Daily Digest - November 4: You Can Keep It, Unless Your Insurance is No Good

Nov 4, 2013Rachel Goldfarb

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Aides Debated Obama Health-Care Coverage Promise (WSJ)

Colleen McCain Nelson, Peter Nicholas, and Carol E. Lee speak to Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch about the President's assurance that people who liked their insurance would get to keep it. He says adding an asterisk for good insurance wasn't practical.

The Tea Party’s Assault on Workers (WaPo)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal writes that states controlled by the GOP aren't just taking action against public sector workers. Coordinated legislation across these states is harming private sector workers and limiting local labor protections, too.

Absolute 'credibility issue' for Obama (The Kudlow Report)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren appears on CNBC to discuss how the Healthcare.Gov rollout has harmed the Affordable Care Act and the President. He points out that 97% of Americans are unaffected by the website, which limits the potential damage.

Walmart Is Trying to Block Workers' Disability Benefits (MoJo)

Erika Eichelberger reports on a case before the Supreme Court which could make more difficult for all workers to obtain disability benefits. Walmart is trying to argue that appeals must occur within three years of filing a disability claim - regardless of how long that decision takes.

Burns Explores Roosevelt Legacy in New Documentary; Screening at Ga. Home of FDR (WaPo)

The Associated Press reports on an early screening of part of his new documentary on the Roosevelt family. Burns attempts to get beyond "treacly and superficial" stories to the real history and legacies of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

New on Next New Deal

The Origins of "If You Like Your Health Insurance, You Can Keep It"

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch explains why the President's leading message on health care was necessary. A more nuanced explanation would have allowed Republican fear-mongering to kill reform.

Federal Court Decision Doesn't Just Limit Abortion: It Creates a Crisis for Women's Health Care in Texas

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn writes on the Fifth Circuit decision that has shut down numerous women's health clinics across Texas. The state's new abortion laws aren't just limiting access to a legal medical procedure - they're limiting access to all health care.

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