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.
April 19, 2011 |
At this point, there's at least one thing you can't blame Donald Trump for: being Donald Trump. Like the scorpion in Aesop's fables who must sting the frog because that's simply what scorpions do, the world renowned, self-promoting billionaire-clown must tout himself with passion and narcissistic self-regard. It was only a matter of time, for instance, before he came out with his own fragrance: Donald Trump Cologne by Donald Trump Eau De Toilettes. (You can find it on Amazon.com.
September 6, 2009 |
Members of Congress have been trying to pass healthcare legislation for years, perhaps leading to the assumption that people know what all the political jargon and policy buzzwords refer to. Here are some key terms: The exchange : A marketplace in which individuals could comparison-shop for insurance plans overseen by the government. Plans offered within the exchange would have to meet basic standards, to be determined by an expert panel (see below). It's still unclear on which level these exchanges would be offered -- national, regional, statewide, etc. Single-payer system : Sometimes called "Medicare for all," a system in which one entity (typically the government)
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.