Mar 23, 2017

03/23/2017: Nobody knew health care could be so complicated

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So, no vote on the big GOP health care bill today. There might be one tomorrow, depending on whether you listen to the White House or to Republican leaders in Congress. The latest carrot they're using to win votes is scrapping an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. We'll talk about "health care a la carte." Plus, a NAFTA thought experiment and the latest in our My Economy series.

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Apple will build iPhones in India, widening its market there

Mar 23, 2017
Smartphone assembly in Bangalore starts in a couple months.

What if NAFTA was never created?

Mar 23, 2017
U.S. manufacturing jobs would still be lost to technology and China, economists say.
U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the North American Free Trade Agreement on December 8, 1993.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Companies are pulling ads from YouTube to protect their brands

Mar 23, 2017
Multiple U.S. companies are pulling their ads from YouTube over offensive material. AT&T, Verizon and Johnson & Johnson’s decision follows other companies here and abroad that will stop advertising until Google can guarantee their ads won’t run before videos containing hate speech. Google says it’s committed to working on a resolution, but there are technological […]

As farmworkers grow scarce, wages are on the rise

Mar 23, 2017
But that's not attracting native-born American laborers to the fields yet, L.A. Times reporter says.
California farmers face such tight labor pools that some are replacing grapes with almonds, which require much less human labor.
John Moore/Getty Images

Conservatives want the government to stop mandating what insurers must cover

Mar 23, 2017
The latest carrot that House leadership and the White House are using to win conservative Republican votes for the health care bill is repealing an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. Under Obamacare, virtually all insurance policies cover things like hospitalization, mental health, prescription drugs and pregnancies – known as essential health benefits. But guaranteeing those […]

Why Silicon Valley isn’t doing enough about gender equality

Mar 23, 2017
The tech industry is 'awful' to women, journalist and author Liza Mundy says.
 If inequality isn't fixed, "Women get shut out of one of the most exciting, attractive fields to work in," Liza Mundy says.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

My Economy: Caring for seniors through art

Mar 23, 2017
Many of the caregivers in nursing homes can't afford health insurance, Martha Rast says.
 
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So, no vote on the big GOP health care bill today. There might be one tomorrow, depending on whether you listen to the White House or to Republican leaders in Congress. The latest carrot they’re using to win votes is scrapping an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. We’ll talk about “health care a la carte.” Plus, a NAFTA thought experiment and the latest in our My Economy series.

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