A great resource for understanding the development, problems, and possible solutions to health care in the US.
Illness is always a risk, but for a growing number of Americans, poor health can also mean bankruptcy or being forced to choose between enormous healthcare costs and other needs. Unemployment, too, is always a risk, but for many Americans losing one's job can lead to a loss of health insurance or being denied coverage at a new job. Health at Risk clarifies this issue clear in five briskly written chapters. It demands attention from policymakers, social scientists, and everyone concerned with the public good.
(Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council)|
At a critical time in our national debate on health care reform, Jacob Hacker and his colleagues have given us an invaluable guide to the future. We can no longer accept a do-nothing approach, when millions of our fellow citizens lack health insurance coverage, millions more are increasingly at risk of losing their coverage, and even those with insurance are facing larger and larger out-of-pocket costs for health care. As these essays show, we can rise above our nation's legacy of failure on health reform and get the job done.
(Senator Edward M. Kennedy)|
At a time when health care reform sits atop the political agenda, this collection of essays ought to be required reading-both for policymakers and for anybody who hopes to influence them. These are some of the sharpest minds in the world of public policy, bringing unique expertise to bear on one of our nation's most pressing social problems. They offer fresh insights while marshaling overwhelming evidence, producing a stirring and compelling call for change.
(Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of the New Republic
and author of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis-and the People Who Pay the Price