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The New York Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

GOP

By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center

It’s the same facility, but area officials hope that calling it Riverside University Medical Center will attract more business.

Published: March 25, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Those who avoided Riverside County Regional Medical Center can now seek treatment at Riverside University Medical Center.

Just a couple of things worth noting, though.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 3:50 PM

ADELANTO — About 40 former Adelanto employees and a few City Council members are named on a list of those who were grandfathered into a city policy granting free health care benefits for life, with an additional 26 former employees who stand to qualify but have not yet sought reimbursement, according to city records.

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Calpensions: LAO: consider phasing out retiree health care

LAO

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 23, 2015

Gov. Brown’s plan to curb the long-ignored debt for state worker retiree health care, now much larger than their unfunded pension debt, may look familiar. It’s similar to the standard state and local government pension reform.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, writer for the San Bernardino Sun, to discuss San Bernardino’s financial woes.

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Los Angeles Times: Prime Healthcare founder defends decision not to buy hospitals

No Sale

By Melody Petersen
March 12, 2015

The founder of Prime Healthcare Services Inc. defended his decision to pull out of a deal to buy six Catholic hospitals, saying critics were wrong to suggest that he placed profit over patients.

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Prime Healthcare

By Melody Petersen
March 11, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services Inc.’s proposed deal to buy six financially struggling Roman Catholic hospitals has collapsed, raising questions about how the nonprofit chain will keep its doors open.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, estimable economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss what it takes to be a leader in a business setting.

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Pay Cut

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 9, 2015

Something that rarely happens in California could result from Gov. Brown’s proposal to contain growing state worker retiree health care costs — benefits received by current government retirees might be reduced.

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President Obama speaks at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Updated: 11:33 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015

Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: The Affordable Care Act & SCOTUS

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s D.C. Center and Constitutional Senior Fellow Todd Gaziano joins Lou to discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments that took place earlier today.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Philip Klein | February 26, 2015 | 6:11 am

The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

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Money

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
February 26, 2015

Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/24/2015 05:55:02 AM PST
Updated: 02/24/2015 05:55:35 AM PST

SAN JOSE — Take it or leave it. That’s the message to a Southern California for-profit company from Attorney General Kamala Harris who late last week laid out a dozen requirements for Prime Healthcare Services’ $843 million deal to buy six cash-crunched nonprofit hospitals.

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SFChronicle: Ex-Reagan speechwriter Dana Rohrabacher a big backer of legal pot

Dana Rohrabacher

By Joe Garofoli
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Published 4:40 pm

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer and Javier Panzar
February 20, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed.

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SacBee: Covered California sends out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms

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By Judy Lin, Associated Press
02/19/2015 5:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

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The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: How ISIS Thinks & Hospice Care in America

Lou Desmond

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 05:00p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party joins Lou to discuss ISIS.

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LATimes: Covered California may offer special Obamacare enrollment period

Covered California

By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
February 17, 2015

California’s health exchange, after notching 1.4 million in Obamacare enrollment as of Sunday’s deadline, said it may give uninsured people subject to a tax penalty yet another chance to sign up.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats complain about Obamacare penalties

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Monday, February 16, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks as if Congressional Democrats have figured out what we’ve been saying here for over a year.

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LATimes: Covered California makes final push for Obamacare sign-ups

Covered California

By Chad Terhune
February 14, 2015

Short of its enrollment goal ahead of a Sunday deadline, California’s Obamacare exchange made a final push for sign-ups at Los Angeles area clinics, churches and shopping malls.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/14/2015 10:03:51 AM PST

Picture an empty hospital. No patients, no medical staff — not a stethoscope in sight.

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InlandPolitics: New Obamacare taxes just beginning

ObamaCare

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

First it was the “If you like your plan you can keep it” debacle.

Now everyone is just starting to get the second dose of Obamacare.

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LATimes: Anthem hack raises fears about medical data

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Hackers have stolen information on tens of millions of Anthem Inc. customers, in a massive data breach that ranks among the largest in corporate history. The information stolen from the insurance giant includes names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers.

By Chad Terhune
February 5, 2015

Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Public Nurses strike appears to have worked

SBCO

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) appears to have secured a victory against San Bernardino County.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:54 AM

If you’re a state retiree or planning to become one, a piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal could hit your wallet.

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SacBee: California bill would require more vaccinations

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:48 AM

With measles breaking out in California 15 years after it was thought to be eradicated, two state senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, February 2, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, economist Jay Prag and Producer Beth Baumann join Lou to discuss an array of topics.

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InlandPolitics: GOP needs to find right candidate in 2016

ObamaCare

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

We’ve said it here many times.

If there’s one group who can routinely shoot itself in the head, it’s the GOP.

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SacBee: Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/26/2015 7:31 AM

After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood.

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SacBee: Hepatitis C drug’s high cost hits California budget

Sovaldi

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/16/2015 10:44 PM

Last year, after the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new drug for hepatitis C, health officials around the country warned of dire consequences for state budgets.

