Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide
El Sayed (Author) Micah Johnson (Author)
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DescriptionA citizen's guide to America's most debated policy-in-waiting There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as health care--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the health care system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory. And yet for every dollar spent in our economy, 19 cents go to health care. What are we paying for, exactly? Health care policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is quite simple: good health care that's easy to use and doesn't break the bank. Polls show that as many as 70 percent of Americans want the government to provide universal health coverage to all Americans. What's less clear is how to get there. Medicare for All is the leading proposal to achieve to universal health coverage in America. But what is it exactly? How would it work? More importantly, is it practical or practicable? This book goes beyond partisan talking points to offer a serious examination of how Medicare for All would transform the way we give, receive, and pay for healthcare in America.
Oxford University Press, USA
February 01, 2021
5.9 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Abdul El-Sayed, MD, is a former assistant professor of public health at Columbia University and a 2018 Democratic candidate for governor of Michigan. He is the host of the podcast "America Dissected" on Crooked Media. Micah Johnson is a current Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and a student of medicine at Harvard University.
"Nurses have long understood that the major obstacle to passing Medicare for All isn't the policy, but the will to take on those who benefit from our immoral, profit-driven health care system. In this book, Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson brilliantly demonstrate how Medicare for All works, and how a combination of messaging and grassroots advocacy can overcome our opposition. A must read."
-Bonnie Castillo, RN, Executive Director, National Nurses United
"In this timely book, El-Sayed and Mr. Johnson shine a light on the people left behind by our current health care system. Regardless of your politics, their thought-provoking writing will push you to think more deeply and critically about the future of health care in America."
-Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA 19th Surgeon General of the United States
"This book is a labor of love for the American people and the healthcare system they deserve. El-Sayed and Johnson demystify Medicare for All and defang the political talking points to offer a clear distillation of the potential of this policy, while guiding the reader through the challenges and opportunities of this moment for achieving it."
-Ro Khanna, Member of Congress
"An essential primer on why we need Medicare for all, the essentials of reform, and pitfalls to avoid in crafting legislation."
-Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York and Co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program
"The coronavirus pandemic has revealed just how unsustainable our fragmentary, privatized, and fundamentally individualistic health care system truly is. This engaging and accessible guide couldn't have come at a better time."
-Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program, American University Washington College of Law
"In this important and timely book, El Sayed and Johnson document everything you need to know about Medicare for All. This Citizen's Guide both demystifies and humanizes our broken health care system and explains why we must fight to transform it now."
-Ady Barkan, Organizer, Center for Popular Democracy and Co-Founder, Be A Hero PAC
"This is by far the finest extended analysis I have seen to date of the next wave of public policy options for health care reform. It is breathtakingly comprehensive, thoroughly supported with research citations, lucidly written, and logical. It amounts to a major contribution to the US healthcare reform debate."
-Donald M. Berwick, MD, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
"The growing debate over Medicare for All has mostly occurred at the level of soundbites and slogans, not specifics. In this essential 'Citizen's Guide, ' we get the specifics: the provisions, promise, potential pitfalls of-and, yes, political prospects for-this bold vision for affordable quality care for all. Whether you support Medicare for All or just want to truly understand it, you must read this book."
-Jacob S. Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University and author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream