November 11, 2004
Re "Judicial Remarks Stir Conservatives," Nov. 5: Those on the evangelical right are starting their crusade already. Their first target is Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). In speaking his mind on judicial appointments, he committed the faux pas of voicing his ideas, and now these pro-life groups are trying to prevent his becoming the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I wonder if these "pro-life" groups will also make sure that these judges who are antiabortion are also anti-death penalty and also antiwar?
January 3, 2012
Is nothing sacred? Re "Stars' prints set in cement, not stone," Dec. 29 So the owners of Grauman's Chinese Theatre think it's a jolly good idea to "broaden the range" of the theater's forecourt concrete blocks to include athletes and musicians. Such audacity. May we remind them that this theater is not a sports or rock concert venue but an icon that is truly a repository of Hollywood history and film. Check the daily throngs in the forecourt — the tourists are looking for and taking photos of film favorites, and yes, that includes the past.
May 22, 2007 |
Michael Moore and his movies have always been hard to miss. But with "Sicko," his acidic new documentary about healthcare, there's suddenly less of the filmmaker and his usual methods. Not wanting the limelight, Moore is forgoing the competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where he won the top prize with 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11." In "Sicko," he isn't chasing down insurance and pharmaceutical executives for confrontational interviews.
January 3, 2008 |
It's not often you see a presidential candidate stumped on the stump. But there was Sen. Barack Obama, fielding questions in yet another rural high school, when an Iowan stood up to ask about something that weighed on her mind: "What does your logo stand for?" "Oh, that logo, that's easy," the senator from Illinois began, turning to ponder the O-shaped symbol with the red-and-white stripes across the bottom. "This is . . . " A pause. "Well, first of all, I didn't really design it.
July 30, 2012 |
JERUSALEM -- Mitt Romney spent his final morning in Israel mingling with top donors, including super PAC mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. The group of more than 40 donors gathered for a breakfast Monday morning at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They were required to raise or donate $25,000 to $50,000 for entry. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million, according to the campaign's finance director, after a fundraiser in London last week that raised more than $2 million. Adelson, a casino magnate, has directed tens of millions of dollars to Republican super PACs this year, including $10 million to the independent group supporting Romney.
April 5, 2007 |
AS THEY TACK left and right state by state, the Democratic presidential contenders can't agree on much. But one cause they all support -- along with Republicans such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and California's own Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- is universal health coverage. And all of them are wrong. What these politicians and many other Americans fail to understand is that there's a big difference between universal coverage and actual access to medical care.
June 15, 2007 |
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Thursday proposed cutting healthcare costs by overhauling the patent process for breakthrough drugs and requiring health insurance companies to spend at least 85% of their premiums on patient care. During an appearance at the East Riverside Health Center, a federally funded community clinic, the former senator from North Carolina offered details of the universal healthcare proposal he had released in February.
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December 21, 2006 |
Arnold Schwarzenegger says one of his first purchases after coming to America 38 years ago was health insurance. "It's a cultural thing, maybe," he says. "I come from Austria, where everyone's insured. It was a totally normal thing to me. Like eating and sleeping and finding an apartment. It was like, 'Now you've got to get the insurance.' One of the things I wanted to do the first month." He found an insurance broker -- a former Mr. Olympia -- at a bodybuilding gym on Ventura Boulevard in L.A.
May 25, 2012 |
Universal coverage, Medicare for all, single payer - call it what you will. It's clear that conservative forces are determined to prevent such a system from ever being introduced at the national level. So it's up to the states. The catch is that to make universal coverage work at the state level, you'd need some way to channel Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare funds into the system. At the moment, that's difficult if not impossible. But legislation quietly being drafted by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)
July 26, 2009 |
Ted Kennedy wakes up mornings in his house on Cape Cod to a packet of news clippings put together by his wife. If there's a hearing going on in Washington, he watches on his computer. Five hundred miles away, Congress is wrestling with historic legislation to give every American access to quality healthcare. It is the moment the Massachusetts Democrat has worked toward for 46 years.