CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
A spokesman for a large labor group active in enrolling uninsured people in the California's new healthcare insurance marketplace said his organization has been encouraged by the early reaction to Obamacare. The comments came as initial enrollment figures released nationally showed signups for insurance under the administration's health care overhaul were falling short of expectations. "There's an eagerness to learn more," said Sean Wherley, of Service Employees Union International-United Healthcare Workers West, whose members are fanning out to enroll uninsured Californians in private insurance plans and Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor.
November 8, 2013 |
President Obama's hollow promise that Americans who liked their own healthcare plans would not have to give them up under Obamacare may prove to be another tempest in a tea party teapot, but it might also balloon into a political gale that blows away the highest hopes for his second term in the White House. Winning reelection to the presidency is often a triumph before a fall. Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide; two years later, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama put a new shine on his Obamacare pitch Monday night and asked his most loyal supporters to help him sell it to the American people. Obama urged Organizing for Action volunteers to help him spread "far and wide" the good news of the Affordable Care Act, which he said had always been about "making the insurance market better for everybody. " "That was part of the promise," Obama told the crowd, explaining that he always meant to convey that people could keep an old healthcare plan "if it hadn't changed since the law was passed.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday as some consumers were kicked off web portals and several states reported glitches that slowed enrollment on the first day Americans were supposed to be able to sign up for coverage. The website for accessing federally run marketplaces - www.healthcare.gov - froze when some consumers tried to create accounts, the first step in selecting a health plan. Officials said the site got 1 million visits in the last day, five times more visitors than have ever been on the federal Medicare.gov site at one time.
September 28, 2013
Re "Obamacare as political theater," Opinion, Sept. 26 Marilyn Moon confuses two distinct aspects of social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: purpose and performance. She is correct that voters strongly support the goals of these programs. The elderly and the poor need access to health insurance, and some people need retirement support. What Republicans have issues with is performance, despite the Democrats' claim that conservatives are attacking the purpose of these programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 |
Standing just inside a busy Baldwin Park supermarket that caters to Latinos, Moises Herreros smiles as he flags down shoppers. "Do you have insurance? Do you have any questions about Obamacare?" Many stop to chat in Spanish. They've heard of the health law but don't know how it works. In a state where Latinos make up 60% of those without medical insurance, that lack of awareness is a pivotal challenge facing health officials charged with rapidly educating millions of residents and enrolling them in coverage.
August 5, 2013 |
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board opens its latest screed against the 2010 healthcare law Monday by paraphrasing H.L. Mencken as follows: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. " I guess no one will go broke either underestimating the Journal opinionators' cynicism and misrepresentations in the face of a policy they oppose. The Journal's fusillade was prompted by the Obama administration's effort to keep congressional staff members from being hurt by a pernicious feature of the 2010 law. Added by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa during the Senate Finance Committee's mark-up, the provision requires members of Congress and their staff to obtain health insurance through the new exchanges established by the law. To the Journal, this is the sort of eat-your-own-dog-food requirement that forces lawmakers to experience what they impose on their constituents.
August 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans in the House of Representatives passed another symbolic rebuke of President Obama's healthcare law, ahead of a possible showdown over funding for the measure that threatens to shut down the government this fall. Friday's vote on what was called the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act” was the House's final vote before breaking for a five-week summer recess. The measure, which would strip the Internal Revenue Service of its power to enforce its individual mandate, passed mostly along party lines, 232-185, with just four Democrats breaking to support it. It is not expected to be taken up in the Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday that he “won't be pushed” into a quick deal on a new labor contract for workers at the Department of Water and Power. “I'm not going to do a deal before it's a good deal for the people of Los Angeles,” Garcetti told reporters at City Hall. “Period. Full stop.” Brian D'Arcy, the DWP union leader who ran a ferocious campaign against Garcetti in the May election, has been trying for weeks to quietly gather support on the City Council for a new salary agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers ended their work on the budget Friday afternoon, planning to reconvene again in the Capitol on Saturday morning to finish a series of related bills. The bulk of the spending plan has been approved by the Legislature and is now ready for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. Besides $96.3 billion in general-fund spending, the budget includes $42 billion from dedicated accounts, $7 billion from bond funds and $87.6 billion in federal money. Almost $1.1 billion was left in reserve.