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LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

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By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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CNA

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/11/15, 5:23 PM PST |

COLTON >> Contract negotiations between county officials and its nursing union have resumed, officials said.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown wants state workers to pay ahead for retiree benefits

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 11:38 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants state workers to begin contributing toward their retiree health benefits and that he will take up the issue at the bargaining table beginning this year.

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LATimes: California’s soaring healthcare costs bode ill for the budget

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By Chris Megerian
January 9, 2015

The state’s mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal goals

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Taxes

This is the first year people without health insurance could face big penalties. (Getty Images)

January 8, 2015 | 11:40 AM
By April Dembosky

Most days in early January, tax preparation offices are dead. Most people won’t get their W-2 or other tax documents until later this month.

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VVDailyPress: Lovingood backs Prime purchase of 6 hospitals

Robert Lovingood

Supervisor testifies before panel on much debated sale

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 5, 2015 @ 5:40 pm
Updated Jan 5, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Testifying before a state Attorney General’s panel Monday in Lynwood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood expressed support for Ontario-based Prime Healthcare’s proposed acquisition of six struggling nonprofit hospitals.

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DailyBulletin: Southern California hospitals face federal cuts due to penalties

Pay Cut

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:01 PM PST |

Dozens of hospitals across Southern California will see their federal reimbursements reduced this year for not meeting standards to keep Medicare patients safe and infection free.

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LATimes: Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy 6 Catholic hospitals scrutinized

Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer
January 1, 2014

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is jumping into a heated battle over the purchase of six struggling nonprofit Catholic medical centers in California by the fast-growing Ontario hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Marijuana
Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SFChronicle: New law could affect criminal sentences in marijuana cases

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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WashTimes: GOP looks to little-known budget tool to repeal Obamacare

Affordable Care Act

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

Republicans say they have the will to bring down Obamacare — and many are eyeing a little-known, little-used budget too called “reconciliation” to do so.

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LATimes: Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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DailyBulletin: ARMC nurses to address supervisors over pay, working conditions

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 9:13 PM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

About 30 nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will address the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday following a two-day strike last week in protest of low pay and poor working conditions.

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InlandPolitics: Score: San Bernardino County 1 – CNA 0

SBCO

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA), successfully and legally, pulled off a two-day walkout at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center this week.

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CCTimes: House members urge AG to nix hospital sale

Prime Healthcare

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren led 16 other California House members Thursday in urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to a for-profit company they say has a history of unfair business practices.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Appellate Court refuses to stop nurses strike

SBCO

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

A California appellate court has refused to intervene in a ongoing two-day strike by San Bernardino County Nurses.

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SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:56 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

COLTON >> Hundreds of county nurses did not show up for work Tuesday as the nurses union began a two-day strike, demanding higher wages and protesting working conditions.

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InlandPolitics: Is The Sun in the county’s pocket or what?

The Sun

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County’s pocket?

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InlandPolitics: Nurses strike affecting area hospitals

SBCO

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A two day strike by more than 1,000 San Bernardino County nurses is being felt across the Inland Empire with emergency and other patients being deferred to other area hospitals.

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Prime Healthcare Services

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 8, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Prime Healthcare CEO Dr. Prem Reddy said Monday that the fifth-largest hospital system in the U.S. plans to go public in the next two to three years.

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Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare gambit

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to local lawmakers behind closed doors during a news conference at the Warren County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday, June 17, 2011. McConnell is disputing the Justice Department’s defense of prosecuting terrorism suspects in Kentucky, saying the case is unique. McConnell wants the two Iraqis tried in Guantanamo Bay rather than in civilian court in Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)

Politico

Behind closed doors, Republicans are plotting one last tilt at the Affordable Care Act.
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Manu Raju
12/8/14 8:15 PM EST

In high-level strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Republicans are going through reams of historical information and sitting through marathon slide show presentations, trying to figure out how to gut Obamacare through a complicated budget process that requires only a simple majority — a sign of how seriously they’re taking their best shot yet at dealing a long-term blow to the health care law.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Superior Court Judge refuses to stop strike

SBCO

Monday, December 8, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has refused to block a planned strike by county-employed nurses set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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BloombergPolitics
An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: CNA not being pushed around — At least not yet!

CNA

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s labor relations continues down the path of obstruction and disharmony.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Judge denies injunction against nurses union

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Friday, December 5, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has denied a request for an injunction prohibiting a two-day walk out of the county’s 1,100 nurses.

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SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/04/14, 5:28 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

San Bernardino County officials are seeking to block a planned strike by its 1,100 member nurses union, saying a two-day event next week “could cost taxpayers millions of dollars” if the county is forced to hire temporary nurses.

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LATimes: Poll: Nearly 4 in 10 say California Obamacare exchange not working well

Covered California

By Chad Terhune
December 2, 2014

Nearly four in 10 Californians say the state’s health exchange isn’t working well as the second open enrollment gets underway, a new survey shows.

