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November 12, 2013 |
Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here's the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the land rolls clumsily into being, that it's not working out to everyone's advantage. "I'm a 55-year-old woman in excellent health and have a catastrophic health plan," she wrote recently to Obama and California Sens.
November 11, 2013 |
President Obama apologized last week to people whose health insurance was canceled despite his repeated assurances that if you like your policy, it won't change. The charitable way of putting it is that Obama oversold details of the healthcare-reform law in his speeches. His critics say he flat-out lied. This wouldn't even be an issue if Obama had qualified his remarks simply by adding that you'd be able to keep your insurance as long as it meets minimum standards for coverage, which is a big part of what Obamacare is all about.
October 30, 2013 |
As he tried to reframe the national discussion about healthcare reform on Wednesday, President Obama uttered an outright fib: “This debate has never been about right or left,” he said of the ceaseless fighting over his healthcare plan. Oh, yes, it has. And is. Faced with a blizzard of bad PR as a result of a faltering website that had been designed as the main portal for those seeking insurance under the plan, Obama went to Boston to park himself in the place where Republicans and Democrats passed a state health program that served as a model for the national one. His intent was multi-pronged: By location, he sent the reminder that in places where all parties worked to pass and improve healthcare reform, the program has succeeded.
October 24, 2013
Re "Health site gets a top repairman," Oct. 23 What stuns me about the troubles with Healthcare.gov is how they contrast with the Obama team's technological prowess during his election campaigns. Most of the postmortem analysis after the president's reelection was about how brilliant his team was technologically. Their data-mining operation, their digital mastery, their use of the best and the brightest schooled in the latest scientific techniques in polling made them unbeatable.
October 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican members of Congress offered glimpses of rifts within their party in the wake of the government shutdown Sunday, suggesting that raw feelings might hobble progress on other pressing issues. The leader of the conservative Republican opposition to President Obama's healthcare overhaul, which triggered the government shutdown, freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz remained defiant. Cruz said he would keep focusing on Obamacare in the coming months, despite calls from the White House and members of both parties of Congress to take up issues such as immigration reform.
October 17, 2013
Re "A concrete risk," Oct. 13 In light of perhaps the most important Times story to appear in many years, it behooves the policymakers in Los Angeles City Hall, the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, the Building Owners and Managers Assn. of Greater Los Angeles and the business establishment to figure out a reasonable and equitable way to finance the massive job of retrofitting the more than 1,000 old concrete buildings at risk of collapsing during the next big earthquake - ASAP.
October 17, 2013
Re "Many furloughed workers struggling," Business, Oct. 12 The Times has reported extensively about the hurt inflicted by the government shutdown on the 99%. The only power these people really have to bring about change is at the ballot box. I hope that when the 2014 elections come, people do some soul-searching and find who really laid this burden on them. Mike Siegel Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: A history of healthcare reform Letters: Fix L.A.'s concrete buildings -- now Letters: Treat the mentally ill, don't jail them
October 17, 2013
Re "A history lesson for the GOP," Opinion, Oct. 15 Jane Mansbridge's article should be cast in stone and delivered to every member of Congress and to the president. Mansbridge reminds us that the Democrats already gave huge concessions to the conservatives on the Affordable Care Act by giving up the publicly popular single-payer (expanded Medicare) option. The president and the Democrats have also caved in to the deficit hawks over the last three years by cutting nearly $4 trillion out of the budget.
October 17, 2013
Re Editorial cartoon by David Horsey, Opinion, Oct. 15 David Horsey's implication that Ayn Rand's philosophy and work were oppressive to the poor continues the glib and reflexive tradition of disparaging Rand while remaining ignorant of her ideas. In fact, Rand's life and work were dedicated to eradicating poverty of every kind. She fought for freedom, opportunity and the creation of wealth that was not hindered by race, social class, religion, gender or government manipulation.
October 15, 2013 |
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.