health care

  • May 20, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill that, if signed into law, will make it a felony to perform an abortion, reports Merrit Kennedy at NPR.

    At The Atlantic, Vann R. Newkirk II examines segregation in America’s healthcare system, noting, “Racial differences in almost every health outcome ‒ from infant mortality to life expectancy ‒ are obvious and pronounced, especially between white people and black people.”

    Patricia J. Williams at The Nation says many of the proposed solutions to combatting the Zika virus highlight the dangers of letting religion affect public health policy. 

  • May 16, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    Today, the Supreme Court vacated judgments in Zubik v. Burwell, instructing both parties involved to go back to the lower courts and make “tweaks in the contraceptive mandate to eliminate any faith-based concerns ‘while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly,’” reports Sarah Ferris at The Hill.

    The Obama administration on Friday issued a directive telling every public school district to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, report Julie Hirschfeld and Matt Apuzzo at The New York Times.

    A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the Obama administration had improperly funded a major subsidy of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a surprise blow to President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, writes Matt Ford in The Atlantic

    P.R. Lockhart at The American Prospect says a new Mississippi law that legalizes discrimination against LGBT individuals on religious grounds “could have sweeping implications well beyond the realm of gay marriage.”

  • December 14, 2015

    By Jim Thompson

    On the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a victim of gun violence herself, laments in USA Today the senseless deaths that continue at the hands of gun-yielding killers and urges Congress to enact policies that will combat this unprecedented epidemic.

    Wesley Lowery at The Washington Post discusses the evolving national ethos on race and policing,  stating, “sustained protests in multiple cities, an aggressive social media campaign and a steady drip of viral videos revealing questionable police shootings have eroded the societal reflex to defend police and blame the dead victim.”

    In The New York Times, Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz expose the inhumane treatment of inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York and the cover-up that shielded this injustice from the public eye for many years.

    Following the conclusion of the Paris climate conference, Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic assesses the effectiveness of the world’s first international agreement to limit anthropogenic causes of climate change.

    At SCOTUSblog, Lyle Denniston previews the next slate of legal challenges to Obamacare. 

  • September 16, 2015

    by Nanya Springer

    In the New Republic, Simon Lazarus of the Constitutional Accountability Center examines Judge Rosemary Collyer’s decision to entertain an unrealistic effort by House Speaker John Boehner aimed at destroying the Affordable Care Act.

    In The New York Times, Noam Scheiber reports that as more men feel entitled to take time off for family reasons, the number of fathers filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers is increasing.

    Amy Goldstein, Jeff Guo and Lazaro Gamio report in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog that while nine million people have gained health care coverage since 2013, wages and poverty levels have remained stagnant and income inequality remains high.

  • March 3, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    At MSNBC, Ari Melber argues that the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell is a charade.

    Sahil Kapur writes for Talking Points Memo that if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, dysfunction in the Republican-led Congress will lead to healthcare chaos.

    At the Huffington Post, Jonathan Cohn examines the path of lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act and its dubious basis.

    Simon Lazarus reviews the new book from Robert A. Katzmann at Democracy and considers how King v. Burwell will show whether conservative justices will “follow common-sense principles” or side with those who hope to rationalize “politically driven, legally flimsy results.”

    Noah Feldman takes a look at the recent Arizona redistricting case at Bloomberg View and asserts that the founders would approve of the state’s referendum model of redistricting.

    At The Nation, Ari Berman asserts that racism, inequality, and segregation persist fifty years after Selma.