How do you convince millions of average Americans that one of the most complex and controversial programs devised by government may actually be a good deal for them?With the nation still split over President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration has turned to the science of mass marketing for help in understanding the lives of uninsured people, hoping to craft winning pitches for a surprisingly varied group in society. Read More
The budget outlook for the city and county of San Francisco is vastly improved compared to previous years. But serious systemic budget problems still need to be addressed.
In many ways, San Francisco and California are in the same boat when it comes to budget forecasting. State lawmakers started this fiscal year with a balanced budget, which was based on voters approving tax increases. Read More
Two years after the official end of the Great Recession, San Francisco’s economy remains depressingly sluggish. January’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate, which had slowly headed downward this year to 8.4 percent in May, jumped back up to 9 percent in June. Read More
There’s growing bipartisan agreement that curbing America’s runaway debt will require reducing spending for government health-care programs like Medicare. To that end, President Barack Obama is trying to convince voters that we can cut “unnecessary spending” that won’t have any impact on seniors’ access to care. Read More
San Francisco’s universal health care program could shed up to 60 percent of its patients and much of its costs when federal health care reforms take effect in 2014.
But city health officials say Healthy San Francisco will still be necessary because an estimated 68,400 San Franciscans will remain uninsured despite the reforms. Read More
Congress has officially repealed part of the health care reform law.
In a vote of 87-12, the Senate on Tuesday agreed to eliminate a provision in the nation's new health care reform law that would require businesses to report to the IRS transactions of $600 or more. The House passed an identical measure earlier this year, which means only President Obama's signature is needed to make it law. Read More
When President Barack Obama signed the $938 billion health care reform bill into law a year ago today, it capped a long march by advocates that began in this country years before Medicare was approved in 1965. Read More
House Republicans on Wednesday took the first step to keep their pledge to undo the nation¹s health care reform law, passing a bill to repeal the measure even as they gear up to create a replacement.The GOP¹s new House majority assured easy passage of their repeal measure on 245-189 vote Wednesday that split largely along party lines. But the long-term prospects of actually undoing the new law are far less certain. Read More
Although the Tucson shooter was mentally erratic, did not listen to talk radio or Fox News, and loved the Communist Manifesto, liberal lawmakers and newspapers like the Read More
The vehemence of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s overhaul of health care has spawned an assortment of strategies for killing it. The newest and most ambitious would create a health care compact among the states and use it to switch control of health care programs from the federal government to the states. Read More