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DailyCaller: Gallup: Peak Number Of Americans Delaying Medical Care Over Costs

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Sarah Hurtubise, Reporter
11/28/2014 – 2:48 PM

One in three Americans has put off seeking medical treatment in 2014 due to high costs, according to Gallup — the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

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The Sun: Nurses notify San Bernardino County of intent to strike

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 11/26/14, 4:40 PM PST |

About 1,200 nurses employed by the county of San Bernardino will strike Dec. 9 and 10 because 14 months of contract negotiations have yielded no progress, officials of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said Wednesday.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

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By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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LATimes: Southland employers expect 4.8% hike in health-benefit costs

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente covers 7.3 million Californians. A company official said the HMO’s rate hikes for employers are running slightly below the 5% trend nationally and in California. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

By Chad Terhune
November 19, 2014

Southern California employers expect their health-benefit costs to rise 4.8% next year as the economy recovers and mandates under the federal health law kick in, a new survey shows.

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InlandPolitics: The gift that keeps on giving

ObamaCare

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

Obamacare. The Gift that keeps on giving!

My last story on Obamacare isn’t even a week old and already there’s another controversy.

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WashPost: Post analysis: Health plan choices and premiums increase on HealthCare.gov

Healthcare.gov

By Dan Keating and Jason Millman
November 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

People shopping on the HealthCare.gov marketplace that reopened Saturday have more options this year than they did last year, but the options usually will be costlier.

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SacBee: CalPERS drops nearly 15,000 from state health rolls

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/14/2014 1:44 PM

CalPERS has dropped health coverage for nearly 9,000 people over the last year after a sweeping audit revealed they weren’t eligible for benefits received through state-worker and state-retiree health plans.

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Reuters: Republican knives out for Obama’s medical devices tax

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By Kevin Drawbaugh
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:53pm EST

Washington–

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday.

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ObamaCare

Individual party members are refloating their proposals, but leadership isn’t going to push forward on any of them.

By Sam Baker
November 12, 2014

Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will never die, and yet it is not really alive. It is the undead—and it has risen again.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!

ObamaCare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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LATimes: Supreme Court to again decide fate of Obama’s healthcare law

ObamaCare

The court to rule on on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable. (Associated Press)

Court ot rule on healthcare law again
By David G. Savage
November 7, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama’s healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

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WSJ (AP): Caremark to Charge Extra Co-Pay at Pharmacies Selling Cigarettes

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By Ed Silverman
Associated Press
October 20, 2014

Last month, CVS Health {CVS +0.83%} purged its 7,700 pharmacies of tobacco products in a gambit to embrace a commitment to improving public health and generate goodwill. But the move comes with a price – an estimated $2 billion in annual sales will be sacrificed.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare impacting mid-terms

Money

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

We’ve been saying it for a year that the President’s healthcare law would impact this years electoral contests..

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Covered California

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 8:42 am

The group backing a health insurance rate-control measure on next month’s ballot called on Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday to investigate millions of dollars in no-bid contracts by Covered California and reported links between the health exchange’s executives and and the insurance industry.

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UTSanDiego: AP Exclusive: California gives no-bid health pacts

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press
Oct. 12, 2014 – 07:35 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.

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LATimes: Prime to buy six Catholic hospitals in California; SEIU opposes deal

Prime Healthcare Services

By Chad Terhune
October 10, 2014

Escalating its battle with organized labor, Prime Healthcare Services Inc. reached a deal to acquire six nonprofit Catholic hospitals in California, including St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County.

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Politico: A maze to opt out of Obamacare individual mandate

Politico

By RACHAEL BADE | 10/9/14 11:58 AM EDT Updated: 10/9/14 12:57 PM EDT

There are dozens of ways to escape Obamacare’s individual mandate tax — but good luck figuring that out come tax season.

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UTSanDiego: Ebola drug manufacturing ramping up

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By Bradley J. Fikes
Oct. 9, 2014

Ebola drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical is working on several fronts to increase supplies of the potentially life-saving medicine as fast as possible, Mapp’s chief executive, Kevin Whaley, said Thursday.

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LATimes: Wal-Mart to end healthcare coverage for 30,000 part-timers

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Wal-Mart said Tuesday it will end healthcare benefits for some part-time workers.

By Andrew Khouri
October 7, 2014

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting healthcare benefits for roughly 30,000 part-time employees, citing rising costs.

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LATimes: California regulators clear Obamacare rates, hold off on networks

Covered California

Officials don’t find Covered California rates unreasonable
By Chad Terhune
October 3, 2014

California regulators won’t challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers’ narrow networks of doctors and hospitals are drawing tougher scrutiny.

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SacBee: Poll: Obamacare support sliding, Jerry Brown, water-bond up big

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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LATimes: New Anthem Blue Cross plan takes on Kaiser

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By Chad Terhune
September 16, 2014

Taking aim at HMO giant Kaiser Permanente, insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining forces with several big-name hospitals and their doctors to create an unusual health plan option for employers in Southern California.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital’s budget balanced after years of shortfalls

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 11:18 a.m.

After several years of deficits and financial struggles, Riverside County Regional Medical Center should have a balanced budget this fiscal year, the county-run hospital’s interim CEO said Tuesday.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.