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Election 2012

Stories in Reform

On the Ballot: Marijuana, Gay Marriage

September 14, 2012

“The presidential election gets most of the attention, but it’s going to be a very interesting year at state level, with voters potentially passing a host of far-reaching new laws,” says John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute. Pot legalization is a hot topic this year, as are same-sex marriage, health care, tax increases and public employee unions.

Courting the Female Voter

March 16, 2012

Women are the coveted demographic of the moment. Republican candidates have been getting attention — both positive and negative — with their stances on birth control and abortion. Obama is launching a big push to attract women voters. How important will women be this November, and how swingable is their vote?

Language & Health Care

December 10, 2010

A study finds that foreign-born Latinos view the quality of their health care treatment more positively when their doctors speak the same language.

Hospital Perks and the Patient Experience

December 10, 2010

With offerings like hotel-style room service, massage therapy and magnificent views, hospitals are increasingly touting their luxury services in a bid to gain market share. How important is the patient experience? Should our health care system pay for these amenities? New research addresses the pampered patient.

November Initiatives

October 15, 2010

Next month’s ballot measures focus on everything but the economy, according
to USC’s Initiative
and Referendum Institute.

Sunny State in
Dark Mood

April 16, 2010

Californians feel pessimistic about their state. But a majority are happy about the new health care law, which could help candidates in the midterms.

Health Reform = Jobs

January 15, 2010

As Congress wrangles its way to the finish line, a new study finds that health care reform could create 2.5 million to 4 million jobs in the next decade.

Progress Report: Obama’s First Year

January 15, 2010

It’s been one year since Barack Obama was inaugurated on the steps of the Capitol building. USC professors Ange-Marie Hancock and Jane Junn review his 2009 obstacles and achievements — both symbolic and concrete — and consider what lies ahead for him in 2010.

How To Fix American Health Care

August 14, 2009

The cure for our ailing system is reform that combines HMOs with private plans, says Jeffrey McCombs. A look at costs, problems and solutions.

Health Care Proposals: Pros and Cons

August 14, 2009

What’s right and what’s wrong about the health care plans currently before Congress? Three USC medical experts take the legislation’s temperature.

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