September 12, 2007
GLENDALE — After promising to veto a health-care reform bill passed by the state Legislature on Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday called a special legislative session in hopes that lawmakers will reach a compromise that is less taxing on small businesses. The start of the session, which took effect immediately after Schwarzenegger’s announcement, came on the same day that the Legislature concluded its regular session to break for Rosh Hashana. In addition to health care, the special session will also provide a forum to continue debate on water policy, Schwarzenegger said.
August 3, 2009
Regarding Rep. Adam Schiff’s letter on health-care reform (“Health-care reform is due,” July 27), I agree to disagree. Good health care doesn’t start in the White House. It starts with each and every one of us taking responsibility for our own health. Millions of dollars each year are spent to provide free or low-cost health care to illegal immigrants, even in the prison systems. Additionally, the cost of the proposed health-care bill in Congress is more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
September 10, 2003
I want to thank the News-Press for giving the office of Assemblywoman Carol Liu an opportunity to respond to [Dave Wilcox's commentary]. I chaired the meeting to which the author refers as Ms. Liu remained in Sacramento in Legislative Session. The commentary appears to criticize Ms. Liu for bringing information on various health-care bills being considered in the Legislature to her constituents. The purpose of Assemblywoman Liu's Health Care Legislative Update Forum was not to advocate for any particular policy, but to explain and obtain feedback from 44th Assembly District constituents and stakeholders on what is being proposed.
January 11, 2007
GLENDALE — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to ensure minimum health-care coverage for all Californians has Glendale and Burbank hospital officials eager to see how such a program would be implemented. "It's complex and, quite frankly, we're still digesting it," said Patrick Petre, Administrator of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. "Any time you get an announcement like this, you have to realize that he's making a political statement and the devil is in the details.
March 10, 2010
Demand for health services is on the rise at area hospitals, a trend that is likely to continue and increase the need for workers in the industry, according to a report from the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board. Health care is the second-largest industry in Glendale and Burbank, employing about 24,000 workers at area hospitals and clinics, according to the report. The entertainment industry, which accounts for the employment of about 50,000 area workers, generates the majority of the region’s economic activity, according to the board.
February 16, 2000
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- There's a health-care debate in the district, and it involves bills and amendments and seniors and one Republican congressman. Critics of Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) held a newsconference last week to protest the congressman's choice of one HMO bill over another, and charge him with misleading the public in a series of television advertisements promoting his position on health-care reform. Rogan's staff struck back, pointing out that one of the event's sponsors, Americans for Democratic Action, gave $1,000 to Rogan's opponent in an upcoming election, state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale)
August 18, 2009
Thank you, Jim Kussman (“Reserve hotline for real crimes,” Aug. 10), for summing up the thought of many Glendale residents. The city should practice what it preaches about water conservation. Stop or slow down all the excessive development. Also, thanks to James Arone (“Keep government out of health care,” Aug. 10) for his excellent letter. All I can add is, God help us if this plan is passed! JOANNE SHADER Glendale Town hall meeting was one-sided I attended the town hall meeting held by Rep. Adam Schiff in whose congressional district I reside (“Crowds riled on health care,” Aug. 12)
August 7, 2009
Area congressmen are getting heat from lobbyists on both sides of the national debate on health-care reform as the representatives arrive back in their districts for their August recess. Rep. David Dreier, who opposes the nearly $1-trillion plan in the House of Representatives that includes a public health insurance option, is one of 25 Republicans being targeted in a national ad campaign by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which supports the House proposals. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who has said he would be hesitant to vote for a health-care-reform plan that did not include a public option, is in the crosshairs of a lobbying effort by fiscally conservative group Americans for Limited Government.
August 29, 2009
I attended the recent town hall meeting conducted by Rep. Adam Schiff, a man I admire and have great respect for. Although I am thoroughly in favor of health-care reform, I am very wary of any bill that includes a so-called “public option.” I would like to see what the Senate comes up with in the way of a compromise that might include medical co-operatives that have worked quite well in some parts of the country. Contrary to what many mailbag letters have said, I do not believe Medicare is a good argument for a public health care option.
February 11, 2010
How much longer do we want to watch health-care costs increase more than the cost of living, our economy flounder under the ever-increasing weight of health-care costs, persons with preexisting conditions be denied coverage, insurance companies terminate policies because the insured has a serious illness and families go bankrupt because of medical bills? We can’t wait or watch this tragedy any longer. I’ve read that a new federal study reports an estimated $2.5-trillion increase in health-care spending in 2009, and that this amount is expected to double by 2019.