November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 |
Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here's the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the land rolls clumsily into being, that it's not working out to everyone's advantage. "I'm a 55-year-old woman in excellent health and have a catastrophic health plan," she wrote recently to Obama and California Sens.
November 12, 2013
Re "Californians uneasy about healthcare law," USC Dornsife/Times Poll, Nov. 10 The results of this poll are neither surprising nor particularly meaningful. Those who stand to gain from a law will support it; those who don't, won't. In deep-blue California, the middle class has been steadily shrinking. The wealthy among us need not worry about escalating premiums, deductibles and copays as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Californians at the other end of the economic scale look forward to receiving government subsidies.
November 11, 2013 |
Amid an uproar over widespread cancellations of health insurance policies, Anthem Blue Cross of California said it is granting a two-month extension through February to 104,000 customers. California's largest for-profit insurer is offering more time to a small portion of its canceled policyholders because the insurance giant didn't send termination notices in time under state rules. This move comes at a time when an estimated 1 million Californians and several million more nationwide stand to lose their existing health insurance at the end of the year because it doesn't meet all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Under the healthcare law, these consumers are guaranteed replacement coverage regardless of their medical history, and some may qualify for federal premium subsidies.
November 8, 2013 |
President Obama's hollow promise that Americans who liked their own healthcare plans would not have to give them up under Obamacare may prove to be another tempest in a tea party teapot, but it might also balloon into a political gale that blows away the highest hopes for his second term in the White House. Winning reelection to the presidency is often a triumph before a fall. Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide; two years later, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.
November 6, 2013
Re "A plague on both your parties," Opinion, Nov. 3 Doyle McManus makes valid points regarding Americans' disgust at both parties on a variety of issues. With regard to the Affordable Care Act, there is nonstop coverage about the president's past declarations that those happy with their insurance policies could keep them. You can debate the degree of deceit - that is, whether it was poorly chosen words or an outright lie. What I don't hear anyone talking about is how this could have affected the 2012 election.