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April 23, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Times' Noam Levey stitched together the clues that Mitt Romney has given about his plans for redoing healthcare reform , concluding that the GOP presidential candidate's strategy is "in crucial ways more revolutionary - and potentially more disruptive" than the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That's because Romney wants to shift from a system in which employers are the primary supplier of insurance to one in which individuals...
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OPINION
April 20, 2014
Re "Obamacare enrollments top 8 million," April 18 As a physician devoted to the care of the indigent, I applaud President Obama's initiative to provide healthcare insurance for uninsured Americans. That reporting enrollments in a federal program is considered front-page news underscores the troubled history of this program. Of far deeper concern is that these are just enrollments. In other words, the hard work has not even begun. With the most expensive healthcare system in the world by an order of 10, and one that has many Byzantine contortions to stymie patients and providers alike, providing cost-effective care to those previously considered uninsurable will certainly stress the system in unforeseeable ways.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Sabino Salazar does not have health insurance, but he has a wife and three children. Yet everywhere that Salazar, 39, a garment worker, turned Saturday at a health fair in downtown Los Angeles, he encountered variations on the same morbid message: Without insurance, something bad will almost certainly happen. The fair was part of "Cover the Uninsured Week," a media blitz by 80 organizations pushing for increased healthcare coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
OPINION
October 15, 2013 | By Jane Mansbridge
Two different narratives have been at play in Washington lately to explain what caused the government shutdown. In the first, House Republicans are to blame for trying to hold Democrats and the president hostage over a law that was duly passed by Congress. In the other, Democrats are to blame for their rigid refusal to compromise on Obamacare. But there's a part of the story that seemingly has been lost in history: Democrats have already compromised on healthcare reform by adopting Obama/RomneyCare in the first place.
OPINION
April 20, 2014
Re "Obamacare enrollments top 8 million," April 18 As a physician devoted to the care of the indigent, I applaud President Obama's initiative to provide healthcare insurance for uninsured Americans. That reporting enrollments in a federal program is considered front-page news underscores the troubled history of this program. Of far deeper concern is that these are just enrollments. In other words, the hard work has not even begun. With the most expensive healthcare system in the world by an order of 10, and one that has many Byzantine contortions to stymie patients and providers alike, providing cost-effective care to those previously considered uninsurable will certainly stress the system in unforeseeable ways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a 2 1/2-year extension of a program that requires insurance coverage for early autism treatment. Since its creation in 2011, the program has helped more than 12,500 Californians, according to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the author of the bills creating and extending the program. The California Autism Insurance Mandate requires private healthcare insurance plans to provide coverage for “behavioral health treatment” of children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week a set of measures aimed at preparing California for coming changes in how consumers get healthcare insurance. Some of the laws: • To head off deceptive marketing attempts, AB 1761 bans unauthorized individuals and businesses from claiming to represent the California Health Benefit Exchange, the new central marketplace for buying insurance that goes into effect in 2014. • Beginning in 2014, under AB 792, Californians who lose their health insurance because of job loss, divorce or legal separation will receive information about reduced-cost plans available through the health exchange and no-cost coverage from Medi-Cal.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By David Horsey
It's no surprise that professional pundits are shocked that the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority appears ready to toss out the entire federal healthcare plan -- the plan Republicans delight in calling "Obamacare. " Self-proclaimed experts are often wrong, though that does not slow down their relentless prognostications and chatter. And it will be no surprise that conservatives who decry judicial activism will cheer the justices if they choose to engage in decidedly bold judicial activism by nullifying a major piece of legislation passed and approved by democratically elected members of the legislative and executive branches of government.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By David Horsey
Word had barely come down that the Supreme Court majority was upholding the Affordable Care Act when incensed conservatives began printing up “Impeach John Roberts” T-shirts and a hacker had altered the chief justice's title on his Wikipedia page to “Chief Traitor of the United States.” On a freshly minted “Impeach John Roberts” Facebook page, one tea party “patriot” wrote, “Welcome to fascism. Thanks to this horrible decision from the 4 liberal justices and John Roberts there is zero limit to what the government can force us to do.” Outside of the perpetually alarmed right wing loony bin, however, Roberts was receiving praise for acting as the fair umpire he promised to be when he was confirmed by the Senate.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
HONOLULU -- Federal officials said Monday they would extend by 24 hours -- to midnight Tuesday -- the deadline to sign up to receive healthcare coverage beginning Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. The announcement came as President Obama, in an effort to show confidence in his signature program, symbolically signed up for a healthcare plan over the weekend. The deadline change will allow Americans to get coverage at the beginning of the year if they enroll before 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It was extended by federal officials in anticipation of increased demand for enrollment on the federal website, HealthCare.gov.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market. Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures. Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 people have selected a private health plan through Dec. 7. An additional 179,000 Californians have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government's healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama's health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. "What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation's largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
In the long run, Obamacare is likely to be as popular and permanent as Medicare, but, in the short term, it is turning into the worst political crisis of Barack Obama's presidency. On Thursday, the contrite president announced that Americans whose healthcare insurance policies have been canceled due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act would have another year to keep those policies. This new guarantee is meant to make up for his ill-considered promise that no one would lose their old policies if they wanted to keep what they had.  The problem with Obama's new promise, though, is that he cannot force insurers to restore policies they have already terminated.
OPINION
October 15, 2013 | By Jane Mansbridge
Two different narratives have been at play in Washington lately to explain what caused the government shutdown. In the first, House Republicans are to blame for trying to hold Democrats and the president hostage over a law that was duly passed by Congress. In the other, Democrats are to blame for their rigid refusal to compromise on Obamacare. But there's a part of the story that seemingly has been lost in history: Democrats have already compromised on healthcare reform by adopting Obama/RomneyCare in the first place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a 2 1/2-year extension of a program that requires insurance coverage for early autism treatment. Since its creation in 2011, the program has helped more than 12,500 Californians, according to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the author of the bills creating and extending the program. The California Autism Insurance Mandate requires private healthcare insurance plans to provide coverage for “behavioral health treatment” of children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
OK, so Social Security is going to be in trouble in, oh, 2033. And Medicare?  Uh oh, 2024. Hmmm. Let's see. That's close but probably OK on Social Security; not so good on Medicare (especially with my -- how to put this? -- non-vegan lifestyle). What? You weren't thinking the same thing? Tell me you didn't read The Times' article Tuesday and then do the math, trying to figure out if the two safety-net programs will be around long enough for you? Because that's what it's all about.  Tea party types like to harrumph about the debt their kids and grandkids are going to have to shoulder.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market. Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures. Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 people have selected a private health plan through Dec. 7. An additional 179,000 Californians have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
OPINION
October 2, 2013
Re "Congress fails to stop shutdown," Oct. 1 A sect of the Republican Party has again flexed its political muscle and effectively shut down the government because it doesn't feel it necessary for those without healthcare insurance now to be able to obtain it. This group has been unwilling to work with President Obama since he has been in office - if he says yes, they vote no; if he says up, they vote down. These lawmakers' concern has never been about what's right for the nation, but only about how to thwart the president whenever possible.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week a set of measures aimed at preparing California for coming changes in how consumers get healthcare insurance. Some of the laws: • To head off deceptive marketing attempts, AB 1761 bans unauthorized individuals and businesses from claiming to represent the California Health Benefit Exchange, the new central marketplace for buying insurance that goes into effect in 2014. • Beginning in 2014, under AB 792, Californians who lose their health insurance because of job loss, divorce or legal separation will receive information about reduced-cost plans available through the health exchange and no-cost coverage from Medi-Cal.
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