March 31, 2013 |
"In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it's considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional. " Ian Morrison, a Scottish-born futurist and healthcare consultant, was joking when he said those words. But not entirely. Substantial data support his point. Medicare statistics, for example, reveal that Los Angeles leads the nation in the amount of medical services provided during the last six months of a person's life. Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere.
March 15, 2012 |
The epic debate over President Obama's controversial individual health insurance mandate finally reaches the Supreme Court this month. Stripped of legal jargon, the administration's defense of the mandate - and the broader Affordable Care Act - boils down to this: The U.S. healthcare system was badly broken, so we had to fix it. Indeed, the fierce battle over reform was based on the perception that Americans did not get good value for their...
December 2, 2009
Senate Democrats will have to win several procedural votes if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill. AMENDMENTS Lawmakers from both parties are allowed to offer amendments to the healthcare bill. When expected: Now through Christmas or beyond. Votes required: Subject to negotiation, with 60 likely for more contentious amendments. CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL Required to end a Republican filibuster and move to a vote on the bill.
October 11, 2009 |
Late last month, as the Senate Finance Committee labored to produce its version of a healthcare bill, the Republican whip, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, renewed an old warning. If the federal government intervenes to hold healthcare costs down, Kyl said, the result would be something nobody wants: rationing. "The federal bureaucrats would, in effect, reduce the payment to providers, forcing them to reduce the care," Kyl warned. "It's not the government directly that is actually rationing care; now, we wouldn't want to do that.
June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Television cameras will surround the Supreme Court Thursday morning, as they did Monday, anticipating something that may, again, not happen. The momentous healthcare decision could be announced Thursday. Or not. All we really know is that it is extremely likely to be handed down by the following Thursday, June 28, when the court is expected to end its current term. The court works in secrecy as it prepares its opinions, and outsiders might be surprised to learn that some of its work is done at the last minute.
September 29, 2012
Re "Shoddy care for veterans becomes campaign issue," Column, Sept. 26 I'm not in Rep. Henry Waxman's district, so I have no dog in his political fight over healthcare for veterans. But I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran who has received treatment at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs hospital. Nurses and doctors there have saved my life. I have had my eyesight restored and a life-threatening condition caused by Agent Orange treated on an ongoing basis. During this time, the repair and rehabilitation of old clinics has continued.
June 30, 2012 |
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to email@example.com, most of which are spam, messages sent as part of letter-writing campaigns and more. After deleting those messages, I'm usually left with 500 to 1,000 usable letters to the editor to consider for six weekly pages. Between 60 and 70 letters end up running in the paper during any given week. Here is a snapshot of this week's mailbag. 702 usable letters were sent to firstname.lastname@example.org between 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
March 26, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner mocked as a “joke” the Obama administration's decision to offer a grace period for enrollment in health plans beyond March 31, saying it made the deadline “meaningless.” The Obama administration announced late Tuesday that consumers who say they started the process before month's end will have additional time to complete their enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a...
April 23, 2012 |
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...
March 29, 2010
Unspoiled beauty Re "Saving the untrampled," March 22 Thanks to The Times for introducing many to the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. It is California's best-kept secret -- a place where our state's diverse natural landscapes come together and can still be seen unspoiled. It has valleys where elk graze on wildflower prairies stretching as far as the eye can see, just as John Muir described them in 1868. Deeply shadowed old-growth forests -- home to Pacific giant salamanders, banana slugs, Pacific fishers and blue grouse -- extend north to Alaska but begin in this area.