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."
November 21, 2009 |
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 |
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.
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.