FROM Daniel Zingale
A New Look at Medical Training The giant HMO Kaiser Permanente has a history of bucking the healthcare establishment by snapping up new technology and encouraging physicians with different specialties to work together. Now it's planning its own medical school to train a new generation of doctors who look like the patients in communities where they serve. Chad Terhune covers healthcare for the LA Times .
The Soda Wars Have Come to California Liberal New Yorkers called former Mayor Michael Bloomberg a government nanny when he tried to restrict so-called Big Gulps of high-sugar sodas. But Californians even support a tax on sugary soft drinks. That's according to research by the Field Poll , commissioned by the California Endowment, this state's largest health foundation. This, as the federal Centers for Disease Control report that the obesity rate among children between the ages of two and five has dropped by 43% in the past 10 years, the first evidence of decline in the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Will Health Insurance Be There When You Need It? LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has sued Blue Shield for illegally rescinding coverage of 850 policy holders. Blue Shield calls it a “cheap political stunt…without merit.” But without agreeing to wrongdoing, Blue Shield will pay 3 million dollars to settle an investigation of such practices by Governor Schwarzenegger’s Department of Managed Health Care. Anthem Blue Cross will pay 13 million. It’s all about polices sold to individuals not protected by group benefits.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.