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

Playing the Abortion Card

Conservatives are crying "abortion" in their efforts to derail health reform. But progress for reproductive rights is far from assured.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, addresses at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
"I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the...Medicaid bill." Those were the words of Illinois Sen. Henry Hyde, on the floor of Congress in 1977. Just four years earlier, Roe v. Wade had legalized abortion across the country. Almost immediately, opponents of reproductive rights began seeking out ways to limit access to the procedure. One of their major early successes was the Hyde Amendment, which, ever since 1976, has banned Medicaid -- the federal health insurance program for poor women and children -- from paying for abortions, except in the most extreme cases when a woman's physical health or life is in danger. Medicaid covers 7 million American women, or 12 percent of women of reproductive age. Federal employees, members of the U.S. military, Peace Corps volunteers, and prisoners are also barred from using their government health coverage...

BRUNO AND THE ICK FACTOR.

I saw Bruno this weekend, and while I laughed uproariously, I have to agree with Double X's Jessica Grose that the film was "deeply mean-spirited." Indeed, I spent a considerable portion of the movie turned away from the screen with my face in my hands, so difficult was it to watch a series of hapless stage mothers, B-list celebrities, and Southerners unwittingly humiliated on screen. That's not to say Bruno does nothing productive to expose homophobia. Two of the best scenes were the ones in which Bruno meets with "ex-gay" "therapists." The second of these men, who specializes in especially difficult cases, suggests to Sacha Baron Cohen -- whom he believes is an Austrian fashion personality -- that although women are "annoying," "we need them," and that he should allow women he finds "tolerable" to seduce him. Yet because I was familiar with Baron Cohen's shtick from his previous film, Borat , what most shocked me about Bruno wasn't its exploitation of regular people, but its overt...

DOES BIBI DEFINE JEWISHNESS?

Among Jews, a subtext of many debates about Israeli/Palestinian politics is the question of who gets to define Jewishness. Is it believers and militarists who believe that "Greater Israel" really is land "promised" to the descendants of Abraham and Isaac ? Or humanists who take pride in Jews' diaspora history as "rootless cosmopolitans?" Who is more "in touch" with their Jewishness -- a secular Israeli or a practicing American? A peacenik, a kibbutznik, or a hawk? Of course, like most debates over legitimacy and authenticity, these questions are reductive, silencing, and actually prevent people from understanding one another. The starting point for a political discussion on settlements, for example, or Palestinian statehood, should not be a definition of "appropriate" Jewishness. Why? Because fixating on that question, as Phil Weiss has written , makes it easier to elide the fact that the group of people primarily suffering right now -- and primarily culturally threatened -- are not...

WOMEN AND HEALTH REFORM: WHAT ABOUT SINGLE-PAYER?

As we get into the nitty-gritty of subsidies, health insurance exchanges, and Medicaid income caps, it's helpful to remember that many health-care experts still support single-payer -- a government-run health system. Some, like Our Bodies Ourselves executive director Judy Norsigian , are ignoring congressional politics to take a stance right now in favor of single-payer, while the country is focused on the topics of health-care outcomes and cost. Here is my interview with Norsigian on why she believes anything less than single-payer is "un-doable" and "not sustainable" -- and why public education is key to health reform. Why are you coming out for single-payer right now, when it's not on the table politically? One of the things that’s clear is that those who are opponents of single-payer, pretty much all of them are opponents of any meaningful public health insurance option. I have not seen much wiggle room. You know, there might be a few legislators we missed, but in general it...

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