| Aug 1, 2013
Among the most egregious distortions to cloud the healthcare debate in 2009 was the false notion that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act called for "death panels," through which the government would determine whether seniors and the disabled...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Republicans have said hyperbolic things about the 2010 healthcare law's Independent Payment Advisory Board so many times -- e.g., former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's declaration that it's a "death panel" -- that I've gotten inured to it. Nevertheless, it was...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 1:50 PM
As the U.S. population ages, so does the need to care for the sick and disabled.
That's what the Ensign Group Inc. in Mission Viejo is banking on. The company provides skilled nursing and rehabilitative care services at 119 facilities in 11 Western...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Congress started the official countdown this week: It's T-minus 31 days to a government shutdown.
OK, so I made up the part about the official countdown. But I don't see any other likely outcome, now that the only folks trying to negotiate a budget deal...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 8:10 AM
WellPoint, the country's second-largest insurer, beat Wall Street expectations in the second quarter, seeing its profit jump 24% as lower medical costs partly helped the Indianapolis-based company post strong results.
WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Probably nothing causes members of Congress more unease than having to talk about death. It’s only been four years since healthcare reform became more about whether President Obama wanted to throw mama from a train via “death panels”...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Just before leaving City Hall after serving the maximum eight years in office, then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at length with Los Angeles Times political reporters Maeve Reston and Michael Finnegan about his legacy and political future.
| Aug 26, 2013
| 3:39 PM
A Los Angeles man who recruited homeless medical patients on skid row as part of a scheme to defraud federal programs of millions of dollars was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison.
Estill Mitts, 68, of Los Angeles was sentenced by U.S. ...
| Jul 16, 2013
Your doctor hands you a prescription for a blood pressure drug. But is it the right one for you?
You're searching for a new primary-care physician or a specialist. Is there a way you can know whether the doctor is more partial to expensive, brand-name...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Is it that time again?
Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Like most employers, Trader Joe's is grappling with how to look after the well-being of its workers amid difficult financial circumstances.
In May, the head of the privately held Monrovia company, with stores nationwide, sent a confidential memo to...