| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:12 PM
There's an ancient adage that in war, truth is the first casualty. The war being waged over the federal budget, mostly by Republicans fighting with themselves, is a perfect example.
The biggest untruth may be that by pressing their demands the...
| Mar 5, 2008
In his weekend radio address, President Bush warned of rogue pharmacists making potentially dangerous prescription drugs readily available online.
"The Internet has brought about tremendous benefits for those who cannot easily get to a pharmacy in...
| Dec 10, 2008
It seems clear that change is coming to the U.S. healthcare system. President-elect Barack Obama wants it. Congress wants it. Even the insurance industry says the time is ripe to do things differently.
But not too differently. The idea of doing away with...
| Aug 31, 2008
Every day is Labor Day for Ruben Rangel.
The 48-year-old Compton resident works most days from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. as a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport. Then he changes clothes and pulls a shift as janitor at a Ralphs from midnight...
| Jun 14, 2009
Los Angeles resident Ruta Miller, 44, prides herself on keeping fit. "I'm super-healthy," she told me. "I exercise all the time. I eat well. I haven't even had a cold in I don't know how long."
So she was a bit startled to receive a notice from Blue...
| 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.
| 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...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 7:23 PM
In a most underhanded and insidious way, women's reproductive health rights in California were dealt a significant blow last month. That was when the availability of elective abortions at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of Orange County's elite...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 3:19 PM
While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate...
| 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 5, 2013
Deborah Shapiro decided a few months ago to switch her prescription drug coverage from her former employer's plan to Medicare. The Medicare literature made clear that she could save hundreds of dollars on the various drugs she and her husband required....