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That's My Issue: Access to health care

U.S. Awaits Supreme Court Decision On Affordable Care Act

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People for and against the administrations health care act protest in front of he U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles about two years ago and had a month of time when I was not covered by health insurance. I'm a healthy person — a couple of minor little health problems.  I could not buy private health insurance for myself. I am a healthy, adult person with a good job that just had this month of not being covered. And that shed a new light on healthcare. If I did have a pre-existing condition, that people—they can’t buy health insurance. It’s eye-opening.

I appreciate ObamaCare in a new way that. I have paid attention to the details of ObamaCare, and I’m concerned that Romney would repeal that with no specifics about how he might possibly replace it. 


Watch and discuss the Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate here live and listen at 89.3 FM

Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

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A composite of Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan go head-to-head Thursday night in the only vice-presidential debate of the 2012 campaign, following Obama and Romney's faceoff last week. You can come back here at 6 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Eastern) to watch the live video stream of this evening's debate, or listen in at 89.3 FM.

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Eric Garcetti pulls ahead — slightly — in mayoral money race

Mayoral Candidates

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Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Both Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti report $2.8 million in their latest campaign reports, according to the Ethics Commission.

Money just keeps rolling in for the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles, and it appears hopefuls Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are staying neck-and-neck when it comes to donations. 

In his quarterly campaign finance report, Garcetti reported $2.87 million – about $71,000 more than Greuel. Councilwoman Jan Perry reported $1.3 million, while attorney Kevin James had $275,000 and former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emanuel Pleitez, had $110,000.

Those figures are for the period ending Sept. 30. Of course, the question hanging over the race is whether billionaire developer Rick Caruso will run for mayor. Caruso has the power to significantly outspend whatever the declared candidates could raise from donors. (It costs an estimated $1.4 million to do a week’s worth of television ads in Los Angeles.) 


Mayor Villaraigosa backs Richard Alarcon for state Assembly

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Councilman Richard Alarcon for state Assembly. Alarcon is due back in court next week as he faces 17 felonies for allegedly living outside his city council district.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has come to the aid of Councilman Richard Alarcon, endorsing him in his race to return to the state Assembly. The Democrat from the 7th Council District in Los Angeles served as the assemblyman in the the San Fernando Valley's 39th Assembly District six years ago.

Alarcon faces another Democrat, Raul Bocanegra, in the 39th District race. Bocanegra is the chief of staff to incumbent Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who is running for Alarcon’s City Council seat in the 2013 primary.

In the June primary, Bocanegra topped all candidates with 36.2 percent of the vote. Alarcon was second with 26.9 percent. California's "top two" primary system sends the primary's two leading votegetters regardless of party to a November runoff.

“Richard is not afraid to take on powerful, big-money interests, which is why virtually every special interest is doing everything in their power to stop him from going to Sacramento,” Villaraigosa said in a statement announcing his endorsement.


Maven's Morning Coffee: USC development gets OK, more money in mayor's race, a look at affairs in San Fernando



USC's plans to build a major development around its campus was approved by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

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The Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved USC's $1 billion-development plan for the area around campus, reports the Los Angeles Times. The deal includes $20 million for affordable housing and a new LAFD fire station for the city.

The quarterly campaign finance reports are in and Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel each report $2.8 million for their mayoral campaigns. Councilwoman Jan Perry has $1.3 million for her campaign, while Kevin James reported $275,000, per the Ethics Commission.