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Who’s sorry now? A health giant CEO

America's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is losing so much money on the Affordable Care Act exchange policies it sells in 34 states that CEO Stephen Hemsley apologized to investors in New York on Tuesday. "It was for us a bad decision," Hemsley said, according to Bloomberg News. UnitedHealth stayed out of the Obamacare market in its first year. "In retrospect, we should have stayed out longer," Hemsley added. UnitedHealth may get out of the individual market in 2017.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


God Bless America

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as Americans, and be full of such hatred that they would choose, as we are being warned, targets where they can kill as many people as possible?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


CNBC biased? You don’t say!

Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC - and when did he not know it?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


War with Russia?

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


About college microaggressions

When students protesting "microaggressions" took over an administrative building at Occidental College in California, they issued 14 demands. The school agreed to all except the first, which required the firing of its president. Similar protests took place concurrently at other colleges nationwide.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Will Europe man up?

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Competing Thanksgiving tales

Thanksgiving is here. Let's eat!

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


About that frozen embryo

I'm more than a little reluctant to write this column. Whatever I write will be interpreted through another lens: that of the abortion debate. One of the many bad consequences of a debate that has now lasted more than four decades is that we can't talk about anything without first trying to fit it within the abortion debate, which is not necessarily the only or best way to look at it.

November 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Ratings Trump respect at NBC

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

November 23, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


“Stomach flu” is not actual flu

DEAR DR. ROACH: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the "stomach flu" and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren't getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the next day. I suggested that they probably had a gastrointestinal episode and not influenza, which is a respiratory disease. They insisted that they had the flu, and they'd always learned that the stomach flu is ...

November 22, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Ben & Bernie’s world

In the wake of the horrors in Paris, it only made sense to change the focus of Saturday night's Democratic debate from economic issues to national security, as CBS News did. You might think the candidates would jump at the opportunity to have a large audience hear them address the frightening specter of ISIS.

November 20, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Syrian, go home

President Barack Obama wants the United States to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees next year -- but in the wake of last week's Paris attacks and reports that one of the terrorists may have had a valid Syrian passport with a stamp from Greece, more than half the governors in this country, a mostly Republican group, are opposed. They fear that a jihadi will embed with fleeing refugees. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Security comes first."

November 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Why does Manteca have a street tree plan?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 18, 2015 | | Other Views


‘Sickening setback’ for Obama

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State - at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy.

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Make interchange bicyclist friendly

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


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‘60 Minutes’ grills the new president

Donald Trump is a persistent critic of the media and is attacked for not granting them enough access. But three days after the election, there ...

November 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump Doctrine — ‘America First’

However Donald Trump came upon the foreign policy views he espoused, they were as crucial to his election as his views on trade and the ...

November 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Year of the fact-checker?

CNN's Brian Stelter sent around an Election Day email declaring "This is the year of the fact-checker." He joked, "Trump made fact-checking great again."

November 13, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Turning the page

Donald Trump is the President-elect, and hate crime has been institutionalized. Throughout the nation, the populist has now taken the Torch of Freedom from Lady ...

November 12, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Herding’ blinded pollsters

How did the national polls, which overwhelmingly predicted a Hillary Clinton victory, get the presidential election so wrong? A Capitol Weekly election postmortem panel Thursday ...

November 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Memo to Trump: ‘Action this Day!’

"In victory, magnanimity!" said Winston Churchill.

November 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Enjoying Hollywood’s doomsaying

The election has passed, and the American people gave the spoiled celebrities of Hollywood the heave-ho. Despite all of their earnest YouTube lectures and pro-Hillary ...

November 11, 2016 | | Other Views


I hate to say I told you so, actually, I Really don’t mind

The day after one of the greatest political upsets in world history, I dug out my July 2016 exchange with "David," an Ohio left-wing retired ...

November 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Congratulations, America!

As you read this Election Day has come and gone. This means our Constitutional system of government is still intact. No person, or party, or ...

November 08, 2016 | | Other Views


A sign of the future

Michael Eggman stopped by Manteca on Monday.

November 08, 2016 | Al Moncada | Other Views


Voting for Gary Johnson

If I were a Democrat, then I'd be as furious with my fellow partisans for nominating Hillary Clinton as I am at my fellow ...

November 07, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


For joint pain, give your meds time to work effectively

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman, in generally good health, and am having trouble with my right hip. I have had both knees ...

November 06, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Early voter gets remorse

As I write this, more than 27 million Americans already have voted in the Nov. 8 election. California voters can submit their ballots 30 days ...

November 05, 2016 | | Other Views


CNN: Clinton News Network

Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal, where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed "town hall" questions to Hillary ...

November 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s high crimes & misdemeanors

If Hillary Clinton is elected president on Tuesday, and if what Bret Baier is reporting from FBI sources on Fox News is true, America is ...

November 04, 2016 | | Other Views


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