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March 31, 2011
We write as leaders of faith in Orange County who profoundly care about our community. As clergy, we have a unique perspective on the lives of women, men and families. In recent years especially, we've seen our congregants lose their jobs — and their health insurance — making it very difficult to access and afford basic healthcare. Planned Parenthood serves these families when they have nowhere else to turn and plays a vital role in the health care of our community. We know that if one of our congregants needs care, we can count on Planned Parenthood to provide them with quality services and compassion.
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NEWS
March 16, 2011
We face a frontal assault by many in Congress on every woman's right to determine her own destiny and to access basic reproductive health-care services. Broad access to essential health care and preventive services, like breast health care, cervical cancer screenings, birth control and more are at risk. Why? Because a growing number of our elected representatives don't respect or trust women. They will tell you it is to save money, but defunding Planned Parenthood and family planning services will lead to more unintended pregnancies, more abortions, more families with nowhere else to turn and much higher costs.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | January 1, 2011
As we enter into the second decade of the 21st century, we should pause and reflect upon probably the largest reality of human life, which is that circumstances change, and those who do not change with them generally drift into decay and irrelevance. With that in mind, here is a request to our nation's political leaders that they change their ways, and hopefully help us change ours, in light of the new realities of our times. The most fundamental thing that must be done is for our leaders to tell us the truth as they actually see it. And that should be followed by giving us their honest recommendations about what changes should be made.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | December 17, 2010
It was an evening with Charlize Theron at UC Irvine's Center For Living Peace. The Academy Award-winning actress, who also serves as the United Nations Messenger of Peace, came to Orange County to speak to local advocates passionate about world affairs and the condition of humanity on the subject of impoverished children in South Africa, with a focus on the continuing health crisis brought on in that region by HIV and AIDS. The eloquent Theron was joined by friends Kelly Smith , founder of the Center For Living Peace, and Dr. Michael Bennish , founder and executive director of an organization called Mpilonhle, which works with the Theron Africa Outreach Project directing funds for hands-on work bringing such vital elements as nutritious food, clean water, housing, health care and more to African children in desperate need.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | September 28, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — The audience cheered and clapped every time Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina threw a jab at Sen. Barbara Boxer. "She's ineffective and can't get anything done," she said. But other than that, the former technology executive didn't give many details on how she plans to do a better job than her Democratic opponent during the Grass Roots Community Forum at the Newport Beach Golf Course's "Tee Room" on Tuesday. "She painted a broad brush," said Tom Pollitt, a Costa Mesa resident.
NEWS
September 4, 2010
Though few of us like to consider the business aspects of health care, they are many, and it's nice when a hospital treats its customers, er, patients, with their cultural identities in mind. Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened last week in the remodeled space that once belonged to Irvine Regional Medical Center, is built around serving the community's diverse population. It makes good business sense, in that some insured patients often have a choice of where they will seek care and can easily go elsewhere, but it also makes for good health care because it shows the doctors, nurses and administrators at Hoag are willing to listen to their patients, no matter their native tongues.
NEWS
August 14, 2010
Former Newport Beach Mayor John Heffernan is wondering how the city of Newport Beach is going to finance its new "low-cost" $150 million Civic Center project since the money isn't there ("Sounding Off: Letter left questions unanswered," Aug. 7). In other words, poor planning at the best. May I also suggest that, if any City Council person suggests a special assessment to cover this cost, we quickly plan a recall. This is a shining example of leaders in our society who love to spend other people's money.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
A Costa Mesa man faces more than 20 years in prison after being convicted as part of a Medi-Cal fraud ring that cost the program nearly $4.6 million. Dante David, 51, was one of six convicted of health-care fraud and conspiracy to commit health-care fraud — charges that together can carry up to 20 years in prison, federal officials said. David was also convicted of aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year minimum sentence. The six convicted join 36 others indicted last year by the FBI, the state Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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By Jennifer Bauman, OCLNN.com | April 19, 2010
Van Tran, the 68th District assemblyman, is being termed out of office and running for Congress, leaving two Republicans and two Democrats to vie for his vacated seat. The 68th Assembly District includes all of Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley; most of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster; and slivers of Newport Beach and Anaheim. The Republican candidate has won more than 60% of the vote in each of the last three elections, so it appears the Democratic candidate that emerges from the primary could have an uphill battle.
NEWS
April 1, 2010
I did not expect that the first lawsuits against “Obamacare” would challenge the issue of mandatory insurance. After all, this feature of Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts program, adopted by the Senate and the House bills, was not the most hotly opposed feature of the agonizing yearlong shouting match over “health-care reform.” Now it appears that Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and others have sued on the grounds that there’s nothing in the Constitution that permits the Feds to mandate citizens buy health insurance if they don’t want it. It’s interesting that it’s not just the “deep South” states, which I would have expected to react to the new law. Most of the dissenting states are relying on the “Commerce Clause,” which gives states those rights over prerogatives not specifically allocated to the federal government.
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