Robert Reich: One real choice in the future is a hugely expensive for-profit oligopoly with the market power to charge high prices even to healthy people and stop insuring sick people.
Robert Reich: The problem isn’t Obamacare per se. It’s in the structure of private markets for health insurance – which creates powerful incentives to avoid sick people and attract healthy ones.
Joe Mathews: Growth restrictions have saved open space in California, but wealthy elites also use them to keep the middle class out.
Joe Mathews: In transition from prohibition to legalization, are we putting too many expectations on weed?
John M. Bachar, Jr.: If both states had fair, democratic election systems, Bernie Sanders would have had the majority of the pledged delegates and would have likely been declared the nominee for President at the Democratic National Convention.
Joe Mathews: Rather than engage with california, our humorless tech overlords hide behind a wall of jargon.
Michael T. Hertz: In the upcoming election, we’ll have a choice between a potential Hitler and a woman who is a narcissist and lies consistently. What has happened to Bernie’s revolution, and is there any way to save it?
Sasha Abrams: Surveys suggest that somewhere in the region of one in four of these students will experience a diagnosable mental health problem at some point, but approximately 40 percent of them won’t seek timely help.
Sasha Abramsky: Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, upwards of three million Californians remain without health care coverage.
Joe Mathews: It’s the rich, now crowded next to the destitute in the housing-crunched state, who are driving politicians’ newfound attentiveness.
Bill Raden: The bill, which was passed by the Senate three weeks ago, comes in the midst of a growing public furor over the pricing of pharmaceuticals that has seen retail prices on many lifesaving specialty drug regimens equivalent to that of a new Porsche Panamera.
Joe Mathews: Oceanside is exactly what Hollywood is looking for in California these days—and not just because a gangsters-by-the-sea story makes it so easy to mix TV’s favorite forms of titillation: attractive people wearing swimsuits and shooting guns.
Joe Mathews: The Banc of California bets big on the state’s small businesses and local communities.