Lindsay E. Beyerstein

In These Times

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.


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The Pulse: House Passes Health Care Reform

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform. Here's a rundown of some of the more inflammatory issues, what's in the bill, what's not, what some will continue to fight for even after the bill is signed into law.

Weekly Pulse: Senate Prepares to Cast First Votes

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on proposed amendments to the health care reform bill today. It takes 60 votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the health care bill will never pass. It’s a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues, however.

Weekly Pulse: The Stupak Setback

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal

Daily Pulse: “I Love My Socialist Kidney”

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

To most Americans, single-payer health care seems like political science fiction, but most don’t realize we already have single-payer options: Medicare (for the aged) and Medicaid (for the poor). Jennifer Nix knows first hand about single payer....

Daily Pulse: Astroturfing the Public Option

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

The Senate Finance Committee is slogging through literally hundreds of proposed amendments to the Baucus health care reform bill. The bill still doesn’t have a public option, but there’s a good chance that insurance subsidies will be revised upwards

Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

Opponents of health reform are stating that millions of Americans will lose their employer-based coverage under a public option. What they don't tell you is that employers can stop offering coverage at any time with no fallback.

Daily Pulse: Obama’s Health Care Speech

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

The President's speech was impressive, but as John Nichols of the Nation observed, hardly a rousing "to-the-barricades" oration. The proposed "limited public exchange" is not what supporters had in mind but won't "threaten" insurance companies.

Weekly Pulse: Mob Scene

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

Republicans and their allies are pressuring Democratic healthcare reformers at town hall meetings around the country -- but a network of corporate funders and lobbyists are behind the mobs.

Should Tiller’s Assassin Be Charged As A Domestic Terrorist?

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

The man who shot a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. was labeled by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, yet Scott Roeder, who assassinated Dr. George Tiller and who has been associated with a range of anti-choice groups that engage in violent rhetoric and clinic blockades has not. Should he be charged as a domestic terrorist? Many in the pro-choice community think the ultimate costs of doing so may outweigh the benefits.

Weekly Pulse: The Bill the House Built

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

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.

Weekly Pulse: The Presidential Guilt Trip

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

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.

Weekly Pulse: Signs of Hope in the Senate

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

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.

Weekly Pulse: Drugs, Sex, and Single Payer

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

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.

Sent Away: A New Look at Maternity Group Homes

Lindsay E. Beyerstein

Maternity group homes are not just a thing of the past. Many provide badly needed assistance to a vulnerable population. However, there is also reason to fear that some young women are being subjected to a variety of coercions under the guise of "choice."

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