In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:54am

What would your doctor see if you let him poke around your house with no restrictions? Think about it. When you hire a Realtor, you usually tidy up before a get-acquainted tour. When you’re on the market – and your house isn’t a full-time dump – you don’t leave last night’s leftovers in the sink before going to work.

But if you doctor determined today was the date for your annual house physical – unannounced – what would he find?

In the Public Eye

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 2:34pm

Been a tough week if you like to eat. Studies show diet sodas are as bad as regular ones, and that hefty people hang with other hefties. The World Health Organization says 1 billion adults around the world are overweight. But if you want the real down and dirty on chow, go to (Hint: it's the International Federation of Competitive Eating.) Enjoy your weekend b-b-Q.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 8:08am

It's such an annual ritual that it's almost ho-hum, except it's not. California is now 25 days into its fiscal year without a state budget. Imagine skipping your mortgage payment for 25 days -- with no seeming accountability. Imagine the electeds, waiting for proposals, conjuring up compromises while also drawing down about $113,000 in annual salary, plus $162 per-diem, tax-free pay.

Friday, July 20, 2007 - 8:26am

Understanding health care is a little like writing a book about the history of China, a tad overwhelming.

So as the news business, particularly newspapering, is either reinventing or cannibalizing itself, it's getting tough to find reporters and editors who a) are allowed to specialize and given the time to learn health care; b) aren't carrying a grudge over a crowded waiting room or a high co-pay and therefore slanting their coverage; or c) aren't overlooking the good because miscues make better headlines (the old TV adage being, "if it bleeds it leads.")

Monday, July 16, 2007 - 10:34am

I believe you should be able to read and understand the charges on your hospital bill.  I believe they should be easier to comprehend than a) your cell phone bill; b) your high-speed Internet and HD bill and gizmo rental; and c) just exactly when your electric/gas meter reader will come to do his work.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 8:41am

It was just another normal zig-zag day for a man described by Capitol Weekly as "one of the most influential players" in health care policy.