December 18, 2009 |
When Senate Democratic leaders agreed this week to remove a public insurance plan from their massive healthcare bill, they did more than quash a liberal dream of expanding the government safety net. They effectively pinned their hopes of guaranteeing coverage to all Americans on a far more conventional prescription: government regulation. The change sprang from a compromise made to placate conservative Democrats wary of a new government program. But shorn of a "public option," the Senate healthcare bill has reverted to a long-established practice of leveraging government power to police the private sector, rather than compete with it. Despite the resistance among Republicans and conservatives to more government regulation, even the insurance industry has agreed to broad new oversight of their business in exchange for the prospect of gaining millions of new customers.
September 15, 2009 |
When the managing director of a small, trouble-prone Iranian airline won official permission in March to lease a couple of aging Russian-made airplanes, the country's small circle of aviation professionals gossiped about the strings he must have pulled to get the government's approval. And when one of the planes burst aflame on the runway in late July, killing the executive, Mehdi Dadpei, his son and 14 others, few in the industry were surprised. "Aria was famous for not adhering to safety standards for years," said an Iranian aviation industry insider, who spoke extensively to The Times on condition of anonymity.
July 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has struck down a key provision in an Obama administration regulation that would have penalized education programs whose graduates end up with huge debts and low job prospects. The Education Department's "gainful employment regulations," which would have gone into effect Sunday, were designed to prevent career training programs, mainly at for-profit colleges, from leaving students with unaffordable debt and limited employment options. Critics of for-profit colleges expressed disappointment over the decision.
May 28, 1985 |
The government, saying new measures must be taken at the start of a new technological era, has announced steps to regulate videocassette production here to protect producers' rights. The government's radio, television and cinematographic department established a new office in which all types of audio-visual materials can be registered for resale with a department seal.
November 24, 1996
Thank you for a fine article detailing the wish list known as "ergonomic devices" ("I Compute, Ergo I Ache," Nov. 11). Perhaps you could follow up with an article explaining the insanity of thrusting an "ergonomic regulation" on California's business community that has the same chance of success as these slickly designed but poorly performing keyboards, etc. The article says scientific research on the devices is inconclusive, and a leading researcher says...
October 3, 2004
Re "State Bans Hand-Weeding on Most Farms," Sept. 24: An emergency regulation to ban hand-weeding? The farmers of this state should be embarrassed. I know I am. As one who worked his early years hoeing and pulling weeds by hand and for more than 60 years has continued with these tasks, I learned early when hoeing was appropriate and when the hand-weeding was needed. Hoeing close to a plant is potentially harmful to its roots and stem. The farmer and the field worker are the ones who should be making the decisions on how to remove weeds from the crops, not the government.