Mark Leno

Pricing women out of health care

In some cases, women were charged more than 50 percent more — and as much as 140 percent more - for identical health plans.
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OPINION While California faces some of the most challenging economic times in recent history, many residents are losing their jobs — and as a result, their health insurance. And businesses of all sizes are struggling to make ends meet, which often means slicing employee benefits.

As more people are forced to turn to the individual market for their health insurance, women in California are at a distinct disadvantage. Under a practice known as gender rating, health insurers are allowed to charge higher premiums based on a person's gender. Read more »

The governor's spending addiction

We need to finally have an honest conversation with the voters of California
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OPINION Just five months after boasting that California's "budget deficit is zero," Gov. Read more »

The poison in your sofa

California's standard is poisoning the whole nation, one sofa at a time.
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OPINION If your sofa was purchased in California after 1975, chances are its interior foam and cushions contain either brominated or chlorinated fire retardants. These toxic chemicals have been shown to cause cancer, reproductive problems, learning disabilities, and thyroid disease in laboratory animals and house cats. Read more »