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May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for failing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare bills have stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a self-imposed Thursday deadline as they pressed forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul. Negotiators emerged upbeat from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol and said they remained on track to produce a bill by June. That, in itself, was significant, after the group of eight was on the verge of breakup.
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November 15, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Seven California Democrats broke with the majority of their party and President Obama on Friday to support Republican-sponsored legislation that would allow insurance companies to continue to offer health plans next year even if they fail to meet the requirements of Obamacare. "The president promised Americans that they could keep their health plans, and today I voted to keep that promise," said Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Oak Park), who voted for the measure, which passed 261-157.
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NATIONAL
August 31, 2009 | Kim Geiger and James Oliphant
Last week the Obama administration announced that it expected the federal deficit to grow considerably more than it had projected six months ago. How much would Democrats' healthcare bills increase the deficit? There are three bills at the moment: one in the House, one in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and one in the Senate Finance Committee that has yet to be finalized. President Obama's budget allocates $630 billion over 10 years to offset the cost of a healthcare overhaul.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Dealing a blow to President Obama's effort to fix problems with his healthcare law, more than three dozen House Democrats voted Friday to support a Republican-sponsored bill to address the crisis, brushing aside White House warnings that the legislation would only make matters worse. Thirty-nine Democrats joined Republicans in a 261-157 vote  to approve the legislation, offered by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), which would allow insurers to continue selling individual policies that do not meet new federal standards.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2009 | By James Oliphant and Kim Geiger
Some reader questions about the proposed healthcare legislation in Congress: How reliable are Congressional Budget Office cost estimates for the healthcare bills? I keep hearing that the bill is much more expensive than the CBO says. The CBO's job is to give lawmakers an idea of what a bill would cost over the first decade it was in force. In the House and Senate healthcare bills, some of the costs wouldn't take effect for several years, but some of the savings would take effect immediately.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2009 | James Oliphant and Kim Geiger
Some reader questions on the national healthcare debate: I keep hearing that none of the Democratic healthcare bills would cover everyone. Who won't be covered? Under the most recent Senate version of the bill, people who make less than four times the federal poverty level -- amounting to $43,320 for an individual or $88,200 for a family of four -- would be offered government assistance to buy insurance. But no assistance would be provided to people who make slightly more.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2009 | Lisa Girion
Despite growing frustration with the way health insurers deny medical treatments, major healthcare bills pending in Congress would give patients little new power to challenge those sometimes life-and-death decisions. "Right now, the deck is stacked against patients," said Bryan Liang, director of the Institute of Health Law Studies at California Western Law School in San Diego. "Healthcare reform is not going to change the ball game." Yet a patient's ability to fight insurers' coverage decisions could be more important than ever because Congress, in promoting cost containment and price competition, may actually add to the pressure on insurers to deny requests for treatment.
NEWS
February 15, 2010 | Brendan Borrell, Los Angeles Times
Should the government force everyone to purchase health insurance? Few topics in the healthcare debate are more controversial than the so-called individual mandate, which would fine citizens without insurance and lies at the heart of the now-stalled healthcare bills in Congress. President Barack Obama has said that a major goal of healthcare reform is to reduce the number of legal residents who are uninsured (currently estimated at 17% of adults). One strategy is for the government to require insurance to be sold at a fixed price regardless of preexisting conditions, but in that case, many people might wait until they get sick before they purchased insurance, which could bankrupt the system.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has put an end to tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood by signing a bill that she says closes loopholes for funding abortions. The bill, known as the “Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act,” tightens existing state regulations and prevents any government entity -- city, county or state -- from giving money to an organization that offers family planning that may indirectly fund abortions. It “closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,"  Brewer said in a statement Friday after she signed the bill.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2010 | By Kim Geiger
A look at some reader questions on insurance options that would be available under the House and Senate healthcare bills: My family's current policy costs more than $400 per month, which is not affordable for us. Will we be able to afford insurance under the healthcare bills? If you get your insurance through your employer, the bills would require that your share of the premiums not exceed a certain amount of your income -- 9.8% under the Senate plan, and 12% under the House proposal.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for failing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare bills have stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a self-imposed Thursday deadline as they pressed forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul. Negotiators emerged upbeat from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol and said they remained on track to produce a bill by June. That, in itself, was significant, after the group of eight was on the verge of breakup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
SACRAMENTO -- A key Senate panel supported legislation Monday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Beginning in January 2014, the federal Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
SACRAMENTO -- A key Assembly panel will consider legislation Tuesday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Beginning in January 2014, the federal Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special session so healthcare bills that he signs can take effect within 90 days rather than next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The state Legislature gaveled in a special session on healthcare Monday, pushing forward with sweeping proposals to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. The measures, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor, would cement the state's status as the nation's earliest and most aggressive adopter of the federal Affordable Care Act. Beginning in January 2014, the law requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When state lawmakers are sworn in Monday for the new legislative session, they will have little time to enjoy the pomp and circumstance. Facing a federal deadline, the Legislature must move quickly to pass measures to implement President Obama's healthcare law and revamp the state's insurance market. New legislation will help extend coverage to millions of uninsured Californians and solidify the state's reputation as a key laboratory for the federal law. Legislative leaders have said they also want to overhaul environmental regulations, curb soaring tuition at public colleges, and tweak the state's tax structure and ballot-initiative system.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans, who once promised to "repeal and replace" President Obama's healthcare law, for now have all but given up pushing alternatives to the sweeping legislation the president signed in 2010. In the last year and a half, House Republicans have sent the Senate just one 36-page bill designed to limit medical malpractice lawsuits, despite pledging to develop detailed legislation to slow rising healthcare costs, help Americans keep their health plans and broaden access to insurance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
SACRAMENTO -- A key Assembly panel will consider legislation Tuesday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Beginning in January 2014, the federal Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special session so healthcare bills that he signs can take effect within 90 days rather than next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
SACRAMENTO -- A key Senate panel supported legislation Monday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Beginning in January 2014, the federal Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Even as President Obama's healthcare law expands health coverage and transforms the way millions of Americans get medical care, it will have little effect on the nation's total healthcare bill, according to a new government report on national healthcare spending. Total U.S. spending on healthcare is expected to continue to surge over the next decade, hitting about $4.8 trillion in 2021, independent economists at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate.
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