Posts Tagged ‘Tori Richards’

Sen. Gaines is suing Covered California

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Gaines, from campaign site

  Obamacare’s most vocal critic in the California Legislature has announced that he will be filing a lawsuit Wednesday against Covered California. Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado Hills, has recently sparred with Covered California’s director, Peter Lee, over accountability pertaining to th...

Calderons indicted in massive bribery, fraud case

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Ron-Calderon2

  State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Thomas, a former assemblyman, were indicted late Thursday in a massive bribery and insurance fraud case that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives. A 24-count criminal complaint made public Friday revealed that Ron Calderon, D-Mont...

Legislative bipartisan criticism aims at Covered CA spending

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Legislative bipartisan criticism aims at Covered CA spending

  Responding to a state senator’s call for an investigation into the marketing budget of California’s Obamacare exchange, the agency says it is in great financial shape and even received high marks for an audit conducted last year. “By 2015/16, we project a reserve of over $184 mill...

CA senator seeks audit of state Obamacare exchange

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
CA senator seeks audit of state Obamacare exchange

A California state senator is seeking to audit the state’s Obamacare exchange after a CalWatchdog.com story revealed that $1.37 million was spent on a campaign featuring an eight-hour web stream starring a gyrating Richard Simmons. The Jan. 16 event — now immortalized on YouTube — sho...

Covered California video features gyrating Richard Simmons

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Covered California video features gyrating Richard Simmons

Facing a $78 million budget shortfall, Covered California spent $1.37 million on an outreach campaign that included a video featuring exercise guru Richard Simmons gyrating on the floor and hugging a kneeling contortionist whose buttocks stuck in the air. The “Tell a Friend -- Get Covered” ca...

Covered California unplugs most top hospitals from patients

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Obamacare fix, beeler, cagle, Nov. 26, 2013

President Obama has been claiming that people can keep their favorite doctors under the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who wants a premier hospital in California better do some homework before signing up. A survey of the state’s top hospitals has revealed that most contract with only one o...

Buy 1, Get 3 Free! Experts say Obamacare ‘grace period’ gives fraudsters the green light

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Louie Gohmert officialphoto

Tucked inside nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act is a little-known provision that doles out three months of free health care to individuals who choose to default on their premiums. People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-...

CA says ‘no’ to Obamacare freebies, makes own law

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Shelton, Obamacare, Nov. 22, 2013

  One of the most liberal states in the nation has said no thanks to a key Obamacare provision and instead is enacting its own version of the law. California has decided to skirt the “Buy 1, Get 3 Free!” loophole in the Affordable Care Act, a modest piece of the sprawling health care regu...

Bankruptcy Series: What are the alternatives to bankruptcy?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. Nov. 12, 2012 By Tori Richards It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial oversight created a $14 billion debt, with more...

Report on Thomas death recommends police reforms

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the third part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. Part Two was about how L.A. sheriffs deal with the homeless. Aug. 28, 2012 By Tori Richards The videotaped poli...