Gerald Kominski

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

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Director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor in the University's School of Public Health

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If Obamacare is repealed, what will it mean for California?

How the Senate GOP health care bill would affect California

If Obamacare is repealed, what will it mean for California?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under the  Affordable Care Act .

Showtime for Obamacare

The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act .

from Which Way, L.A.?

The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under the  Affordable Care Act .

Showtime for Obamacare

The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act .

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From Richie Havens to Jimi Hendrix, photographer Henry Diltz recalls his favorite moments of the historic festival.

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The Trump administration tried to bury a report showing that it's water use plans for California would decimate a unique species of salmon.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

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Accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself over the weekend. He was in the secure housing unit in a Manhattan jail.

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Since March some 387 Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded by regulators and airlines with no end in sight. Boeing profits have tanked. Last month the company recorded its biggest ever quarterly loss and deliveries are at their lowest since 2012. Boeing says it expects the plane to return to service by the end of this year, as it continues to focus on the plane’s software system, thought to be the cause of both plane crashes. Boeing’s crisis highlights a problem beyond flight safety. The aircraft manufacturer chose to prioritize big spending on CEO compensation and stock buybacks rather than reinvest profits on its employees, infrastructure and R and D. Last year alone, Boeing’s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg took home $30 in compensation and gains from options. Buybacks over investment; the financial strategy that’s great for shareholders but may well have cost Boeing the public’s trust.

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Burning Man is supposed to be a safe space. But the culture has allowed predators to roam free without punishment.

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In 1950, America had the richest middle class in the world, but now U.S. workers face wage stagnation and historic wealth inequality.

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And more fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s death

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Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

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