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August 14, 1994 | William Schneider, William Schneider, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a political analyst for CNN
Comprehensive health-care reform is in big trouble. Here's the reason: President Bill Clinton has lost the support of a crucial political ally--the middle class. Without the support of the middle class, the odds are against the President on health care. Those odds worsened considerably last week with Clinton's stunning defeat in the House of Representatives on the crime bill. Members of Congress weren't afraid of the President. They figured there was no price to pay for defying him.
August 22, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. “The big problem we have are Republicans,” she said, speaking at a health center in North Hollywood. “They are the obstacle.” Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October.
May 28, 1994 | ED BOND
A town hall meeting on health-care reform with an array of state, local and federal officials will be held Tuesday by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce at Woodbury University. About 200 business people from San Diego to San Francisco are expected to attend the conference, as well as Rep. Carlos Moorhead (R-Glendale) and representatives of U. S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. The conference, being held from 7:15 to 9 p.m.
December 16, 2012 | Anna Gorman
The blurry vision began early last year. Roy Lawrence ignored it as long as he could. But after falling off a ladder at his construction job, he knew he had to see a doctor. He went to a community health clinic in South Los Angeles, where doctors determined he had diabetes and cataracts. The clinic could manage his illness but referred him early this year to the county health system for eye surgery. Nearly a year later, Lawrence, a Jamaican immigrant without insurance, still is waiting for the operation.
January 13, 1992 | LOUIS W. SULLIVAN, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan is secretary of Health and Human Services
"Pay or play," a phrase that sounds like a new game in Las Vegas, is the catchy nickname for a health-care reform proposal that has been introduced by Democrats in Congress. Advertised as a simple way to get more people insured, it's really a back door to national health care, which would be a cumbersome bureaucratic system. The idea is simple--deceptively so.
The doctors for the 21st Century have arrived in force at Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, armed with their spanking-new medical degrees and eager to begin treating patients. Yet many of the young physicians starting their internships this summer are doing so on a note of trepidation, unsure what awaits them in the brave new world of health-care reform.
July 11, 1994
Washington, take note: While Congress and the White House play political poker over how much national health care reform there should be and how soon, the nation's most populous state isn't waiting to play its high-stakes hand. On the November state ballot is an ambitious but ill-advised initiative called the California Health Security Act. More than a million signatures were collected in order to bring the Canadian-style health care proposal up for a vote.
October 9, 1994 | THEODORE R. MARMOR and MARK GOLDBERG, Theodore R. Marmor is a professor of public policy at Yale School of Management and author of "Understanding Health Care Reform" (Yale University Press, 1994 ) . Mark Goldberg, a management fellow at Yale University, is the editor of the magazine Domestic Affairs.
During the last week of September, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell officially declared what had been evident for weeks: For health care reform, the future is not now. Recriminations have already begun in earnest. But more important than assigning blame--of which there is more than enough to distribute--is drawing sensible lessons for the future. After all, the problems health-care reform was supposed to address--escalating costs and eroding coverage--have not suddenly disappeared.
August 4, 1994 | MARK GOLDBERG and TED MARMOR and JERRY MASHAW, Mark Goldberg is the editor of Domestic Affairs magazine. Ted Marmor is a professor of politics and public policy at the Yale School of Organization and Management. Jerry Mashaw is a professor of law at Yale Law School.
The health-care reform plan proposed Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell reflects Mitchell's political dilemmas. He knows he can't muster enough votes in the Senate to approve either the President's original bill or the bill likely to pass the House of Representatives. And he believes, sadly but accurately, that if he doesn't get a bill out of the Senate, the reform process will expire for this year or longer.
March 22, 1994 | James M. Gomez, Times staff writer
As the debate over health-care reform rages in the hallways of Capitol Hill, the folks over at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) have decided to make their own statement about how the complicated issue will affect kids. In a quarterly newsletter called The Human Side of Health Care Reform, CHOC features stories of children who are former patients. The third issue was printed last week.
