Medi-Cal and My Wary Heart

Signing up for Insurance Was the Easy Part

I come from heart attacks the way some people come from farming families. If not a proud lineage, ours is sure a vast one. It cost me both parents—my dad had two at 50 and lived another 25 years, but my mom’s killed her outright at 52—three uncles, both grandfathers. There have also been two mitral valve transplants, two abdominal aortic aneurysms, and more bypasses than I can honestly recall.

All of this came up recently, when for the first time in many years I enrolled in
Medi-Cal Insurance, courtesy …

What Do Gay Marriage and Obamacare Have in Common?

Two Cases Before the Supreme Court Point to the Long-Running Battle Between States Rights and Federal Authority

I don’t drink champagne, but if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriages this month, I might pop open a bottle in celebration. As a newspaper editorial …

Kaiser Health News Editor Julie Marquis

Any Murder Mystery Will Do

Julie Marquis is California editor of Kaiser Health News. Before moderating a panel on Obamacare in the Inland Empire, she talked in the Zócalo green room about the ugliest piece …

The Bay Area Council’s Micah Weinberg

Dietary Supplements Are Not Healthcare

Micah Weinberg is president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and previously served as senior policy advisor to the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization. Before …

Western Health Advantage’s Garry Maisel

Knows the Affordable Care Act and a Great Joke about an Elephant

Garry Maisel is the CEO of Western Health Advantage, a regional HMO based in Sacramento. Before participating in a panel on whether or not Obamacare gives Sacramento more healthcare choices, he …

‘Ask Emily’ Columnist Emily Bazar

Prefers Woody Guthrie to Physics

Emily Bazar is a healthcare reporter who writes “Ask Emily,” a bi-weekly column supported by the California Healthcare Foundation that runs in more than 25 newspapers and NPR affiliate …