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October 1, 2009 | Jordan Rau, Jordan Rau, who previously covered the California Legislature for The Times, is a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
When Congress began working on healthcare legislation this year, Massachusetts' universal insurance plan was often cited by Democrats as a model to follow. But as the increasingly difficult negotiations enter the fall, legislators might also study the lessons of California. In 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed covering the state's 6.5 million uninsured residents through a plan similar to the one Massachusetts had deployed the previous year. The California program would have required all citizens to obtain insurance, with the state subsidizing part of the premiums for lower earners.
March 21, 2010
In the cartoon cafeteria, everyone gets their just desserts, and it's usually a pie in the face. Nate Beeler sunk his not-so-sweet teeth into the pastry-chef-in-chief, as President Obama applied the pièce pièce despite all the résistance . Clay Bennett dished out an upside-down take that won't satisfy either side's appetite for blame. And Tom Toles' mint-condition mythical machine served up an out-of-this-world recipe for an unhealthy future political food fight. These guys don't sugarcoat it. Check please!
June 30, 2006
Re "Lawmakers, Gov. Reach Budget Deal," June 27 In a $131-billion budget, it is hard to understand how $23 million that would have provided healthcare to needy kids was a major sticking point. It is disappointing that a few legislators blocked what most policymakers and the public know is good policy. Californians will have the opportunity to finish the goal of ensuring that all children have health insurance with the Tobacco Tax Act of 2006 on the November ballot. WENDY LAZARUS Founder and Co-President The Children's Partnership Santa Monica Children's Partnership is a nonprofit group that promotes health coverage for California children.
August 14, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Andrew Zajac
A Senate panel has decided to scrap the part of its healthcare bill that in recent days has given rise to fears of government "death panels," with one lawmaker suggesting the proposal was just too confusing. The Senate Finance Committee is taking the idea of advance care planning consultations with doctors off the table as it works to craft its version of healthcare legislation, a Democratic committee aide said Thursday. Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the committee, said the panel dropped the idea because it could be "misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly."
October 9, 2009 | Mark Z. Barabak
Olympia J. Snowe may be, for the moment, the most powerful woman in Washington. As the lone congressional Republican working to support President Obama's health care overhaul, no one will be more closely watched when the Senate Finance Committee votes next week on a bill aimed at curbing costs, improving coverage and making insurance more attainable for those without. Many in her party are appalled that the Maine senator would even think of helping Obama. Her support might make it easier for moderate and conservative Democrats to go along.
March 19, 2010
We heard this week from a friend of the Op-Ed page, Carolyn Keenan Kmiec, the wife of Douglas Kmiec. Both are on leave from Pepperdine University while Doug is serving as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta. As strong supporters of President Obama's efforts to have healthcare understood as a basic human right, they are constantly being asked why the U.S. lacks the universal coverage that exists even in a far less affluent nation like Malta. This is an especially awkward question, noted Carol, "when one considers that Maltese doctors view house calls -- in this age of obesity and poor nutritional habits -- as vital to the doctor-patient relationship."
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.
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.
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