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April 28, 2007
Re "Democrats go their own way on healthcare," April 22 In the plan proposed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles), the working uninsured -- by far the majority of California uninsured -- would be required to buy private health insurance if their employers opted into the state plan. The employer's share of the premium cost would be limited by law; employees would have to pay whatever the insurer demanded. Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nunez would require us to buy private health insurance whether we could afford it or not. We would be forced to buy insurance with the cheapest premiums possible.
November 10, 2011 | David Lazarus
Insurance is one of those products you hope you never have to use. But if you do have to, you expect it to be there for you when you need it. At the very least, you don't want your insurer throwing curveballs at you with a lot of rigmarole about terms and conditions that you weren't even told about in the first place. That's the situation Dudley Johnson, 57, of Altadena found himself in after trying to get Citibank to make good on its Credit Protector Program, which promises to safeguard people who lose their jobs by "freezing payments to your Citi account for up to two years.
September 6, 1990
Bondholders of bankrupt American Continental Corp. filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday to seek a court order enforcing insurance policies that 21 carriers provided for the directors and officers of the company and its primary unit, the failed Lincoln Savings & Loan in Irvine. The bondholders already have filed more than 15 lawsuits against the company and thrift seeking the return of about $200 million in investments.
January 24, 1993
A recent Los Angeles Times article, "Big Insurers Cast Wary Eye on Clinton's Health Plans" (Dec. 7), erroneously reported that Phoenix Home Life does not support President Bill Clinton's health care reform proposals. In fact, Phoenix Home Life has a significant area of agreement with many of the views expressed by the President. In working out the details necessary to achieve true health care reform, we need to be mindful of the impact of each and every proposal on the ultimate users of the system, the consumers.
May 13, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS
If you're shopping for renter's insurance, be sure to: 1. Make a detailed inventory of your household goods and personal possessions, estimating the value of each. Note prices and dates of purchase where possible. Keep a copy of your list, including store receipts and photographs of items, in a safe place away from home. 2. Obtain quotes from several insurers, comparing costs, quality and coverage, as premiums vary widely. 3.
April 24, 1988
"The Fight of Their Lives" was both illuminating and forthright. I thought that most of the information was accurate: that the implications both for the public and the health care industry are enormous and all bad. Simross and Johnston touched on two vicious lapses in the practice of insurance, permitted by law, that have needed to be changed for some time. The changes needed are not solely to combat abuses that can, do and will arise out of AIDS claims, but other illnesses as well.
February 2, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
If you're like many business owners, you embrace technology for the efficiencies it can bring to your operations--and you worry about keeping abreast of it. Your insurance broker should worry, too, because if your business coverage lags behind the pace of technological change, it may cost you more than necessary, and in a worst-case scenario it could land you in a fight with your carrier. Why?
Investors driven to safe havens--such as bank deposits and certificates of deposit--may be shocked to find that not all bank deposits are safe. In the last three years, investors have lost $114 million to bank failures because they exceeded the $100,000-per-depositor insurance limit imposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. And even as failures such as the collapse last summer of Superior Bank of Hinsdale, Ill., grab headlines, the estimated amount of uninsured deposits in U.S.
August 3, 2003 | James Flanigan
The Pentagon's idea to set up a futures market in terrorism, in which financial traders would bet on the likelihood of assassinations, truck bombings and the like around the world, was laughed out of existence last week. And for good reason. Flawed on a number of fronts, this was a system that conceivably could have prompted terrorists to kill -- and make a killing at the same time.
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