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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.
November 21, 2009 | By Noam N. Levey and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Democrats and their allies formally moved their healthcare bill to the Senate floor tonight, rebuffing Republicans and ensuring that lawmakers will get a long and acrimonious debate on the overhaul of the healthcare system. All 58 Democrats and the two independents who usually vote with them backed cloture on a motion to proceed, a needed procedural step to bring the Democratic-backed healthcare bill to the floor and open formal debate. Thirty-nine Republicans opposed the motion.
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.
August 16, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Thousands of people lined up last week for free medical treatment at the Forum in Inglewood. The arena floor resembled a vast healthcare assembly line as hundreds of patients at a time were seen by dozens of doctors, dentists and optometrists. But many others had to be turned away because of a shortage of medical professionals willing to volunteer their time and expertise. Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical, the nonprofit group that organized the Forum mega-clinic, was clearly frustrated by being unable to match the overwhelming demand for healthcare with a sufficient supply of caregivers.
March 28, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
As tough questions swirled about President Obama's healthcare reform law, White House officials said Wednesday that they aren't making plans for the possibility that the Supreme Court knocks some or all of it down. The White House expects that the law will be upheld, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, and is focused on implementing the healthcare law. “There's no contingency planning going on,” Earnest told reporters. “We remain fully confident in the believe that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.” Senior administration officials also defended the work of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, after a spate of critical assessments rendered by left-leaning writers in the wake of Tuesday's oral arguments.
February 26, 2014 | By Craig B. Garner
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. As reference, Santa Ana is 30 miles from Los Angeles.
June 21, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps
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.
July 18, 2012 | By Ira Byock
The Affordable Care Act remains in Republican cross hairs and very much in the news. In recent days, several patients have asked me what the law will mean for them. Many of the people I care for are incurably ill and need expensive medical care to stay alive. They've heard politicians say "Obamacare" will take away their choices, rob them of hope for living longer and cast their fate to "death panels" of faceless bureaucrats. Fortunately, none of this is true. As a palliative care physician, I was relieved by the Supreme Court's ruling and hope Congress allows the law to stand.
August 14, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
At first glance, this city of 45,000 looks like so many others, a spiral of ranch homes, shopping centers and chain stores. But to healthcare reformers, Grand Junction, Colo., is the land of innovation -- a place that provides high-quality healthcare at a fraction of the regular price. The local HMO offers prenatal care to all women in the county. Doctors evaluate themselves partly on the cost-effectiveness of treatments they prescribe. Nurses often check on patients home from the hospital to help prevent relapses.
June 30, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to, 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 between 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
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