In this addition to the growing list of exposés of the toll our patchwork, profit-based health-care system takes on Americans, Cohn makes a plea for a universal coverage with a single-payer system regulated by the government. Drawing on research and riveting anecdotes, Cohn, a senior editor at the New Republic, describes how private insurers decide who and what they will—and will not—cover. He also examines how rising health-care costs lead corporations to seek ways to deny coverage to employees, such as hiring full-time workers as temps or independent contractors without health insurance. In tale after tale, Cohn documents the sometimes catastrophic results. they couldn't. Cohn points out that managed care initially had an altruistic goal of making health-care affordable for all. But by 1997, two-thirds of HMOs were controlled by for-profit companies concerned with making money rather than preventing and easing sickness. The author convincingly argues that Medicare and universal health care in such countries as France, though not perfect, are far superior to the system most Americans face. Much of this is well-trod territory, but Cohn is eloquent, and he's good at using case studies to dramatize and explain complex issues. (Apr. 10)
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Overcrowded emergency rooms force ambulances to drive patients to more distant hospitals; the uninsured crowd emergency rooms for nonemergency health care, adding to the problem as hospitals and patients struggle to balance supply and demand, and profitability. New Republic reporter Cohn offers personal stories of families--and the nation--suffering health-care crises. A man who has lost his health insurance watches his wife die of cancer that might have been detected earlier if he'd had better coverage, a Texas woman fights with her insurer to get her disabled baby therapy that could help him learn to walk. Cohn presents case after case of Americans bereft of adequate health care coverage after losing their jobs, or seeing their employers cut back on coverage, or insurers fight to provide the minimum of coverage. Cohn uses each case study to provide a historical and modern perspective on insurance and health care delivery, and the factors that have led to the current crisis. Vanessa Bush
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Used the text was easier to take to class and didn't have to worry about carrying an extra book in bagPublished 1 month ago by Brichelle Love
My friend Jonathan Cohn has found a fantastic way to explain to somebody like me what’s wrong with Medicine in the US. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Athan
Had to read for a class, even though the book is a little older it has a lot of interesting insight, very good and easy read!Published 4 months ago by Samantha
Readers should have a box of tissues handy when you encounter the hardships and heart breaks our broken medical care system has caused. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Howard Herring
Book is okay! Very, very one sided. You have to read the book with an open mind. I have issues with people who blame the Government for everything. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. A. Sherdel