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

OBAMA'S SKIP GATES STATEMENT.

Given that I was pretty tough on Obama 's health care performance tonight, I just want to say that I think his comments on the Henry Louis Gates arrest were surprisingly frank and brave. "Any of us would be pretty angry," he said, adding, "the Cambridge police acted stupidly" by arresting someone in his own home. Unfortunately, it's considered rather radical for a national politician to criticize cops. But as Obama pointed out, you just can't elide the fact that "there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately." We'll see how this plays out in the media. The indispensable Adam Serwer predicts , "Reporters are going to act like this was a 'betrayal' of a post-racial promise Obama never actually made." -- Dana Goldstein

OBAMA PLAYS DEFENSE ON HEALTH CARE.

In his health care press conference tonight, despite sounding a few optimistic notes -- "what's remarkable at this point is not how far we have to go, but how far we've come" -- the president seemed, more than ever before, on defense. Obama was clearly determined to hit back against perceptions that his health reform plan is a classic "tax and spend" proposition. Again and again, he portrayed himself as "very worried about federal spending. ... To everyone out there who's been ginned up about this idea that the Obama administration wants to spend and spend and spend, the fact of the matter is that we have inherited enormous deficits," he said. "But health care reform is not going to add to that deficit; it's designed to lower it." Although recent polling on health care suggests the public is skeptical of the administration's reform efforts -- in part because of cost -- Obama's personal popularity remains very strong. Fifty-nine percent of Americans view him favorably. Perhaps that is...

OBAMA'S BIG HEALTH CARE SPEECH.

I'll be back here after the speech with some breaking analysis. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter . -- Dana Goldstein

OBAMA: NOT FUNDING ABORTIONS IS A "TRADITION."

Yesterday, in an interview with Katie Couric , President Obama finally directly addressed the question of abortion financing in the public plan. He reiterated that he doesn't want to "micromanage" on particular benefits. But in a statement that is sure to rile his pro-choice base, Obama referred to a "tradition" of banning federal funding for abortion. That is a reference to the Hyde Amendment, which currently prevents Medicaid coverage of abortions for poor women. And while none of the health reform bills in Congress threaten Hyde, reproductive health advocates have been trying for decades to repeal the ban. By deferring to this "tradition," Obama seems to be signaling that he could support a public plan that excludes abortion coverage. Here are Obama's words to Couric: Katie Couric : Do you favor a government option that would cover abortions? President Obama : What I think is important, at this stage, is not trying to micromanage what benefits are covered. Because I think we're...

FIVE CENTRIST DEMS AGREE WITH GOP: NO ABORTION IN PUBLIC PLAN.

Five centrist Democrats --Reps. Tim Ryan , (OH), Dale Kildee (Mich.), James Langevin (R.I.), Artur Davis (Ala.) and Kendrick Meek (Fla.) -- have written a letter to Nancy Pelosi urging that health reform maintain the "status quo" on federal abortion funding. Here is their proposal : ...we believe that a common ground solution is to include language in the final legislation that makes clear that no insurance company will be required to pay for an abortion except in extraordinary circumstances -- nor will they be prohibited from paying for an abortion, so long as health insurance plans offered in the exchange that choose to provide abortion coverage pay for those services with funds that are separate and distinct from any federal subsidies. This solution maintains the current status quo in the private market – where insurance companies can choose whether to include this coverage in their plans and individuals can choose which plan (and what sort of coverage) fits their individual...

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