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January 10, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Obamacare's biggest problem isn't the troubled website anymore. Consumers are easing up on criticism of government exchanges and turning their frustration and fury toward some of the nation's biggest health insurers. All too often, new policyholders say, the companies can't confirm coverage, won't answer basic questions, and haven't issued identification numbers needed to fill prescriptions or get medical care. Day after day, people say, they contact insurance company call centers waiting hours at a time with no response.
January 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
SCRANTON, Pa. - When Detroit filed for bankruptcy, hundreds of residents took to the streets to protest what they saw as a drastic approach to fixing the city's budget problems. But in this hilly town of 76,000 in northeastern Pennsylvania, residents have a different view of Chapter 9: They want the city to declare bankruptcy. And soon. "The silent majority would like to see bankruptcy," said Bob "Ozzie" Quinn, president of the Scranton and Lackawanna County Taxpayers Assn.
January 9, 2014 | By Henri J. Barkey
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced this week that she was giving up her campaign to unseat an incumbent U.S. senator in her father's home state of Wyoming. Her campaign had angered many as she had sauntered from her longtime home state of Virginia to Wyoming. She certainly is not unique. Today in America and around the world, families cling to power, passing the baton from one generation to another or from spouse to spouse. We have had two Bushes in the White House and one in the Florida governor's mansion.
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Hundreds of students and faculty at a financially troubled South Gate trade school were left angry and unsure of their fate Thursday, after the school abruptly closed its doors and federal officials said students would no longer be eligible for financial aid. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to offer student loans, grants and other assistance had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems....
January 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Greece on Wednesday took over the rotating presidency of the European Union amid hopeful forecasts of an end this year to its protracted recession but lingering resentment of the austerity imposed by the 28-nation bloc. Public anger over the belt-tightening that has been required as the Greek economy shrunk by 25% over the last six years prompted authorities to ban protests in Athens for 18 hours while EU officials and Greek leaders celebrated the transfer of the ceremonial six-month leadership term from Lithuania.
January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After months of deepening federal investigations, damning news exposes and a scathing county commission report that decried his "failure of leadership," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca finally took the hint Tuesday and announced that he would step down at the end of the month rather than seek a fifth four-year term. It's the right decision, and one we hope will enable the department to reverse some of Baca's many mistakes and begin to fix the many problems that have plagued it during his nearly 16-year tenure.
January 6, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Paperwork and computer glitches are still tripping up some eager consumers who are seeking coverage through California's insurance exchange and its 11 health plans. On Monday, the Covered California exchange said that all the applications it received online for coverage starting Jan. 1 have been sent to participating insurers, but that it is still sorting through an unspecified number of paper applications for that time period. In light of that delay, last weekend the state exchange extended the payment deadline for January premiums by nine days to Jan. 15. A week into the new year, some people are still waiting to get an invoice or confirmation of coverage.
January 3, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Since you're probably wondering, let's just get this out of the way: Jessie Mueller, the actress playing the title role in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on Broadway, has met the famed singer-songwriter but only once, during a surprise visit to a rehearsal last fall. "It was brief but beautiful," the 30-year-old actress recalled during a recent lunch at a burger joint across the street from the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where "Beautiful" has been in previews since November and will officially premiere Jan. 12. "She was just as cool as I wanted her to be. " The jukebox musical uses hits by King and others to tell her remarkable life story.
December 29, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
This was the year that millions of Americans learned that health insurance is complicated. The landscape they discovered is ugly. Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's office, higher prescription costs. You may have to pay more to see a certain doctor or go to a certain hospital. After New Year's Day 2014, the discoveries will keep coming, when many of the newly insured use their policies for the first time.
December 27, 2013 | By Benjamin H. Friedman and Christopher Preble
A recent Pew Research poll finds that historically high numbers of Americans want their government to do less abroad. That worries many foreign policy elites, who fear that bad wars and growing debt are reviving old-fashioned isolationism. But the public is neither isolationist nor misguided when it comes to foreign policy. Americans do not want to withdraw from the world; they just prefer not to try to run it with their military. A security strategy made to match those preferences - what we and others call restraint - would keep us out of avoidable trouble and husband our resources, ultimately making us safer and richer.
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