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  • U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

    July 1, 2014 | 11:32 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action.

    Monday's decision came in a case in which companies sought an exemption to a...

  • Private businesses need not cover contraception, Supreme Court rules

    June 30, 2014 | 8:22 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees.

    Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought...

  • To Cut Cost of Medical Care, Pay Doctors More!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 27, 2014 | 7:13 pm

    Sorry Medicare.  You’ve got it wrong!

    Overwhelmingly, doctors’ reimbursement has been the target of government programs and insurance companies.  The idea underlying this movement has been, pay doctors less and curtail their incentive to see patients and the cost of medical care...

  • Twenty-One Topics Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Discuss with You!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    1. I just signed up for Obamacare. Can you write off the $2000 deductible? Can you accept insurance only?

    2. I did a Google search and I strongly disagree with your treatment.

    3. I subscribe to a letter that comes from Harvard which says Statins are poison. Can you read it and...

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  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Why isn’t this night different?

    April 9, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    Predictably, the 2015 House Republican budget released by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on April 1 proposes devastating and monumental cuts to programs designed to help those among us who need it most. It would slash Medicaid; it would change the funding,...

  • Obama needs a better job

    By David Suissa

    April 2, 2014 | 11:36 am

    I feel bad for President Barack Obama. Here is a decent, intelligent, articulate man who had all the qualities to be a brilliant candidate but somehow ended up in the wrong job.

    As I see him running out the clock on his second term, gamely trying to appear in control but clearly...

  • Obamacare enrollment exceeds 7 million target despite setback

    April 1, 2014 | 11:05 am

    President Barack Obama's national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the end of March, the president said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law.

    Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, the president...

  • Obamacare: At 29, covered and faithless

    March 26, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    The disappointment, like so many others, began with a promise. “If you like the plan you have,” President Barack Obama told the nation on June 6, 2009 at the nadir of the economic downturn, “You can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only...

  • The worst news in healthcare is the increasing number angry physicians!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 13, 2014 | 6:33 pm

    The worst news in healthcare is not antibiotic resistance, drug-drug interactions, hospital acquired infections, lack of communication between systems of medical records, and certainly not the alarming rate of obesity in our youth. 

    The worst news is the increasing number of...

  • Letters to the editor: ACA, mitzvot, fair trade chocolate and Noble Prizes

    December 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    First, Practice Mitzvot

    In “No Faith, No Jewish Future” (Nov. 6), Dennis Prager has it backward. The assiduous practice of mitzvot results in recognition of their foundation, not visa versa. Halachic adherence remains the key to growth in Orthodox Judaism. A 3-year-old child...

  • The Obamacare Apocalypse

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 11, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Last week, a professor of physics and astronomy told the New York Times that the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth ----  it happened over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February, with the energy of 30 Hiroshimas ----  isn't once in a century or two, it's once in a decade or...

  • 404: Healthcare not found

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 8, 2013 | 1:31 pm

  • Obamacare: Glitches or death spiral?

    By David Suissa

    October 30, 2013 | 11:27 am

    It’s not easy to wrap your mind around a program as complex as Obamacare, which features 381,517 words in its actual bill and 11,588,500 more words in added regulations.

    Thankfully and mercifully, in trying to understand this migraine-inducing puzzle, I found some relief in one...

  • My lunch with a Los Angeles Tea Partier

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Of the 3,977 angry e-mails I received last week, one stood out.

    “I am a Jew, a member of Temple Emanuel in Los Angeles, and the founder of the largest local, grass-roots Tea Party group in Los Angeles called the Hancock Park Patriots,” Mark Sonnenklar wrote.

    “I, and many of my...

  • Lewis Black’s ‘Rant’ is due in Thousand Oaks

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 23, 2013 | 10:34 am

    It’s been a great year for Lewis Black. There was the budget sequestration, the government shutdown and the fierce debates once again over Obamacare. Politicians left and right have been acting like nitwits, and Congress has proved its incompetence over and over again.  

    The...

  • Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

    October 16, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity on Wednesday.

    Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved...

  • U.S. lawmakers close to deal on debt ceiling, reopening government

    October 16, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The U.S. Senate appeared ready to announce a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default.

    But even if the Senate and House of Representatives manage to overcome procedural hurdles to seal...

  • Obama administration warns: Gov’t shutdown undermining Iran sanctions

    October 15, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

    Top administration officials have been emphatically making the case that it is.

    Wendy Sherman, the third-ranked...

  • Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

    October 8, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second.

    Against the background of the current federal budget battle, that’s about all that united Sen. Kelly...

  • Affordable Health Care Act explained

    By Ryan Torok

    October 2, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    As key features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — otherwise known as ACA or Obamacare — continue to go into effect, Shana Alex Lavarreda, a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is hopeful. She, more than many, understands the...

  • Pardon my ovaries for causing the shutdown

    By Julie Bien

    October 2, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    I am having a hard time keeping my jaw from hitting the ground—or my head from banging onto my desk, for that matter. Our government just came to a grinding halt over whether or not I have the right to the affordable care-and-keeping of my reproductive organs.

    Let me rephrase:...

  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

    ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel: Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act

    By Ilana Angel

    October 1, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    This is a video Jimmy Kimmel aired on his show last night.  

    I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.  

    We live in a country where old and out of touch men criple our government. A country where our elected President is asked to do his job with his hands tied behind his back.  

    Is this really the greatest country in the world?

    We better all start to work together before it is too late.

    May God Bless America.

    Keep the faith.

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • Obama blames government shutdown on ‘ideological crusade’

    October 1, 2013 | 11:07 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running and to raise the nation's borrowing cap without conditions.

    "They've shut down the government over...

  • Obama prepares for government shutdown, hopes for deal

    September 30, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.

    With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House...

  • Sequester shenanigans

    September 30, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The federal budget for fiscal year 2013 expires September 30, and a new one is nowhere in sight. The arbitrary and capricious cuts of the sequester begun in March are slated to continue for ten years unless Congress acts. The national debt ceiling must be raised in mid-October, and...

  • Deadlocked Congress brings U.S. gov’t to edge of shutdown

    September 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The U.S. Congress, still in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the U.S. government starting on Tuesday morning.

    With the law funding thousands of routine government...

  • Ted Cruz, as in lose

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    September 24, 2013 | 9:56 am

    What's playing out in Washington this week is a classic example of that old political shibboleth, "that may be what I said but that's not what I meant." Republicans are piously assuring us they have no desire to shut down the government only to go marching off toward the cliff. ...

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