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March 13, 2013
Re "GOP renews effort to kill ' Obamacare ,'" March 11 The costs and limitations of America's healthcare system have made it unsustainable. President Obama's healthcare law addressed some of the issues effectively but failed to address others and included some bad features. However, the correct path is not to scuttle the law entirely. If we do that, we will remain with an unsustainable healthcare system. We cannot go back to square one because it is highly likely that we would remain there.
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BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Kathleen says the cost of her health insurance has soared. She wants to know why -- and who she can complain to. Kathleen isn't alone. A lot of people have seen their health-insurance premiums rise in recent months, and there's a reason for this. Obamacare. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions That's not to say all such rate hikes are unjustified. In most cases, the costs are rising because the quality of the coverage is improving. The Affordable Care Act requires that all health insurance meets certain standards, and some plans are going up in cost for the simple reason that they're complying with the law. For more, plus who's taking complaints about such things, check out today's Ask Laz video.
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OPINION
July 14, 2013
Re "Focus on fixing, not gutting, the healthcare act," Column, July 12 David Lazarus wants our lawmakers to act like adults when weighing healthcare reform. However, when that large group of mature men and women in the House votes 37 times to repeal a democratically enacted law upheld by the Supreme Court, and also lies about the law's effects, we are dealing with the tantrums of children. The way to make a child modify his behavior is to take away some of his privileges.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
With open enrollment for Obamacare wrapped up, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California. Anthem signed up 425,058 people through April 15, or 30% of Covered California's exchange market under the Affordable Care Act, new data show. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer. San Francisco insurer Blue Shield of California trails Anthem with a 27% share, or 381,457 enrollees.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You'd think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices. You'd think the entire reform is on " life support ," as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.
OPINION
September 21, 2013
Re "'This is the line in the sand,' House Republicans say," Sept. 19 Paraphrasing Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. The Republicans are distorting the facts on public support for Obamacare. The September Pew Research poll shows that 53% disapprove of Obamacare, while 42% approve. What Republicans are not saying is that, according to a May CNN poll, more than a quarter of those disapproving are opposed because the law does not go far enough. The Pew poll also reports that about half of the 53% who disapprove of the law (27% overall)
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Deborah Cavallaro is a hard-working real estate agent in the Westchester suburb of Los Angeles who has been featured prominently on a round of news shows lately, talking about how badly Obamacare is going to cost her when her existing plan gets canceled and she has to find a replacement. She says she's angry at President Obama for having promised that people who like their health plans could keep them, when hers is getting canceled for not meeting Obamacare's standards.  "Please explain to me," she told Maria Bartiromo on CNBC Wednesday, "how my plan is a 'substandard' plan when ... I'd be paying more for the exchange plans than I am currently paying by a wide margin.
OPINION
March 26, 2014
Re “Health law's winners in plain sight,” Column, March 23 I was a loyal Republican for 30 years, yet once I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, every health insurance company told me “no coverage.” This was my wake-up call - knowing my party had abandoned me when I needed it most. I am now an independent, and so proud that someone empowered the people to stand up to the big corporate healthcare companies. How can we consider ourselves proud Americans when we abandon our own people because of a chronic disease?
OPINION
December 5, 2012
Re "Dislodging Obamacare," Opinion, Nov. 30 Michael F. Cannon presents an argument brimming with numbers outlining the costs to states and individuals of various aspects of Obamacare. Absent from his essay are the costs of not implementing it. He demonstrates how states can exempt 18 million residents from the obligation to buy insurance by skirting the law; what are the costs to states and other taxpayers of those 18 million going uninsured? What about the estimated $1,000 a year it costs those of us who buy insurance to pay for the healthcare of those who don't?
OPINION
November 30, 2012 | By Michael F. Cannon
Republicans believed a Mitt Romney win would seal Obamacare's fate. Democrats - or rather, the lonely two-fifths of Americans who support the president's beleaguered healthcare law - believed an Obama win would secure its future. Both sides were kidding themselves. Romney may have pledged to repeal the law, but his positions on Obamacare had the life span of a rainbow. He supported an identical law when he got the credit for signing it as governor of Massachusetts. He then opposed Obamacare when that's what GOP primary voters wanted to hear, and later endorsed parts of it when he thought that's what moderate voters wanted to hear.
OPINION
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new state insurance exchanges, including more than 1.3 million at Covered California. That's an amazing and welcome result, considering how badly many of the exchanges stumbled when sign-ups began in October. Nevertheless, it's far too early to judge the success or failure of the healthcare law, given that key tests of the program's sustainability have yet to be passed.
OPINION
April 16, 2014
Re "For working poor, new health premiums can be a burden," April 14 The headline on this article is very misleading. The impression given is that Obamacare places an undue burden on low-income citizens. This story is about someone - 63-year-old Barbara Garnaus - who went for years without any insurance, relying on good health and free clinics. Now she has cancer and has bought insurance under Obamacare. Before healthcare reform, she probably would not have been able to obtain insurance at all after the cancer was diagnosed.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people have signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
After many deadline extensions and grace periods, Tuesday will mark the end of the first open enrollment for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange is encouraging thousands of people who have started an application to finish before midnight Tuesday. March 31 was originally the sign-up deadline. But the enrollment website for the Covered California exchange was swamped that day and kept crashing. That prevented thousands of consumers, enrollment counselors and insurance agents from completing the application process as part of the Affordable Care Act. In response, state officials extended a grace period until Tuesday for anyone who had already started an application or ran into last-minute problems.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Polls have consistently shown that even though the public opposes Obamacare, people like some of its most significant provisions. That's particularly true of the requirement that insurers ignore preexisting conditions when signing up customers for coverage. Yet that one provision, also known as guaranteed issue, is responsible for trade-offs that people bitterly oppose. Here are two good illustrations of this dichotomy. In The Times on Monday, Soumya Karlamangla reported on the plight of some of those who aren't poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal, the insurance program for Californians with incomes near the poverty line.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums under Obamacare will help cut the long-term cost of the program 7% over the next decade, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office. The government's reduction of $104 billion in subsidies for those premiums was the main factor that led the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog to cut its projection of the nation's federal deficit by nearly $300 billion through 2024. According to the CBO report, released Monday, the average annual premium for the new healthcare exchanges' mid-level Silver plan - used as a benchmark - is expected to be $4,400 by 2016.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Various factions in the medical world have poured money into lobbying in a battle over how President Obama's healthcare law is implemented in California. One of the biggest questions, George Skelton says in his Thursday column, is whether there will be enough doctors to handle all of the newly insured residents. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is pushing legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to operate independently of doctors and respond to the growing need for medical attention.  In an understatement, Hernandez said that "this is all very contentious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment in Laguna Woods. Having good health helped. Garnaus got by without medical insurance, relying on yearly exams at a free clinic. But that changed last year: Garnaus now needs treatment for cancer, and she bought insurance under Obamacare.
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that the health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons. “People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market,” Sebelius said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press. " Before, she said, “individuals were really on their own” if they did not have insurance through an employer or the government.
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