Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Read my new book Big Science and my blog The Economy Hub mhiltzik@latimes.com

How a hugely overpriced hepatitis drug helped drive up U.S. health spending

latimes.com — There's one especially eye-catching number in a new report by Medicare actuaries about U.S. healthcare spending: 12.6%. That's the leap in prescription drug spending last year over the year before. How sharp an increase is it? It was five times as much as the increase for 2013 over 2012, which was a mere 2.5%.
Jul 29, 2015

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MICHAEL HILTZIK discusses his new book BIG SCIENCE

Jul 28, 2015

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Jul 28, 2015

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Jul 29, 2015

Reminder to my SoCal readers: I'll be speaking and signing my book Big Science tonite, 7:30, at L.A.'s Skylight Books skylightbooks.com/event/michael-…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @hiltzikm: Reminder to my SoCal readers: I'll be speaking and signing my book Big Science tonite, 7:30, at L.A.'s Skylight Books skylightbooks.com/event/michael-…

Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is 'terrorism'

latimes.com — Government officials have threatened "rogue archivist" Carl Malamud with legal action many times for his efforts to make public government documents widely available for free, but the state of Georgia has set a new standard for fighting this ridiculous battle: it's suing Malamud for infringing its copyright of state laws  by--horrors--publishing them online.
Jul 27, 2015

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Jul 27, 2015

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Jul 27, 2015

State of Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is ‘terrorism' latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Jul 27, 2015

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Religious 'freedom': Judges bar pharmacies from withholding contraceptives

latimes.com — A federal appeals court has just struck back against the discreditable trend of healthcare professionals placing their personal beliefs ahead of their duties to patients. In a case involving a family-owned pharmacy in Washington State that objects to "morning-after" contraceptives, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S.

Consumer Protection: Why do Republicans hate the CFPB so much?

latimes.com — The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill turned five years old this week, and conservative Republicans, who didn't like the measure in the first place, predictably have been withering in their scorn. Perhaps not coincidentally, so have big bankers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Social Security trustees: program is healthier, Congress still must act

latimes.com — The Social Security trustees delivered a harsh blow Wednesday to those who claim the system is structurally unsound, requiring major cutbacks.

Atticus Finch and the problem of good-hearted racism

latimes.com — During the waning days of apartheid, I had dinner with a group of liberal South Africans. And they were liberals in relative terms: Cape Town residents of Anglo descent, they had lived and done business in the closest thing to a multicultural community South Africa offered, geographically and socially remote from the Afrikaner traditions prevailing in Johannesburg and Pretoria, some 900 miles to the north.

Rental sites like Airbnb aren't as innocuous as they pretend

latimes.com — You could look at the recent proposals to clamp down on San Francisco's short-term housing rental market as the city's attempt to call Airbnb's bluff. Airbnb is the high-tech start-up that allows residents or owners of homes and apartments to connect online with would-be renters of their spare couches, rooms or entire units.

BIG SCIENCE by Michael Hiltzik

kirkusreviews.com — Europe's Large Hadron Collider cost more than $10 billion, paid for by a consortium of nations. Its success owes much to charismatic physicist Ernest Lawrence (1901-1958), who invented the cyclotron, the Collider's ancestor. business columnist Hiltzik ( Los Angeles Times The New Deal: A Modern History, 2011, etc.)
Jul 07, 2015

RT @KirkusReviews: "fascinating biography of a physicist who transformed how science is done" #kirkus on @hiltzikm new book. ow.ly/JKc9M

Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics

latimes.com — The Fourth of July kicks off the summer vacation season, providing some readers with their only opportunity all year to curl up with good book for an extended period. Here we present a few you may have thought about getting around for years, only to be scared off by their vintage, reputation, or girth--but that truly are entertaining.
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Jul 29, 2015

RT @jontalton: Uber and the lawlessness of 'sharing economy' corporates gu.com/p/4ak3y/stw | The Guardian

Jul 29, 2015

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