| Nov 1, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats.
Recent history tells us...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A caucus of seven nervous Democratic senators, led by Mark Begich of Alaska, has been pushing a plan to "reform" the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurers to offer an even skimpier insurance plan than the skimpiest permitted now.
The idea of their...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 3:51 PM
Proposition 45, which would allow California's insurance commissioner to regulate rates for certain medical plans, is a close call for this voter.
On the one hand, the commissioner would be touching on — although not exactly duplicating —...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 5:39 PM
There are a lot of people who resent having to buy health insurance under Obamacare. Presumably their only weakness is Kryptonite.
Then there are those who desire Obamacare coverage but have been forced out of the program and into plans for low-income...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 7:46 PM
California's initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics.
Unlike in the legislature, there are no back rooms where favors can be traded; everything's got to be done in public —...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Some provisions went into effect by the end of that year and some over the following three years.
But by popular perception, the act kicked in last Oct. 1, when enrollment for...
| Apr 9, 2013
With (the president) promising that every American will be covered by health insurance, it's fair to ask if you and I should be required to pay for fools who put themselves in the hospital by taking stupid chances.
Like motorcycle riders who suffer...
| Aug 3, 2009
For new moms, returning to work raises fresh questions and challenges.
There's the pangs of separation. The sleep deprivation. And then there's something we don't talk about very often: breast-feeding.
We'll get back to earnings reports and economic...
| Feb 16, 2011
Second of two parts.
Sunday's column took a look at the recent Tea Party rally that marked the unveiling of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's first budget.
Scott claimed in a written statement distributed at First Baptist Church of Eustis, where the event was...
| Dec 4, 2011
The cancer that started 11 years ago has now ravaged the body of Freddie Ramos. It attacked a kidney first, then a lung, and the 57-year-old family man knows that death waits in the near distance.
He's not ready to go, he says, but he's prepared....