Lindsay Beyerstein is an investigative journalist in Brooklyn, New York. She is a staff writer for In These Times and the lead writer at the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Her reporting has appeared in the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Slate, and other publications.
The law is clear: If Castro terminated McKnight’s pregnancies against her will, he’s guilty of aggravated murder under Ohio law. The question is whether the state can prove that he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This week’s health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes: Prostate health is girly, abstinence-only education works through failure, “principled” libertarian Rand Paul would protect all-white lunch counters but ban private abortion clinics, and more
Today, President Obama will hold a televised health care summit on his recently released plan for health reform, a last-ditch attempt to get Republicans to offer ideas for reform. In fact, he's hoping to give the GOP enough rope to hang itself.
Sen. Edward Kennedy succumbed this week to brain cancer at the age of 77. During his 46-year career in the Senate, Kennedy's name appeared on virtually every major piece of progressive legislation from civil rights to economic justice.
The House this week unveiled its eagerly-awaited health care bill, which would create an insurance exchange where the self-employed and small employers could order off a "menu" featuring a public plan and various private options.
During a strategy call with key congressional leaders last week, President Obama reportedly complained that liberal advocacy groups are attacking Democrats instead of trying to pass whatever healthcare bill the Senate happens to cough up.
This week, the AMA warned Obama that a public plan could restrict patient choice. But for millions of Americans, getting a choice between healthcare and no healthcare would represent a 100% increase in their healthcare options.
The feds will probably stop short of investigating Tiller's murder as a terrorist attack. That designation would unleash vast federal powers to investigate large swathes of the radical anti-choice movement.
Prospects for passing a healthcare bill this year have brightened noticeably, thanks to a Senate seat pickup in Minnesota, support for the budget reconciliation strategy, and overtures towards bipartisanship from key Republicans.
Now that Obama has chosen his top healthcare advisers, the administration is beginning to chart a course for healthcare reform. Not surprisingly, there is vigorous debate about what our a new healthcare system would look like, and how to pay for it.
Now that Obama has reversed Bush's executive order, scientists will be allowed to study stem cells from any lineage, including newly created lines, without jeopardizing their federal funding. But where will these new lines of stem cells come from?
Obama's pick for health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle, will be responsible for shepherding healthcare reform legislation through Congress and HHS Secretary, nominee Kathleen Sebelius, would be responsible for implementing the plan.
Republicans are scared that a new public health insurance system would be so good that no citizen would buy expensive private insurance - or vote for politicians who want to take public insurance away.
Each week, Lindsay Beyerstein brings us the best of progressive reporting on health care. This week, Lindsay examines Obama's progressive, pro-choice cabinet picks, health care reform, a fun fact for your Thanksgiving meal and more!
An exciting week in health care news: the Bush administration is racing to take away as many reproductive rights as it can before leaving office. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are taking the lead on healthcare reform.
The Obama victory is a mandate for science and rationality across the board, especially in health care policy. Though the economic crisis has become an excuse to ignore health care, nothing could be more shortsighted.
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