FROM Shana Alex Lavarreda
California Health Insurers Request Big Rate Increases Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%--despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act. Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can?
Medical Treatment for Desperate Californians On Monday thousands waited in line for hours just to get plastic wristbands, their tickets to a four-day free medical clinic at the Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. Today, the first wave showed up for the clinic itself, organized by CareNow , based here in LA, and staffed by volunteers and medical professionals, including cardiologists, dentists podiatrists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others. (In addition to the guests listed below, we also hear the voices of patients Patricia Hopkins, Kevin Singleton, Eva, and Tim Green.)
The Growing Ranks of California's Uninsured In the past two years, almost 2 million Californians lost their health insurance, a 25% increase. The total is now 8 million people, one-quarter of all residents over the age of 65. That's according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. We hear from health and hospital policy experts and the lead author of the UCLA study.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.