Longer looks: The man behind the 'Personhood' crusade; Atul Gawande on SCOTUS; 'No One Dies Alone' program

Published on July 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM · No Comments
Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web.

Newsweek: Behind 'Personhood' Leader Keith Mason's Anti-Abortion Crusade
In the four years since Mason launched the pro-life group Personhood USA, he has been crisscrossing the country to convince voters that the best way to overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion, is to define human embryos as people from the moment of fertilization. ... Mason, the man at the heart of the maelstrom, is part preacher, part hipster. ... As Mason's team gathers signatures for the fall ballots in his most ambitious season so far, opponents are bracing for a fight. Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other groups have filed lawsuits and launched extensive publicity campaign (Abigail Pesta, 6/25).

The New Yorker: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Tens of millions of Americans don't have access to basic care for prevention and treatment of illness. ... most American leaders, regardless of their politics, believe that people's health-care needs should be met; they've sought to insure that soldiers, the elderly, the disabled, and children, not to mention themselves, have access to good care. But many draw their circle of concern narrowly; they continue to resist the idea that people without adequate insurance are anything like these deserving others (Dr. Atul Gawande, 6/28).

The New York Times: For Uninsured In Texas, Supreme Court Ruling Adds To Uncertainty
In Texas -; where 25 percent of the population lacks health insurance, the highest uninsured rate of any state, according to the Texas Medical Association -; the Supreme Court's ruling was not quite the partisan victory or defeat it might have been in Washington. Though those without health coverage perhaps had the most at stake, the ruling was one more element of uncertainty in uncertain lives, drowned out by more pressing medical needs and financial pressures. The uncertainty was intensified by unanswered questions over the state's efforts to fight the expansion of Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for low-income and sick people (Manny Fernandez, 6/29).

The Daily Beast: Obamacare: It's Cheaper!
Amid the cheers and boos following last week's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, one question remained unanswered: What the heck does it mean for me? For now, not much, considering most of the law won't go into effect until 2014. But when it does, many of us are in for some big-;and affordable-;changes. Here, a user-friendly guide to the numbers (7/5).

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