| Nov 27, 2013
By the numbers, Peter V. Lee has some reason to crow while the feds are eating crow. The executive director of Covered California can be pleased that, as of mid-November, nearly a third of all Americans who signed up under the new healthcare law were...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:30 PM
The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies.
| Nov 6, 2013
Here's what President Barack Obama should have said, "If you like your insurance plan you can keep it — if it's not a junk policy."
He could have used more elegant language than that, but you get the idea.
Instead, as everyone who follows the...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 2:30 PM
"We're not in Kansas anymore," said the smirking congressman from Texas, pleased with his own witlessness.
Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican, was addressing Kathleen Sebelius, a former governor of Kansas, now secretary of health and human services, who is...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Wendell Morris stopped recently at a Rite Aid drugstore in Santa Monica to get a flu shot.
A worker at the pharmacy said Morris' insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, didn't cover flu shots. So Morris paid about $30 out of pocket for the vaccination.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 2:55 PM
Two basic realities about Obamacare have been in obvious conflict since the law passed in early 2010. Now the trains are heading for a collision with insurers standing on the tracks between them, trying to restore order.
No, it is not true that the...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 7:16 AM
Dear Pharmacist: I have eczema that comes and goes, and I'm currently using a steroid cream, which helps. I am sure when I stop the cream, it will return. Any advice? — E.H., Tampa
Dear E.H.: There are many factors to consider when treating...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 12:36 PM
You could argue that Pennsylvania is lagging in any number of areas. Education. Bridge and highway repairs. Environmental protection. Access to health insurance.
But there are some things we would be happy to lag in, which made the implied criticism...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Democrats worked for 60 years to get a federal program to achieve something resembling universal health insurance. Too bad they didn't use that time to make sure that when they got it, it would work.
Americans are often portrayed as bitterly divided...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Think you can keep a medical condition secret from life insurers by paying cash for prescription meds? Think again.
A for-profit service called ScriptCheck exists to rat you out regardless of how diligent you are in trying to keep a sensitive matter...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"I am not a member of any organized political party," the humorist Will Rogers said. "I am a Democrat."
Even Will Rogers would be shocked at the disjointed and self-destructive congressional Republican Party of today. By forcing a government shutdown...