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Michael Hiltzik
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Another Obamacare myth busted
We’ve just entered the “sticker-shock” season of healthcare reporting: News stories are brimming with reports of double-digit premium requests from insurance companies, amid dire warnings about the impact on consumers.
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Who said trademark cases were dull?
Trademark disputes typically make for yawn-inducing prose, but not when they involve a nationwide battle over strip clubs.
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A pyramid scheme by any other name
The legal complaint and settlement with Herbalife unveiled Friday by the Federal Trade Commission answers several questions about the Los Angeles-based nutritional supplement marketing company, but leaves the most important question wide open.
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A major advance in union rights
Labor regulators have had their hands full keeping track of all the methods employers use to disavow responsibility for their employees. In a decision issued Monday, the National Labor Relations Board drew a firm line through one maneuver that has hamstrung union organizing in shops that employ “permatemps” and contract workers side by side with direct employees.
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"Who knows?" to the first question and "definitely not" to the second
Nearly two weeks after a majority of Britons voted to split from the European Union , some consequences of “ Brexit ” are becoming clear.
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The fox guarding the henhouse
The renomination of conservative Charles P. Blahous III as a Social Security public trustee, which has riled the program’s advocates, ran into another potential roadblock Tuesday.
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Another attempt by religious zealots to impose their beliefs on others?
The Affordable Care Act continues to provide an opportunity for religious zealots to complain that someone, somewhere, might be doing something of which they disapprove. Another such case advancing through the courts is that of Missouri State Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife, Teresa, who assert that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate tramples on their family’s religious rights even if they don’t make use of it.
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The wages of failure
Yahoo as we know it is soon to be no more. Its “core assets”— the information websites and email service that most people have come to think of as Yahoo— will be sold to Verizon for $4.8 billion, about a tenth of the price Microsoft offered for the entire company in 2008. What’s left will be a holding company for Yahoo’s shares in two Asian high-flyers, Yahoo Japan and the Chinese eCommerce firm Alibaba.
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People will die as the games continue
We can probably admit that the spectacle of a totally dysfunctional Congress has its entertaining aspects. We’re familiar with the old saying that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” a sign that lawmakers are apt to do the least damage when they’re idle.*
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Over the past 5 months I've written to Darrel Issa, my congressman asking him to vote for Zika funding. His reply blamed it on the Democrats not voting for the bill (even though Republicans have majority in both houses) -- In fact, the bills the Republican bills all had poison pills in them to intentionally prevent them from being passed.
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Why nothing on US TV compares to "Yes, Minister" or "The Thick of It"
Events in Britain since the June 23 Brexit referendum has Americans marveling at the meltdown of a political system we’re accustomed to regarding as far more sober and effective than our own.
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Makers of Fiji Water strike again
The Wonderful Company, the corporate arm of Beverly Hills billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick , promotes itself incessantly as an exemplar of social responsibility and a guardian of sustainable agriculture. “As an agricultural company, we are deeply committed to protecting and conserving our natural resources,” it says right there on its website .
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Maybe transparency will work
At least 10 states are pondering a radical approach to putting a leash on soaring drug prices: force drug companies to explain how they arrived at the price of their costliest new drugs.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist, author/historian of science, tech, & The New Deal.
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I write and blog about business, economics, and public policy at latimes.com/hiltzik
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  • Columbia University
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