The New Lawsuit That Could Gut Obamacare

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Dec. 6 2013 1:22 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether the botched rollout of Obamacare will destroy progressivism, why Congress won't raise the minimum wage, and how other cities can avert a Detroit-style bankruptcy.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

  • The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the race to fix healthcare.gov.
  • Matt Yglesias says healthcare.gov has already failed its most important mission.
  • John Cassidy breaks down the case for a minimum-wage increase in The New Yorker.
  • The economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the real reasons for Detroit's bankruptcy.

Emily chatters about how to win at Connect Four.

John chatters about Wilson, A. Scott Berg's biography of Woodrow Wilson.

David chatters about the Israeli movie Fill the Void.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.