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By Tom Harman | June 6, 2012
If, as several experts anticipate, the Supreme Court strikes down some or all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), California will find itself in the untenable position of having promised services it cannot possibly provide without federal funding. California policymakers, in a rush to lead the nation in implementation of the federal law, have given little attention as to how California will address issues like funding should the PPACA fail to pass the Constitutional sniff test.
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By Mary Deininger | September 17, 2009
It is always amazing how ill-informed a great many citizens are of just how their government works. True, they have a powerful tool in their vote, but how they choose to use that is often left to emotional ? not factual ? reason. The debate and anxiety over health-care reform is very emotional and impinges on financial concerns as well. Although the so-called bill is more than 1,000 pages long, and complex and open to legalese, it still comes down to a government takeover with dictatorial rules to doctors and caregivers.
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By Jim Hoover | March 12, 2009
In 2007, 17% of all money spent (GDP) in the United States each year ? $2.4 trillion ? went to health care. And 31% of that went to administering health care ? not to doctors, nurses, labs, medicine, wheelchairs or comfort for the afflicted. Universal coverage countries all spend less than 10% of their GDP on health care. With a continuation of the health-care disaster Americans have now, we will spend 20% of our GDP within 10 years. By the end of 2009, almost $1 trillion of our national income will go to administrators who manage or supervise the execution, use or conduct of health care: chief executives, claims administrators, etc. Meanwhile, more than 75 million American adults, 42% of the younger-than-65 population, had either no insurance or inadequate insurance in 2007, the latter involves spending some 10% of their income on health-care expenses.
NEWS
July 28, 2010
Your recent article about forthcoming health-care insurance reform ("Clinic digs in heels for health reform," July 15) pointed out one area of reform not specifically discussed in the article: cost reduction. Under the new reform, over time, medical records will be automated and reduce the need for the duplication of procedures for the same outcome. Through the example of Sonia Munguia's breast cancer treatment, she went to Tijuana for a mammogram, and when she returned to Huntington Beach, she was required to have another mammogram.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | August 23, 2007
Two groups of activists recently asked the City Council to weigh in on national issues. Both appeals were colored by reference to the current war in Iraq, but their level of success diverged sharply. A group supporting the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney rallied at an intersection near City Hall Monday to plead their cause with passersby and drivers, then took their demands to the City Council. Though more than a dozen spoke to the council in favor of a resolution calling for impeachment, council members were either silent or openly opposed to the idea.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
Should our cherished health-care system continue on its present trajectory we will be the proud participants of yet another too big to fail conundrum. Only consolidation of the existing health-care industry providers can slow the leviathan we know as the health insurance premium starved hounds. Their business model is flawed and they are acutely aware of this, yet they know of no other avenue to avert future diminished shareholder profits. They are consequently locked into a private health insurance industry paradigm that threatens to consume them during this weakening of our capitalist consumer economy.
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By TOM HARMAN | July 12, 2007
California is often at the forefront when it comes to major public policy changes. On the issue of universal health care coverage, however, Massachusetts was the first to jump in the pool. Governor Mitt Romney's approval of the first such bill in the nation provides a convenient "canary" for us to observe in the health-care reform coal mine. At a time when the California Legislature and Gov. Schwarzenegger are actively pushing their own universal coverage schemes, we would do well to check in and see if that canary is still alive and breathing.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Bryce Alderton Portions of Huntington Harbour remain closed to swimming and diving after a 1,500-gallon sewage spill caused by grease blocking a sewer line, said officials at the Orange County Health Care Agency Wednesday. The health care agency closed areas at Sunset Aquatic Park and Portofino Cove Monday to all water-contact sports until the results of water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards. The blocked sewer line originated from a private property sewage collection system in a strip mall at the intersection of Springdale Street and Bolsa Avenue, said Larry Honeybourne with the health care agency.
NEWS
March 28, 2002
Bryce Alderton For years the staff members at the Huntington Beach Community Clinic have tried to serve all who come through the clinic doors. Now they hope to send someone out into the community to actively bring patients in. Administrators at the nonprofit clinic plan to use a $32,000 grant from the Orange County Chapter of the March of Dimes to hire a Promoter, a person charged with encouraging women to come to the clinic to access health care either for themselves or for their newborn or unborn children.
