Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author/historian of science, tech, & The New Deal. Read my blog The Economy Hub michael.hiltzik@latimes.com

What 'The New Yorker' misses about the Uber protests

latimes.com — The veteran tech analyst, writer, and entrepreneur Om Malik weighed in last week for The New Yorker with some thoughts about Uber, the ride-summoning service that is one of the most destructive of paradigm-destroying new companies in existence.

In battling racist policies, taking down the Confederate flag is barely a first step

latimes.com — The power of a symbol should never be underestimated, but it shouldn't be overestimated, either. That's the case with the confederate battle flag, which is coming down from public venues all across the South and off retailers' shelves across the nation.

Michael Hiltzik: With one ruling, Supreme Court saves Obamacare, the GOP and itself

contracostatimes.com — By Michael HiltzikLos Angeles Times columnist Posted: 06/27/2015 09:00:00 AM PDT With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act's federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law via the lawsuit King vs.

Save Obamacare's medical device tax!

articles.latimes.com — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) opposes the medical device tax -- is it... (Bennett Raglin / Getty Images...) The one piece of Obamacare that seems genuinely to be on the table in the shutdown standoff is the medical device tax, a 2.3% levy mostly on hospital devices designed to produce $30 billion in revenue over ten years.

With one ruling, Supreme Court saves Obamacare, the GOP, and itself

latimes.com — With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act's federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law via the lawsuit King v. Burwell.

Michael Hiltzik - "Big Science"

warwicks.com — Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Warwick's is proud to be hosting winner of the Pulitzer Prize Michael Hiltzik on Wednesday, July 8th at 7:30pm to present his newest book, Big Science. Los Angeles Times for three decades.

High cost of hepatitis drug reflects a broken pricing system

latimes.com — Jane Blumenfeld isn't sure when or how she contracted hepatitis C. All she knows is that back in 2000, when she tried to donate blood, the lab told her she had it.

CBO: Repealing Obamacare would be bad for the deficit, good for the wealthy

latimes.com — Five years after its enactment, repealing the Affordable Care Act remains a Republican pipe dream and a litmus test of GOP orthodoxy. But it would cut deeply into the GOP's ostensible commitment to fiscal responsibility. That's the latest finding by the Congressional Budget Office, even after the numbers are massaged in a manner the Republican congressional majority demands.

San Diego nightmare: Tell me again why any city would do business with the NFL

latimes.com — One thing you have to say about San Diego's civic leaders in their dealings with the National Football League Chargers is that they've done their best. Only a month ago they put forth a financing plan for a 65,000-seat, $1.1-billion stadium to keep the team from relocating to Los Angeles County that involved at least a half-billion dollars in contributions from city and county taxpayers, squeezed out without the nicety of taxpayer votes.

California labor regulators blast a big hole in Uber's 'sharing economy' dodge

latimes.com — "Sharing economy" firms like the car services Uber and Lyft have always been based on something of a sham: the idea that the drivers are working for themselves, not for the bosses. That concept is so alluring, on the surface, that it has spread to house cleaners, launderers, delivery persons--you name it.
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Jun 29, 2015

Protesters vs Uber aren't Luddites protesting technology--they're protesting corporate profiteers: fw.to/wAWkcOX

Jun 29, 2015

In battling racist healthcare & voting policies, taking down the Confederate flag is barely a first step fw.to/af1AJjF

Jun 29, 2015

Confederate flag's just a symbol--the challenge is eradicating racism in healthcare, voting, and housing policy: fw.to/af1AJjF

Jun 29, 2015

What the New Yorker magazine missed about the Uber protesters--they're not Luddites fw.to/wAWkcOX

Jun 29, 2015

No, the protests against Uber aren't coming from 'Luddites' fw.to/wAWkcOX

Jun 29, 2015

Taking down the Confederate flag isn't even a first step when racism tinges policies on the ACA, voting, and more: fw.to/af1AJjF

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