USA Today: Obamacare a fiasco in at least 34 states

The national media were asleep for a long, long time on Obamacare. But no more. This is from USA Today: “More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan

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New CA labor secretary Lanier has background in the Legislature

David Lanier has his hands full.  Formerly Gov. Jerry Brown’s legislative affairs secretary, on Nov. 6 the governor gave him the nod to be the California’s new secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Lanier takes charge more than

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Report: Millions in CA will remain uninsured, despite health care law

A new report from the California Healthcare Foundation offers several sobering statistics about the uninsured population in California, just as some of those who have signed up for health coverage through Covered California will see their coverage begin Jan. 1.

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Insurance agent: Covered CA CEO ‘should immediately resign’

Merry Christmas, everyone! The California media’s coverage continue to be on the benign side when it comes to our version of Obamacare. The recent revelations of Covered California’s deceit on insurance sign-ups were barely reported, with just a handful of

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California: worst for small business 3

It’s common knowledge that small businesses create most new jobs. Now this bad news for California: “California has landed on another naughty list, ranking as the state with the least friendly policy environment for small businesses, according to report from

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Judge: Pensions can’t be cut, but pay can

California still is a long way from resolving its pension crisis, in the courts and elsewhere. But here’s an important new development: “SAN JOSE — In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge

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Early warning on big 2014 story: CA trial lawyers’ power play

In an unusually tart warts-and-all Sac Bee profile of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, reporter Chris Cadelago gives early notice on what will be a huge story in state politics next year: “A 2014 initiative advanced by Jones, a Sacramento Democrat,

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Obamacare drop-dead date, quietly extended

With today as the final deadline to sign up for an Obamacare health plan, the White House announced yet another extension. According to the Washington Post, the White House did this without any public announcement of the change: But, without any public announcement,

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New report details California lawmakers accepting gifts

A new report by California Common Cause shows that elected officials in California accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts in 2012. The gifts to lawmakers, according to the non-partisan citizens’ lobby organization, came primarily from special interest groups

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Should California become six new states?

California is a famously big state. It’s the most populous state and the third largest. California’s economy is bigger than many foreign ones. And the state has truly diverse economic sectors — entertainment, agriculture, technology, to name a few. But

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