NEWS
March 10, 2005
Andrew Edwards Government numbers show ocean bacteria levels that spiked during recent rainstorms have begun to fall to normal levels, with the exception of the waters near the Santa Ana River mouth. "Pretty much the whole area's recovered, except for the area around the Santa Ana River because Prado [Dam is] still discharging," Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Monica Mazur said. Prado Dam, west of Corona, is about 30 miles upstream from the ocean.
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By Tom Harman | June 6, 2012
If, as several experts anticipate, the Supreme Court strikes down some or all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), California will find itself in the untenable position of having promised services it cannot possibly provide without federal funding. California policymakers, in a rush to lead the nation in implementation of the federal law, have given little attention as to how California will address issues like funding should the PPACA fail to pass the Constitutional sniff test.
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By Michael Miller | September 1, 2010
For the last eight years, Shirley Dettloff has gone in for regular appointments at a clinic whose patients appear far removed from her own walk of life. She drives her own car to the waiting room at 8041 Newman Ave., while many of the other clients walk or take the bus. She sits in the small waiting room, surrounded by young families with strollers, and often surmises that she is the only person in the room with health insurance. Dettloff, the former mayor of Huntington Beach, joined the Huntington Beach Community Clinic board of directors shortly after leaving the City Council in 2002.
NEWS
July 28, 2010
Your recent article about forthcoming health-care insurance reform ("Clinic digs in heels for health reform," July 15) pointed out one area of reform not specifically discussed in the article: cost reduction. Under the new reform, over time, medical records will be automated and reduce the need for the duplication of procedures for the same outcome. Through the example of Sonia Munguia's breast cancer treatment, she went to Tijuana for a mammogram, and when she returned to Huntington Beach, she was required to have another mammogram.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
Editor's note: Last in a three-part series about the effects of the Obama administration's health-care reform on Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley health-care providers and their patients. It was a small gathering on a quiet day in one of Orange County's quieter cities, but the group surrounding the stage looked like a who's-who of the area's right-wingers. Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Assemblyman Van Tran and local Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh took turns at the microphone.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | March 25, 2010
Like it or not, Sunday was a historic day for America. The House passed the sweeping health-care legislation that President Obama has pushed for since taking office, as Democrats exulted and Republicans vowed comeuppance. Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times announced the news in an all-capitals headline, the kind of font usually reserved for stories of 9/11 magnitude. That afternoon, I heard another pair of voices talk at length about the health-care package. And they weren’t from politicians, but rather from Victor and Jane Pang, a retired Huntington Beach couple who have spent years dipping into their health insurance.
NEWS
October 1, 2009
Let the people select mayor of our city The mayor of Huntington Beach should be an elected official with a two-year term and two-term limit to make the position one of substance to represent the city, not just a rotating pomp-and-circumstance seat on the dais. We are behind the curve with other cities, and it must be very difficult for us to have any political or fiscal influence when they attend the League of California Cities and need to get up to the status quos of representation for the city.
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By Mary Deininger | September 17, 2009
It is always amazing how ill-informed a great many citizens are of just how their government works. True, they have a powerful tool in their vote, but how they choose to use that is often left to emotional ? not factual ? reason. The debate and anxiety over health-care reform is very emotional and impinges on financial concerns as well. Although the so-called bill is more than 1,000 pages long, and complex and open to legalese, it still comes down to a government takeover with dictatorial rules to doctors and caregivers.
NEWS
By Jim Hoover | August 27, 2009
On the Fourth of July, President Obama?s campaign words of promise echoed in my ears: ?breaking the power of the lobbyists, providing affordable health care for all, cutting middle-class taxes, ending both the Iraqi war and our dependence on foreign oil, and uniting us.? Like many, I wanted to believe, and our critical times seemed to provide more certainty. At any rate, I thought that these Herculean tasks could be completed by the man from the planet Krypton. Incidentally, that is why unimaginative neo-cons can?
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