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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2009 | By Eric Bailey
Federal health officials are casting doubt on a last-gasp funding scheme by California to keep nearly 700,000 children from being yanked from its government health insurance program for the working poor. U.S. health officials say the plan adopted by the state during the final days of the legislative session in September and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may not meet regulatory muster. As a result, children's health advocates are warning that by the end of next year, hundreds of thousands of poor youngsters could lose their coverage -- even as the Obama administration continues its push for universal healthcare.
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OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2007 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2008 | Maria L. La Ganga and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
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.
OPINION
April 19, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
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.
OPINION
April 5, 2007 | Michael Tanner and Michael Cannon, MICHAEL TANNER is director of health and welfare studies and MICHAEL CANNON is director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute.
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.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2006 | George Skelton
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.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2012 | David Lazarus
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.)
NATIONAL
July 26, 2009 | Faye Fiore and Noam N. Levey
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.
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