Sick by Jonathan Cohn
The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price

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America's health care system is unraveling, with millions of hard-working people unable to pay for prescription drugs and regular checkups, let alone hospital visits. Jonathan Cohn traveled across the United States—the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens access to medical care—to investigate why this crisis is happening and to see firsthand its impact on ordinary Americans. Passionate, powerful, illuminating, and often devastating, Sick chronicles the decline of America's health care system, and lays bare the consequences any one of us could suffer if we don't replace it.

 

About Jonathan Cohn

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Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at "The New Republic", Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at "The New Republic", Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at "The New Republic", Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at "The New Republic", where he has written about national politics and its impact where he has written about national politics and its impact where he has written about national politics and its impact where he has written about national politics and its impact on American communities for the past decade. He is also a coon American communities for the past decade. He is also a coon American communities for the past decade. He is also a coon American communities for the past decade. He is also a contributing editor at "The American Prospect" and a senior fentributing editor at "The American Prospect" and a senior fentributing editor at "The American Prospect" and a senior fentributing editor at "The American Prospect" and a senior fellow at the think tank Demos. Cohn, who has been a media felllow at the think tank Demos. Cohn, who has been a media felllow at the think tank Demos. Cohn, who has been a media felllow at the think tank Demos. Cohn, who has been a media fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has written for "The low with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has written for "The low with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has written for "The low with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has written for "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", "Mother Jones", "RolNew York Times", "The Washington Post", "Mother Jones", "RolNew York Times", "The Washington Post", "Mother Jones", "RolNew York Times", "The Washington Post", "Mother Jones", "Rolling Stone", "Slate", and "The Washington Monthly". A gradualing Stone", "Slate", and "The Washington Monthly". A gradualing Stone", "Slate", and "The Washington Monthly". A gradualing Stone", "Slate", and "The Washington Monthly". A graduate of Harvard, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wifte of Harvard, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wifte of Harvard, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wifte of Harvard, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two children. e and two children. e and two children. e and two children.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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In Sioux Falls, S.D., Lester Sampson cannot get needed medications for his wife because he lost his health insurance when the meatpacking company at which he’d worked for more than 30 years canceled employees’ retirement health benefits.

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Critics of universal coverage, Cohn writes, often traffic in alarmist tales “about rationing and waiting lines, followed by a horror story from Britain or Canada.” Those complaints are “wildly exaggerated” and also unfair, he says, because the problem is not the result of universal health care bu...

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Slate

(Say it with me: Not my problem!) Click here for Lewin's budgetary evaluation of the Senate finance bill (summary findings here), and here for a similar evaluation of the House bill as passed by the Energy and Commerce committee prior to its being blended with two other versions of the bill (sum...

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Though far from perfect, Cohn argues, such a system would be “fairer, more equitable, and simply less painful” than what American health care has become, especially for the poor and the chronically ill.

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When I first picked up Jonathan Cohn's Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price (catch the author in your neck of the woods), I wasn't sure what it was, other than a book about health care.

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