POLITICS 04/20/2018 05:46 am ET Price controls are getting a serious look in California. By Jonathan Cohn If you think the country needs dramatic, even radical action to stop medical care from getting so expensive, pay close attention to what’s happening in California. Next week, a committee in the state Assembly will vote on legislation to create a permanent, nine-member commission on health care costs, quality and access. But instead of simply proposing different ways of paying for medical care, like so many other commissions have over the years, this one would have real power ― the power to set legally binding limits on what hospitals, drugmakers and the rest of the health care industry can charge private insurers and individuals. The bill could bring government control of health care spending to the biggest state in the country, and it might not stop there. Government control of health care spending, in one form or another, is an essential … [Read more...] about The Big New Idea For Reducing Health Care Costs Is Actually Really Old
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Jul 24, 2:42 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Reuters 07/24/18 AT 2:03 AM Alphabet Inc on Monday reported that expenses from its Google search business grew more slowly in the second quarter while revenue rose more steeply than analysts had anticipated, boosting profit above Wall Street targets and pushing shares up 3.6 percent after hours.Google's dominance in online advertising has been challenged this year by the antitrust battle over its Android mobile software, which led to a $5 billion fine for the quarter, and other regulatory actions, including new European privacy rules.Government pressure to improve moderation of user-created content has forced Google to hire more analysts. YouTube, a Google-owned streaming service, has increased spending on video content to keep consumers from shifting to offerings from Netflix Inc and expanding media conglomerates such as AT&T Inc.But those issues have yet … [Read more...] about Alphabet Trounces Profit Estimates As Google Reins In Costs
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By Robert Sapien Jr. | PUBLISHED: October 23, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: October 23, 2018 at 6:46 am In the heart of Silicon Valley, we expect to have the newest technology and our major businesses don’t hesitate to invest in the kind of technical improvements that can make our lives safer and better. Yet decades of under investment have left our emergency response system lagging far behind — putting residents at risk in the inevitable fire, earthquake or major flood. Think about this: We have fire stations that opened in the 1950s, a stormwater system that was built when Harry Truman was president and bridges that date from World War I. Much of this infrastructure served our city well for a long time but it just can’t keep up with the demands of today. As San Jose’s fire chief, I’ve taken a particularly close look at our emergency response infrastructure and I know it’s inadequate to protect our residents, or our firefighters, in the worst … [Read more...] about Opinion: San Jose’s Measure T will save lives and money