expire be renewed? Should federal spending be cut to reduce the deficit or would that weaken an already lackluster economy? After one of the...
| Oct 12, 2012
Medicare is investigating reports that CVS Caremark Corp., the country's second-largest drugstore chain, has refilled prescriptions and submitted insurance claims without patients' approval, according to an official with knowledge of the matter.
| Oct 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The U.S. Justice Department's civil fraud division is investigating claims that CVS Caremark wrongly refilled prescriptions and billed insurers without the knowledge or the approval of its customers.
The probe will focus primarily on allegations of...
| Nov 7, 2012
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...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 11:44 AM
Wellpoint Inc., the parent of Woodland Hills-based Anthem Blue Cross, has agreed to pay $4.9 billion to purchase an insurer focused on the growing Medicaid business.
The acquisition of Amerigroup Corp. would make Wellpoint the nation’s latest...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 4:48 PM
The blurry vision began early last year. Roy Lawrence ignored it as long as he could. But after falling off a ladder at his construction job, he knew he had to see a doctor.
He went to a community health clinic in South Los Angeles, where doctors...
| Dec 2, 2012
Dear Liz: My husband and I have given our daughters gifts over the years, but we have never exceeded the $26,000 gift tax limit for a married couple. Do we need to file IRS Form 709 to split the gifts? If so, how to do we file for past years?
| Oct 2, 2012
| 5:43 PM
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics?
If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative...
| Sep 20, 2011
And now let us recall the "Fable of the Shoes."
In his 1973 "Libertarian Manifesto," the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was "status quo bias." In society, we're accustomed to rapid change. "New products,...
| Jan 18, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Third in a Ticket series of State of the State speeches: Democrat says New York has the worst tax climate for businesses of any state....
| Jan 27, 2011
| 4:35 PM
The new Republican governor, like many others, was immediately confronted with a budget deficit in the hundreds of millions of dollars....