| Nov 3, 2013
It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented — and then complain it isn't being implemented well enough.
But that seems to be the new Republican...
| Nov 2, 2013
Not so much a typical candidate for Botox, except that I have a face like a garden glove — sun-baked and ripped by boot and fist. If Levi Strauss made faces, I'd be a 42 regular. And stone-washed.
Don't mean to brag, that's just the face I have....
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:17 PM
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality.
Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong....
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:52 PM
It never ceases to amaze how sports can become a morality play, and take so many wrong and disgusting turns along the way.
Take the case of the football coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Jerry Kill. Kill has epilepsy. He has had...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:59 PM
BOSTON — This story begins with a swollen lymph node in Lesley Breslow's neck when she was only 14 and, for her brother Craig, the story does not end until every kid goes home from the hospital free of cancer, free of fear.
The Red Sox relief...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Think you can keep a medical condition secret from life insurers by paying cash for prescription meds? Think again.
A for-profit service called ScriptCheck exists to rat you out regardless of how diligent you are in trying to keep a sensitive matter...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:36 PM
The Highland Park Patient Collective has been praised by Yelp reviewers for its sample room where patients can try their meds, its PlayStation 3 and stockpile of games and its cheap outdoor kush that's good for rolling blunts.
But don't expect the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy.
It's not "medically necessary," the insurer...
| Oct 6, 2013
Ever since Obamacare's stormy passage in early 2010, Democrats have been waiting anxiously for the program to go into effect and hoping that a dose of reality would calm the partisan battles over the health insurance plan. Once everything was up and...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"I am not a member of any organized political party," the humorist Will Rogers said. "I am a Democrat."
Even Will Rogers would be shocked at the disjointed and self-destructive congressional Republican Party of today. By forcing a government shutdown...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Republican lawmakers are determined to protect the American people from what they call "socialized medicine" and what the rest of the world calls affordable and accessible healthcare.
What seldom comes up in this discussion, though, is what exactly we'...