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December 24, 2009 | Noam N. Levey & Janet Hook, Tribune Washington Bureau
Rahm Emanuel was agitated. With only seven weeks until Christmas, the opportunity to pass healthcare legislation seemed to be fading. The White House chief of staff feared that if the Senate left for the holiday without passing a bill, President Obama's top domestic priority would wither as lawmakers turned to other concerns next year. Democratic senators and administration officials gathered in a conference room outside Majority Leader Harry Reid's Capitol office. Emanuel wanted to know: Was there a chance the chamber could still act in time?
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November 18, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
and its more successful California start -- may be dominating the news now. But wait till next year. An election year ballot full of health issues awaits California voters next November. And the lineup could spur a campaign free-for-all that may prompt hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending. "The more the merrier," said Jamie Court, president of Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. Next year "could be the year of health reform. The more we can do to fix the federal health reform and make it cheaper and safer for consumers, the better.
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April 14, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The Senate has rejected a bill that would have blocked funding for implementation of President Obama’s new healthcare law. The 47-53 vote, which broke along party lines, was an expected result in the chamber, which is run by Democrats. The bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.  The Senate agreed to hold the vote as part of the compromise spending deal negotiated last week. The deal Although it had little chance of passing, Republicans insisted on the vote in order to put Democrats on record as defending the law – which has limited public support.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Starting today, millions in California and nationwide can start signing up for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. But a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just 1 in 8 Americans knew that today was the first day to sign up to buy health insurance from newly created exchanges. The exchanges are government-run marketplaces where consumers can access competing insurance plans from a host of companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993
With regard to the Clinton health plan, I like to hear fairy tales myself, but that doesn't mean I believe them. GEORGE G. JUMPER, Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2010
Who says bipartisanship was completely absent from the historic vote March 21 on American access to medical care? Certainly not the White House, which released an official photograph of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and about 40 staffers who assembled to applaud the late-night passage of the bill. Shot by White House photographer Pete Souza, the picture ran on the front pages of newspapers and websites Monday morning, including The Times and latimes.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
A disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care , but the national healthcare law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation. Half of the state's adults and two-thirds of the adolescents with mental health issues aren't receiving treatment, according to the study . Private insurance has historically lacked mental health services, so patients often seek care through the public system.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney's first day as a full-fledged presidential candidate included a must-stop for any Republican hopeful: Fox News Channel. Speaking with Sean Hannity for an interview to air Thursday night, the former Massachusetts governor repeats his pledge to repeal the national healthcare reform law that President Obama signed, even though it is modeled after one he signed in the Bay State. "If I get the chance to debate President Obama, I'm looking forward to saying, 'Thank you, Mr. President, for all the compliments you send my way -- I know what they're intended to do,' " Romney said, referring to the glee with which Democrats and White House officials cite the Massachusetts plan as a blueprint for the president's, hoping it will undermine his standing among Republicans.
NEWS
April 28, 1993 | Times staff writer Sara Fritz
A total of 511 people are participating in the task force advising President Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on health care reform. The list, originally kept secret to prevent participants from coming under undue pressure from special interests, was officially released after it was leaked to the media. Here are a few of the more prominent members: IRA C.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
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 political theater in Washington. It mirrors the scene 50 years ago during the contentious debate over Medicare. Two brothers, Peter and Philip Lee, fought on the front lines back then, bucking the medical establishment to guarantee healthcare for seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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July 17, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
A disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care , but the national healthcare law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation. Half of the state's adults and two-thirds of the adolescents with mental health issues aren't receiving treatment, according to the study . Private insurance has historically lacked mental health services, so patients often seek care through the public system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Anna Gorman
When Hoag Hospital announced this spring it would no longer provide elective abortions, officials at the esteemed Orange County medical center said the decision was made because of low demand. But records and interviews show the decision was closely tied to the hospital's new partnership with a Catholic healthcare provider. Hoag Hospital officials told The Times this week they wanted the deal to go through and knew elective abortions were a “sensitive issue” for St. Joseph Health System, which has a “statement of common values” that prohibits them.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
City of Hope, a leading cancer hospital and medical research center, has tapped one of its veteran leaders to take over as chief executive in January. Dr. Michael Friedman, 69, said he plans to retire as CEO at year's end after 10 years at the helm. Robert Stone, 44, currently City of Hope's president and an executive there since 1996, will take the top job in January. Quiz: How much do you know about healthcare? The prestigious medical center has been a fixture in the San Gabriel Valley for the last century.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
Here are some suggestions from experts for small businesses deciding whether to offer employee health insurance in 2014: 1. Consider the nature of your business. Small companies made up primarily of owners - such as physician and dentist offices and architectural and CPA firms - are likely to find that it makes financial sense to provide employee insurance, healthcare consultant Robert Laszewski says. "I expect they'll continue to offer insurance through the group model because that's the way to get tax-deductible health insurance.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is changing the way insurers do business. A few years from now, you may see your health plan in a different light. You might even decide you like it - even if it's not that much more affordable. But it's not all good news: Future employers are also expected to shift more costs to employees, and consumers will generally take on more of their healthcare expenses. "A greater role in cost sharing is really forcing consumers to take a hard look at the care they access," said Robin Gelburd, president of Fair Health, a New York City nonprofit that provides healthcare cost information.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey
As campaign debate over Medicare intensifies, former Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama have been accusing one another of threatening the future of the government health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Some background to the charges and countercharges: Q - Romney accuses Obama of “raiding” Medicare of $716 billion to pay for his healthcare law.  What's that charge based on? The Affordable Care Act that Obama signed in 2010 is expected to spend nearly $1.7 trillion over the next decade to provide health coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans.
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