Health Care

Poll: Weak support for Prop. 46, medical malpractice

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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I usually don't watch local TV news, which is about Los Angeles 45 miles away from Huntington Beach. But I watched NBC channel 4 yesterday night as a lead-in to Barbra Streisand on Jimmy Fallon's show. Babs still is fabulous! (She stayed away from politics.) Commercials included several anti-Prop...

Covered CA = VA

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Some thoughts for Memorial Day, which approaches on Monday. If there's one government program I favor, it's helping America's severely wounded veterans. When they signed up to defend our freedoms, they were promised that, should they be hurt in combat, the military would take care of them. Plain ...

For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

Revolt against ‘dog food’ school lunches went far beyond LAUSD

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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As I have pointed out repeatedly as a blogger and journo, Nanny Staters are bafflingly confident that people like being bullied into living their lives in a way that Nanny Staters approve. That’s why one of my favorite stories in many years was this December 2011 L.A. Times account of the stude...

Do CA electeds really believe pot is healthier than e-cigarettes?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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E-cigarettes that are far healthier than the normal kind remain under siege in California. Why? Cigarettes just aren't OK with the cool kids running the Golden State -- unless we're talking about marijuana cigarettes. How odd. "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restric...

Report: ‘Polio-like’ disease a menace to CA children

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Yahoo News, which is gearing up to be a player on the regional and national news scene, has a troubling new report about California: "Over a one-year period, five children in California developed a polio-like illness that caused severe weakness or paralysis in their arms and legs, a new case study ...

California’s version of Obamacare a success? Not by the numbers

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I'm pretty amazed at how long the CA media have gone along with the idea that the state's version of Obamacare is doing well. I wrote about Covered California in Sunday's U-T San Diego: "... the state’s version of Obamacare has reduced the number of Californians with health insurance while doing...

Actual state residents would struggle to recognize Paul Krugman’s California

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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What is it about California that inspires such insistently cheerful happy talk from New York Times columnist/Princeton professor Paul Krugman? This spring he claimed that California was in the middle of a roaring comeback. Has he ever been here? Read coverage of our Legislature? Read the Census B...

Obamacare: National media finally turn on Obama — and Nancy Pelosi

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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The national media are finally done with covering up the incompetence of Barack Obama. Savor this amazing lead from Ron Fournier of National Journal, the former AP Washington bureau chief who still helps set conventional wisdom about national politics: "Incompetence, deception, and lack of accounta...

Californians, you can “keep your insurance” a little longer

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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I received my notice of cancellation from Anthem Blue Cross October 14, stating my company's health insurance plan will no longer be available Jan. 1, 2014. But as a 20-year former Human Resource professional, panic did not set in. Instead, I was angry. I have a really good PPO plan. My annual...