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August 12, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
They came with toothaches, limps, blurred vision and sniffling children. Inglewood's Fabulous Forum, where Magic and Kareem once operated, became a MASH unit Tuesday for 1,500 uninsured people who began queuing up at 2 a.m., desperate for medical attention. What an inspiration it was to see teams of volunteer doctors and nurses helping patients as part of a charity called Remote Area Medical. And what an indictment, as well, that a group known for its work in Appalachia was needed in the land of palm-shaded mansions.
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.
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.
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.
October 11, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
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 | 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.
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 | 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.
March 23, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Kim Geiger
As Americans delve into the healthcare blueprint approved by the House of Representatives on Sunday, they will confront a bargain not unlike those earlier generations of Americans faced with Social Security and Medicare. As Franklin D. Roosevelt did for old age assistance and Lyndon B. Johnson for healthcare for the elderly, President Obama will ask people to accept new costs and government requirements now in exchange for benefits and protections that most will not immediately see and some may never need at all. Under the healthcare plan Obama will sign into law Tuesday, millions of retirees will no longer have to worry about gaps in Medicare's prescription drug coverage.
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