Aftermath: Supreme Court & Health Care with Carl Bernstein, Jeffrey Toobin & Susan Blumenthal – July 19th



On Thursday, July 19th, at 12:15pm, please join The Common Good for a lunch discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, expert legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin and former Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal.  They will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision regarding Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

What are the ramifications for health care policy?  Will John Roberts’ vote with the majority and ruling shape future law?  What is the political fallout in an election year?  Please join us to discuss this monumental Supreme Court decision with one of the most consequential journalists of our lifetime and our other stellar discussants.

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About Carl Bernstein

 Carl Bernstein shared a Pulitzer prize with Bob Woodward for his coverage of Watergate forThe Washington Post. In the four decades since, in books, magazine articles, commentary, and television reporting, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years—the use and abuse of power: Political power, media power, financial power, and spiritual power. His most recent book is the best-selling biography, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is the author, with Woodward, of All the President’s Men and The Final Days, and, with Marco Politi, of His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time; and the author of Loyalties:  A Son’s Memoir — about his family’s experience in the McCarthy Era.He has written for Vanity Fair (he is also a contributing editor there), Time,USA Today, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic, and was Washington bureau chief for ABC News. In the summer of 2011 he wrote two ground-breaking articles for Newsweek/The Daily Beast about Rupert Murdoch and the shaking his of media empire, noting “Too many of us have winked in amusement at the salaciousness without considering the larger corruption of journalism and politics promulgated by Murdoch Culture on both sides of the Atlantic.”  Bernstein also appears regularly on MSNBC’s  Morning Joebroadcast.

He is currently  developing a dramatic  TV  series with Turner Broadcasting   about the US Congress;   a separate film project with director Steven Soderbergh;  and is writing a memoir about his  youth—from age 16 to 21—  at an old-fashioned newspaper, The Washington Star.

 About Jeffrey Toobin:

Jeffrey Toobin is a renowned authority on the Supreme Court and the law.  His efforts to study and write on the Supreme Court give him an expertise few in the country can claim as seen in his books,The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and Too Close to Call, on the decision giving George W. Bush the presidency in 2000. In addition, he has written many profiles on Supreme Court justices.

Toobin is a bestselling author with The Nine, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson.

He has written Profiles of the Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, as well as articles on such subjects as the legal implications of the war on terror, Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Florida recount, Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Clinton, and the trials of Martha Stewart, Timothy McVeigh, and O. J. Simpson. In his 2003 article “Lunch at Martha’s,” Toobin obtained the first interview with Martha Stewart regarding her investigation for insider trading. Toobin joined CNN as legal analyst in 2002 after seven years with ABC News. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Eliàn Gonzàlez case. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 and writes about legal affairs.  Before joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

 About Susan Blumenthal:

Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where her work for over 20 years as a top Federal government leader focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the Nation and world. She is an internationally recognized medical expert and leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including women’s health, global health, disease, obesity, and violence prevention, and mental illness to increased scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation’s health care agenda. Dr. Blumenthal has also been involved in the national public health response to terrorism, emergency preparedness, biotechnology issues, and emerging disease threats including pandemic flu and AIDS. She has established many international health collaborations including a Middle East Health Initiative. She was a pioneer in applying information technology to improve health and was among the first in the government to use the Internet for health education, envisioning and establishing several award winning health websites. Dr. Blumenthal was recently decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service, its highest honor, “for distinguished and pioneering leadership, groundbreaking contributions and dedicated public service that has improved the health of women, our Nation, and the world.



For more information about Carl Bernstein please click here

For more information, including articles by Jeffrey Toobin, click here.

For more information about Susan Blumenthal, visit her website here.

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