| 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...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 4:44 PM
Medicare Fraud: A medical doctor who ran a clinic in the San Fernando Valley pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of health care fraud in which he bilked the federal Medicare social insurance program out of more than $3 million, the United States...
| Jan 27, 2013
A well-organized retreat is said to be one of the most difficult military maneuvers: You're under enemy fire, your troops are likely to be demoralized, and you've got to avoid a rout.
That why House Republicans' orderly withdrawal last week from an...
| Apr 10, 2013
President Obama won't release his proposed budget for 2014 until Wednesday, but liberals and AARP have been howling all week about something they expect to be in it.
What has our president done to provoke such outrage among his supporters?
| Jan 16, 2013
It's hard to recognize the Democratic Party these days. In recent decades, it's been a divided, brawling tribe. But this year, Democrats are one big, happy family.
Sure, there was grumbling from the left over President Obama's agreement to keep tax cuts...
| Mar 6, 2013
Here's what is most maddening about the "Perils of Pauline" fiscal crises that President Obama and Congress have led us into during the last year: Both sides have known from the beginning what the final deals would look like, but neither side has been...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 11:24 PM
A Carson pastor pleaded guilty Monday to submitting more than $11 million in Medicare reimbursement claims through fraudulent clinics and by promising patients expensive equipment, according to the Department of Justice....
| Mar 14, 2013
| 7:55 PM
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...
| Feb 27, 2013
Here's a phrase you can expect to be hearing a lot in the national debate over fiscal policy, as we move past the "sequester," which is the crisis du jour, and toward the budget cliff/government shutdown deadline looming at the end of March:...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Everybody loves lists.
Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies).
So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs....
| Feb 17, 2013
Dear Liz: A lot of financial advice sites say you should have an emergency fund equal to three to six months of living expenses. What would be considered living expenses? Should you use three to six months of your net take-home pay or a smaller number? Is...