Yes, the Health Care Industry Is Conspiring to Steal Your Money

By: Monday September 29, 2014 8:10 am

Here are two news stories from this weekend that belong together. First, the Los Angeles Times found that insurance networks on the California exchange are getting narrower. From the LA Times: The state’s largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of [...]

The Affordable Care Act Helped Ms. Ward, But It Could Have Helped Millions More

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 12:32 pm

The op-ed “Obamacare to the Rescue” in the LA Times by Spike Dolomite Ward has been making the rounds among Democratic bloggers. Ms. Ward was an uninsured, disappointed Obama supporter until she got cancer.  Luckily, Ward was one of a few thousand Americans able to find, qualify for and afford the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan [...]

Economic Mobility in America Has Worsened

By: Monday December 5, 2011 9:17 am

In the past few decades it has become much rarer for the poor to move themselves out of poverty. From the LA Times: The ability to go from poor to rich — or at least to climb out of poverty — has become much harder to do in the last three decades, according to an [...]

Private Health Insurance Companies are Despicable

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 11:38 am

The large for-profit private insurance company Anthem Blue Cross has found a clever new way to screw over its consumers even if they have been diligent about paying their premiums on time over the years. I encourage everyone to read the entirety of this article in the LA Times: [Andrea] Kreuzhage has been making automatic [...]

Los Angeles Will Stop Paying Standard and Poor’s to Rate Its Investments

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 10:01 am

The City of Los Angeles will no long hire Standard and Poor’s to rate the city’s investment portfolio. From the LA Times: “We have really lost faith in S&P’s judgment,” Interim Treasurer Steve Ongele said. After its downgrade of U.S. debt last week, S&P cut its rating of L.A.’s general investment pool to AA from [...]

In Case of Bradley Manning, Time for Obama to Start Looking Backwards

By: Friday March 18, 2011 8:25 am

Drop “Aiding the Enemy” Charges Against Manning Add your name to our letter urging Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to drop the “aiding the enemy” charges against Bradley Manning. » Read the whole letter and add your name. Now that three of the nation’s largest newspapers–the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times–have [...]

LA Times: Bradley Manning’s Imprisonment is “Inhumane, Indefensible”

By: Monday January 17, 2011 2:16 pm

While the media fervor has subsided around Bradley Manning’s conditions at a Marine brig in Quantico, VA, we all need a reminder that nothing has changed for Bradley. He still spends 23 out of 24 hours alone in his cell in severe isolation, with severe restrictions on his social contact, news consumption, freedom to exercise, and ability to sleep.

That’s why it was encouraging to see the LA Times editorialize last week on Bradley Manning’s conditions, calling his imprisonment “inhumane” and “indefensible.”

Massive Insurance Rate Hike In California Despite Slow Growth in National Health Care Spending

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 8:15 am

This morning is the tale of two headlines — one from The New York Times and one from the Los Angeles Times — which are completely at odds with each other with regard to health care costs and the rationale for premium rate hikes. If health care spending has grown by only 4%, why does Blue Shield of California need to increase its rates by as much as 59%?

More Hints From Obama That Immigration Reform Will Not Happen This Year

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 1:15 pm

It is becoming more and more clear that President Obama and congressional Democrats don’t intend to get to immigration reform this year–despite the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently released an outline of a significantly right-leaning immigration proposal. Speaking at a Cinco de Mayo event in the White House Rose Garden, the president [...]

The Max Tax: Baucus Plan Fails to Control Growth of Insurance Premiums

By: Thursday September 24, 2009 7:45 am

The Los Angeles Times has good piece addressing one of the most underreported problems with the Baucus plan for health care “reform.” The Baucus bill lacks sufficient mechanisms to slow the out of control increase in insurance premiums.