Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles

In Defense of Shouting at the President.

Interrupting the head of state during a prepared speech to call him a liar -- when he isn't even lying -- would be against the rules of decorum in most democratic nations. But in general, I'm all for more frequent, rowdier confrontations between the president and Congress, in part because it gives each party a chance to clarify its agenda while subjecting it to the critiques of the other. At Newsweek , John Barry writes : The debacles of the past decade surely show how damaging is this inability to require America’s head of government to explain and defend his actions, at the time, to the legislature. Suppose President Bush had been forced to answer tough questions back in spring 2003 about his arguments for invading Iraq? Or his decision to set up Guantanamo and fill it with detainees scarfed up from faraway battlefields? Or his decision to allow the methods of interrogation that he did? The questions he never had seriously to address quickly mount up. ... The debate over President...

Reproductive Health in the Baucus Plan.

After health reform, who will decide what medical services insurance companies must cover? The House and Senate HELP committee bills empower an independent council of medical experts to make coverage recommendations to the Health and Human Services secretary. This is the group that would make controversial decisions about whether abortion, infertility treatments, or certain experimental procedures should be covered in basic health plans. The White House plan released yesterday stays silent on the question of who decides coverage specifics -- and that is likely because there is now an alternative in town. Sen. Max Baucus ' Finance Committee plan articulates broad areas of coverage that must be included, such as preventive care, primary care, hospital stays, and maternity care. But Baucus would allow insurance companies themselves to define what services each of those areas include, without government interference. Insiders say Baucus left the independent council out of his plan because...

About Immigrants and Health Reform.

The GOP got feisty tonight when President Obama said his health reform plan does not cover undocumented immigrants. South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson even called out " You lie !" from the gallery. So this is a good time to revisit some reporting I did on this issue last month: ...because President Obama has said comprehensive immigration reform -- including a path to legalization -- is on his agenda for later this year, anti-immigrant legislators are agitating about the eventual inclusion of today's illegals in tomorrow's health care system. They'd like to "contain costs" by writing a provision into health reform barring future legalized residents, at least for a period of time, from accessing government subsidized health care, as all current legal residents would be able to do. They'd also like language in the bill requiring government agencies to verify legal residency before enrolling people in the public plan or providing them with subsidies to purchase private insurance...

First Look at the Obama Plan.

President Obama is giving his speech on health reform right now. And the White House has just posted -- for the first time -- a detailed health reform plan . The highlights: Includes a public option that must be funded by its own premiums Includes an employer mandate for larger businesses Individual mandate with hardship waivers Beginning next year, offers more affordable options for patients with pre-existing conditions. For the rest of the market, most new insurance options won't be available until 2013. Reaches across the aisle through a commitment to malpractice reform Decreases drug costs by 50 percent for seniors in the Medicare "donut hall" The president is saying in his speech that progressives should remember that the public option is just a "means to an end" -- not a fix-all -- and that they should "remain open" to other ideas, such as co-operatives. So this plan should really be understood just as a jumping-off point for negotiations with Congress. It also doesn't mention...

Tweeting the Speech.

Follow me ! Our own Tim Fernholz is at Congress tonight and will have reactions and commentary later. -- Dana Goldstein