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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.
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.
September 6, 2009 | Kristina Sherry
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 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
July 30, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
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 | 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.
October 16, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
It's not easy being Gavin Newsom. In righteously progressive San Francisco, the two-term mayor who calls himself a "pro-business Democrat" has been slammed as too conservative, even as he grappled creatively with chronic homelessness, signed into law the city's groundbreaking universal healthcare program and even helped make composting compulsory. Everywhere else, though, he's the liberal who rubbed the nation's nose in gay marriage. Now, as the 43-year-old finds himself in a tight race for lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado, he will need to persuade voters that he is more than the Gay Marriage Mayor ?
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.
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.
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.)
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