FROM Stephanie Mencimer
The Faces of King v. Burwell Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act goes back to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments in a case called King v Burwell. It challenges Obamacare based on four words in the law’s hundreds of pages; four words addressing tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance. The plaintiffs claim that because of how the law is written, only people who buy coverage through state-run marketplaces should get subsidies. If they win, millions of people in the 34 states where the federal government runs the marketplaces could lose health care. California is not one of those states -- we have our own marketplace -- but today we take a step back and look at how this case came about in the first place. Who are the plaintiffs, and how did they get involved?
Conservatives Join Liberals to Oppose Texas Execution of Mentally Ill Man In 1992, Scott Panetti shot and killed his wife’s parents in Texas. He’s a diagnosed schizophrenic who’s been in mental institutions many times, and the US Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to execute the mentally ill. But Panetti, who says that Texas wants to execute him for preaching the bible, is scheduled to die this coming Wednesday. That has created an unlikely coalition of death penalty opponents, evangelical Christians and former Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul. Stephanie Mencimer writes for Mother Jones magazine.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."