| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As every legislative craftsman knows, the trick in giving your bill a name is, first, come up with a title that yields a catchy acronym. Second, make sure the title doesn't explain what the bill does.
Hence, the Inform Act.
The name certainly is...
| Sep 26, 2013
Each week seems to bring new claims that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) — which begins enrollment for coverage on health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1 — will bring calamity. In many ways, this furor is reminiscent of Medicare's...
| Sep 28, 2013
Re "Obamacare as political theater," Opinion, Sept. 26
Marilyn Moon confuses two distinct aspects of social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: purpose and performance.
She is correct that voters strongly support the goals of...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 9:12 PM
WASHINGTON — The debate over President Obama's signature healthcare law enters a crucial phase this week as the real effect on consumers starts to come into focus after more than 3 1/2 years of partisan claims and counter-claims.
For both sides in...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 8:27 PM
Republicans in Congress are railing against the healthcare law as a government takeover of medicine. The massive program will harm patients and cost far too much, critics say. Supporters are being branded as socialists.
This isn't just the latest...
| 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. ...
| Oct 17, 2013
Re "A history lesson for the GOP," Opinion, Oct. 15
Jane Mansbridge's article should be cast in stone and delivered to every member of Congress and to the president.
Mansbridge reminds us that the Democrats already gave huge concessions to the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:51 AM
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, reported a tiny uptick in third-quarter profit, disappointing investors who have bid up the company's shares in recent months.
The Minnetonka, Minn., company said government funding cuts to...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats and Republicans prepare for negotiations over the next round of the scheduled budget cuts known as the sequester, incentives for both have swung toward a small deal, rather than the sort of “grand bargain”...
| 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...
| 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...