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September 10, 2000
Re "Disease, Care Costs Beset Poor in Valley," Aug. 30. As documented in your article, thousands of California residents are currently without health insurance. Their plight illustrates dramatically the need to call for a stop to the self-motivated personal injury lawyers who are looking to profit by suing HMOs. Litigation is only going to create higher costs and put more Californians in the dire straits depicted in your article. If we're truly going to improve health care in California and across the nation, we should put the job back in the hands of our elected leaders and take it out of the courts--where only lawyers win. ANTHONY BELL Executive Director Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Los Angeles Studio City
November 3, 1985
In the Oct. 24 Orange County section, it was revealed that the City of Anaheim spent $307,000 and the Angels $150,000 in legal fees to settle a dispute involving $62,000 a year in security costs at the stadium. They settled out of court (thereby saving lots of additional legal costs) and split the costs over the two years involved. What has happened to common sense and reason, spending collectively $457,000 to decide who will pay $62,000 a year? The only winners here are the attorneys, who still left the door open for another suit to decide who pays in 1987.
August 11, 1996
Re "Lawsuits Say Cruise Lines Go Overboard With Port Fees" (Travel Insider, July 28): Just as airlines do not tack on landing fees and hotels don't add fees for trash removal, cruise lines should not add port charges as a surcharge. It is simply a part of the cost of doing business. If they feel that incorporating those costs in their fares, rather than showing them separately in small print, will adversely affect their business, so be it! GORDON L. FROEDE Cheviot Hills
November 2, 1993
Your headline for the Oct. 10 article about Prop. 13 was absolutely misleading. The subhead read, "Four of five Ventura County homeowners call themselves victims of the 1978 property tax initiative." But, the article states, "Four of every five Ventura County homeowners could see themselves as victims of the initiative . . . " What your article did not show was the number of elderly who would lose their homes without Prop. 13. You did not show the dramatic loss of revenue for the county if Prop.
February 23, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
A Los Angeles City Council member wants to allow owners who seismically retrofit apartment buildings to pass on the costs to tenants. Councilman Bernard C. Parks said he wants the city to explore exempting these apartment owners from the city's rent-control law as part of a larger effort by city officials to strengthen thousands of buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. Under existing laws, only 50% of the cost of major apartment rehabilitation projects can be passed through to tenants, Parks said.
November 7, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
Fifty miles west of Phoenix and driving in the midnight hour through the kind of desert rain that invites you to roll down the window and inhale the freshness, this thought occurred: Anaheim was far, far away. It wasn't the miles left to go on Interstate 10. They could be navigated. No, what made Orange County seem much farther was the ringing still in my ears from having been in Phoenix for Game 7 of the World Series.
August 26, 2001
James Flanigan's "Patients' Rights and Health-Care Costs Are Expanding Together" [Aug. 5] sent my blood pressure soaring! I want to know why medical costs are rising? My cynical self says it's due to the never-ending game the insurers, hospitals and physicians play with one another, as in: How much money will I be able to get? I had surgery last year that was billed at close to $20,000. My then-HMO paid less than $1,000, which the hospital accepted. Recent biopsies resulted in a $360 invoice.
April 9, 2007
The outstanding article "Take Charge of Drug Costs" [March 19] left out one important method. At least six medications are very inexpensive. For example, hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) can cost $13.33 for 100 25-milligram tablets, so why buy just 30 tablets at the time, one per day, on insurance if the co-payment is $10? Ask your independent pharmacist for other ways to save money on prescriptions and over-the-counter health products. BOB BROWN Cambria
July 17, 2000
Regarding "So Near and Yet So Far" (July 3): Having medical insurance pay for transportation costs, as suggested in the article, is totally consistent with the historical assumption by health-care institutions of the "hotel" costs of care--such as room service for food and laundry--and of a welfare state in which the greater numbers of aging and handicapped are supported by the shrinking numbers of younger and healthier working people. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is realized that if costs are to be maintained, the portion of the health-care dollar going to transportation most likely will come from a reduction in diagnostics and therapeutics, or costs will need to escalate.
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