Health Reform in Hollywood
Performers test the new law

About this project

The President’s embattled health law could play the role of a lifetime for California’s arts and entertainment community. It promises to expand health coverage beyond a relative few who work enough to qualify for Screen Actors Guild insurance, or who dig deeply into their wallets for individual plans. But performers are discovering sobering realities, including limited provider networks and subsidy rules that are ill-fitted for the unpredictability of Hollywood incomes.


Performers' hopes tempered by sober realities

Before her injury, dancer Chisa Yamaguchi could catapult 12 feet in the air from a towering stage structure, but Hollywood’s brass ring of health insurance was always out of reach. Then came Obamacare.


John Gonzales

John Gonzales

Senior writer John Gonzales specializes in the demographics of health policy. He was most recently based in New Orleans as Southern Regional Correspondent for the Associated Press. He covered efforts to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, as well as immigration and the shifting demographics of The South. Gonzales previously was Hispanic Affairs reporter at Newsday -- a beat that took him from New York's emerging Mexican neighborhoods, to the U.S. border region, to rural Mexican towns. His "Texas Smuggling" articles won the National Association of Hispanic Journalists best breaking news award in 2004. He was also awarded The Freedom Forum’s North American Journalist Exchange fellowship in 2001. Gonzales spent the early part of his 15-year journalism career on the staffs of The Daily Breeze and the Gardena Valley News. He is a USC Annenberg graduate, with honors, and a dual major in political science. He is also a Spanish speaker and graduate of the Los Angeles Times Minority Editorial Training Program, or METPro.

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