Disscussing a book you havn't read ? Why read the book, save some money. If you don't live under a rock you know that every day Obama does something amateuristic. One of my favorites is his visit to the Queen of England and he makes a toast to her. (see Youtube)
Speak German? FYI: the German's have many beautiful sayings and one is:
"Wer einmal luegt, dem glaubt man nicht, und auch wenn er die Wahrheit spricht!"
(BTW, regardless of what the right-wing Troglodytes say - and you know who you are!!!! - WE could learn a LOT from the Germans, because not only are they generally SMARTER than we are, but they are generally WAY more CIVILIZED!!!!!! [FYI: in Germany, virtually no one dies for lack of health insurance; virtually no one goes to bed hungry; virtually everyone has plenty of vacation time, & plenty of income (CEO pay there is not OUTRAGEOUS as it is here!!!!! I.e., there is actual SHARING, as Christ advocated!!!! Think about that, Christians!!!); & any homelessness is the result of self-stupidity, i.e., e.g., alcoholism, etc....]
The above German saying, loosely translated, means: "He who (or "Whoever") LIES (or "tells a lie") ONCE (or "one time"), will thereafter NOT be believed, and EVEN when (or "though") he speaks the TRUTH!" Since almost all translating is paraphrasing (which I learned from the brilliant translator of "Le Petit Prince" - from French to English, that is - several years back), somone else can surely translate the above German saying better than I !
In case my point doesn't come across, I simply mean that, no doubt, like the commentator who didn't read the whole book, that when I come across something in a book (or, e.g., on Fox News!), that I recognize to be a bold-faced lie, well, for me, it's all over! Even if, a la the German saying, the book is nothing but truth thereafter (which it never will be, because, as on Fox News, the lies feed on each other, so that the involved purveyors may no longer know what's true & what is not!; & I, for one, want no part of such nonsense!!!!
Take your closed mind to Germany, where they are more "civilized". Then you can ponder the fact that Medicaid pays medical costs for poor people here. Ponder the fact that the 49% of the people here who pay federal income tax make sure that there are food stamps and welfare. Also consider that conservatives give more to charity. Finally, visit some death camp shrines while you are there in Germany, and tell me how much more civilized they were last century.
I lived in Germany 9 years, my landlord was head of one of their socialized healthcare "utopias" (in your view), I had a 1 hour re-test of of a simple apparent discrepancy on a previous blood test I had originally waited to take until I was in the USA for a meeting.
And during that time I noticed that the furniture in Utopia looked like it was constructed c. WWI although the rooms were spotlessly clean. One of the tests personally administered by my landlord (MRI maybe) was a hand held job with a tiny TV type screen, which he apologized for, saying "The best medical equipment in the world, and the best value economically, is manufactured in the USA but the [German] government won't allow us to buy it." He was from the Czech Republic BTW, and he later volunteered: "Most German people who have the money don't use our socialized medical facilities, they pay for their treatment from private doctors." By "private doctors," I don't know where he meant, possibly out of country.
I was a DOD (Department of Defense) civilian and authorized to use military medical facilities. And I can attest for sure that most Americans avoided German socialized medicine like the plague, socialized German doctors had a bad reputation. Even the military doctors, perhaps 20 years behind our standards (my personnel manager's wife was an RN at Landstuhl Army Hospital) and she told me that, but they were better than German socialized facilities IMHO.
This experience confirmed what I already suspected: a) socialized medicine ain't what it's cracked up to be, b) it's second rate medicine by our standards and c) the average disprivileged citizen in the USA (even illegal aliens) probably gets better treatment at one of our emergency facilities.
So I wouldn't be too handy with the assumptions and kudos if I were you. And you post suggests you don't know the German people like I do.
Oh and BTW, when my bill came it was $2,700. I'm was shocked that Aetna paid it.
I too lived in Germany for 6 years and I can also attest that the wealthier Germans do carry their own private health insurance so they don't have to be treated in a government run system. The average German can expect to be treated in public hospitals where I have seen 6 to 8 beds in a room. The Germans with the private health insurance go to smaller private clinics run by doctors. I lived too far from military hospitals and had the option to be treated in one of these smaller clinics. Other than the pain I was treated like I was in a 5 star hotel. I was lucky! Most of my German friends were envious because their government didn't feel they deemed such treatment. They also had to wait a long time to get into see a specialist. The brother of one of my friends died from a simple gall bladdar surgery at the age of 38. I just don't remember ever hearing of an American in recent times dying from such an operation. YOU DON"T WANT OBAMACARE, trust me.
Why do you try and divert the subject? It's none of your business where I read the book, I read it and that's all you need to know, other than I usually buy books from Amazon and I usually read the Amazon reviews of books I've read.
Benjamin Disraeli once commented on those such as you: "There are liars, damned liars and statistics."