May 23, 2013 |
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 25, 2013 |
Ana Soltero arrived at La Placita Church on Sunday holding an envelope filled with documents and hoping for one thing: to get health coverage. She and her 20-year-old son, Alan Servin, had been receiving Medi-Cal but were mistakenly cut off last year. Now she was uninsured, feeling ill and wanting to see a doctor. "I came to see if you can help me with insurance," she told a volunteer. Soltero was among dozens of uninsured Los Angeles County residents who went to the downtown L.A. church to get enrolled in public health insurance programs and find out where to seek care.
March 18, 2013 |
In case you were wondering, the price tag for the war in Iraq could eventually top $6 trillion. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and slugfest of Iraq, which, lest we forget, was begun in the name of protecting us from weapons of mass destruction that never existed. A study by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies finds that the war has cost $1.7 trillion so far , with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- It was billed as a housing forum, but it turned into the Jerry Brown show. The governor was here Tuesday with Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan to discuss the future of housing in California at a forum put on by the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. However, in typical Brown fashion, he used the opportunity to wax philosophical on climate change, the virtues of marriage, the hollowing out of the middle class, healthcare and variety of other subjects.
February 12, 2013 |
The fog of Abbottabad strikes again. On Tuesday, confusion continued to swirl around Esquire magazine's cover story about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden during the instantly legendary May 2011 raid on the terrorist leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The article, which was published online Monday, is framed around the premise that the SEAL, dubbed the Shooter, got "nothing" from the government after his retirement, including no healthcare coverage. According to officials and experts, that claim was incorrect : All Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get five years of healthcare benefits after retirement.
February 3, 2013
Re "Small surgery, huge markup," Business, Jan. 31 The article hits the nail on the head when it comes to high costs in California's healthcare system. Consumers ultimately pay the price through extravagant out-of-pocket costs and soaring premiums. As we found in our recent study, "Your Price May Vary," California's priciest hospitals charge 2.7 times more than other regions for the exact same procedures. In the end, this has real impacts on consumers. For example, Anthem Blue Cross plans to raise rates by 26% for 340,000 Californians in February.
January 9, 2013 |
Well, no one ever convincingly argued that a diet of fast food is good for your health. And now it could be unhealthy for some of the people who work there - without them having to eat so much as a bite of their products. In anticipation of the healthcare overhaul that takes full effect next year, a couple of Taco Bell and Wendy's franchises in Oklahoma and Nebraska are evidently cutting back the hours of employees to dodge requirements of the healthcare reform law. It was admittedly not the best thought-out part of the healthcare overhaul, requiring companies with 50 or more employees working 30 or more hours a week to offer healthcare coverage.
September 23, 2012 |
Another Chicago institution has gone on strike: Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the best in the United States, followed the Chicago teachers' example. Symphony musicians decided not to show up for a concert Saturday night after their contract expired, having already played shows on Thursday and Friday nights. So instead of the melodies of Respighi and Dvorak, residents of the Windy City heard the familiar strains of another labor-versus-management drama. “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is extremely disappointed that the musicians have decided to strike,” Deborah Rutter, president of the association, said in a statement.
September 22, 2012 |
In next month's three presidential debates, President Obama and Mitt Romney will be asked a wide range of questions crucial to the future of America. But if history is any guide, they are unlikely to answer many of them. Even worse, most of us won't even notice. Listen carefully to the questions and responses and you'll understand. A candidate is asked a specific question: "How will you balance the budget?" The response is typically along the lines of: "Balancing the budget is critical to America's future, which is why I am committed to it!"
August 31, 2012 |
Hollywood's animators have inked a new contract. Members of the Animation Guild Local 839 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted 87% to 13% to affirm a new three-year contract recently negotiated by the union. The contract will provide 2% annual increases in wages and requires employers to boost by 20% the hourly contribution to the union's health plan. Members with dependents, however, would also be required for the first time to pay premiums of $25 to $50 a month for healthcare coverage.