March 24, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
In today's world of 24-hour news and 15-second sound bites, every policymaker knows that managing the message is the key to winning over the public. So why has the messaging on behalf of one of the most dramatic public reforms of our lifetimes, the federal Affordable Care Act, been so incompetent? Provisions of the 2010 healthcare reform have already changed the lives of millions of Americans for the better. It has brought insurance coverage to more than 2.6 million previously uninsured young adults, cut prescription costs by a total of $3 billion for millions of seniors, eliminated co-pays on preventive services such as child immunizations and cancer screenings and eliminated annual and lifetime claims caps for more than 80 million policyholders.
June 30, 2010
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April 8, 2010 | From Times staff and wire reports
A San Francisco man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because of her support for healthcare reform. Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested at his home in the city's Tenderloin district after an investigation by federal authorities, said Joseph Schadler, spokesman for the FBI's San Francisco office. Schadler said Wednesday afternoon that the criminal complaint against Giusti was under seal and would not be made public until he appeared Thursday morning in San Francisco federal court.
March 23, 2010 | By Richard Simon and Faye Fiore
In the tense hours Sunday leading up to the House vote on a historic healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time to call the former president of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh. The House Democrats' leader was not seeking spiritual guidance. What she wanted was Hesburgh to help lock up the vote of Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from South Bend, Ind., who was wavering over the abortion issue. Donnelly ultimately pressed the "yes" button late Sunday night. The incident, one of scores on the road to the Democrats' healthcare victory, illustrates that Pelosi -- long the target of Republican attacks -- is beginning to play the game as well as powerful former speakers such as legendary Masters of the House "Tip" O'Neill and "Mr. Sam" Rayburn.
March 22, 2010 | By James Oliphant
As the office phones buzzed, party leaders hectored and protesters outside roared, several undecided House Democrats this weekend faced an unpleasant and all-too-realistic prospect: that voting for the healthcare overhaul could doom their careers. Some bit their lips and went ahead, perhaps saying a silent prayer along the way. But others begged off, declining to support the bill for a number of reasons, including its effect on state Medicaid budgets and concerns about its effect on seniors.
February 8, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
In a high-stakes bid to revive his healthcare overhaul, President Obama announced during a pre-Super Bowl television interview that he would convene a bipartisan summit in which Republicans and Democrats would try to forge a compromise while a national TV audience watched. Republican leaders indicated they would attend the Feb. 25 gathering, but said they want to start over -- tossing out the measures that passed the Senate and House last year. Speaking to Katie Couric of CBS, Obama said: "What I want to do is ask them to put their ideas on the table and then after the recess . . . to come back and have a large meeting -- Republicans and Democrats -- to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward."
January 10, 1995 | From Associated Press
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed herself Monday for the failure of health-care reform last year and said she had been politically "naive and dumb," a newspaper reported. Speaking to a group of women writers invited to lunch at the White House, Mrs. Clinton also said she is surprised by how she sometimes is perceived, the New York Times reported.
Allergan Inc., a maker of eye- and skin-care products, said Monday that proposed health-care reform and cuts in Medicare reimbursement for artificial lenses have forced the company to eliminate 56 jobs. Allergan spokesman Jeffrey B. D'Eliscu said the staff cuts were effective immediately, but he did not know how many of the positions being eliminated were currently vacant.
January 23, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey
Senior Democrats on Capitol Hill, struggling to figure out how to resuscitate their stalled healthcare overhaul, are looking to move away from the politically explosive issue and turn to other legislation -- especially efforts to stimulate job growth. That could put off any formal debate of healthcare legislation for weeks, if not longer, senior lawmakers and Democratic officials said Friday. But it would allow the rattled party to focus on a more popular issue with voters while calming Democratic anxiety over healthcare in the wake of this week's Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate election.
January 22, 2010 | By Mark Silva
President Obama, allowing that he has run into a "buzz saw," today carried his pitch for economic revival, healthcare and an agenda now threatened by political upheaval to battleground Ohio. "We've gotten pretty far down the road," an animated president said of his work in Washington, apparently stalled now after months of debate over healthcare legislation. "But I've got to admit," Obama said. "We hit a little bit of a buzz saw along the way. . . . This is what happens in Congress.
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