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A citizen's guide to America's most debated policy-in-waiting There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory. And yet for every dollar spent in o A citizen's guide to America's most debated policy-in-waiting There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare 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, 18 cents go to healthcare. What are we paying for, exactly? Healthcare policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is simple: good healthcare that's easy to use and doesn't break the bank. Polls show that a majority 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 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.


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A citizen's guide to America's most debated policy-in-waiting There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory. And yet for every dollar spent in o A citizen's guide to America's most debated policy-in-waiting There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare 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, 18 cents go to healthcare. What are we paying for, exactly? Healthcare policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is simple: good healthcare that's easy to use and doesn't break the bank. Polls show that a majority 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 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.

30 review for Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tooka Zokaie

    I have gone through two graduate public health programs and have worked for both a large insurance provider group and an association that represents dental providers. NEVER have I seen a text that so masterfully explains the public health crisis of underinsurance and the opportunity to reform our healthcare policies to improve the lives of populations in the United States. Separated into three sections, Dr. El Seyed and Dr. Johnson explain the the key elements of health systems in the U.S. and w I have gone through two graduate public health programs and have worked for both a large insurance provider group and an association that represents dental providers. NEVER have I seen a text that so masterfully explains the public health crisis of underinsurance and the opportunity to reform our healthcare policies to improve the lives of populations in the United States. Separated into three sections, Dr. El Seyed and Dr. Johnson explain the the key elements of health systems in the U.S. and why are are not working for all Americans and the history of healthcare legislation, the fundamental concepts of Medicare for All policies, and finally the politics that are at play with moving forward healthcare reform. I recommend this citizen's guide to everyone interested in learning more about our healthcare systems - but especially those that work in the healthcare sector.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Incredibly clear and thoughtful discussion of a complex topic! Great mix of personal stories, history, and policy. Highly recommend to anyone interested in learning about America’s healthcare system and the potential for Medicare for All to make “health as a human right” a reality.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Stachowitz

    Short and to the point, this citizen's guide to Medicare for All is the perfect book to buy and read, then lend or give away to others. While I have spent a considerable amount of time reading articles and one other book about this topic previously, the authors manage to cram in enough different angles of the policy and enough facts and sources to make it well worth the read. Regardless of how much new information one learns here, the value in this exploration really lies in its simple yet power Short and to the point, this citizen's guide to Medicare for All is the perfect book to buy and read, then lend or give away to others. While I have spent a considerable amount of time reading articles and one other book about this topic previously, the authors manage to cram in enough different angles of the policy and enough facts and sources to make it well worth the read. Regardless of how much new information one learns here, the value in this exploration really lies in its simple yet powerful rhetoric, its basic dissection of our broken system that works for so few, and its ubiquitous underlying humanity. This is a fight worth fighting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sidney Stern

    This book is a necessary read for any activist who is trying to push M4A. The information I got from this book has helped me so much in classes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zack

    This book was extremely good. I was looking forward to it for a long time. A book on "Medicare-For-All" is a godsend. Millions of Americans don't have health insurance, or lack good insurance, including myself. I read this book and added it to my bookclub to raise awareness on the topic, and hope more people read it. I am eager to see even more members of Congress who are on board with Medicare For All. Let's make this a reality! This book is a must-read! I am tired of Americans running a go-fun This book was extremely good. I was looking forward to it for a long time. A book on "Medicare-For-All" is a godsend. Millions of Americans don't have health insurance, or lack good insurance, including myself. I read this book and added it to my bookclub to raise awareness on the topic, and hope more people read it. I am eager to see even more members of Congress who are on board with Medicare For All. Let's make this a reality! This book is a must-read! I am tired of Americans running a go-fund-me page just to pay for medical bills. This is freaking ridiculous. We need Medicare-For-All ASAP!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Steele

    It perfectly succeeds at it's purpose. The two authors (both doctors) set out to explain Medicare for All, How it would work, Why it is better, How to pay for it, and What trade offs would it entail. They also show how our current system is so very broken, and how it got here. It shows that the current pandemic shows with terrifying clarity why the current system is so awful. I think they do it perfectly. It goes into just enough detail on each point. They also go into both what other plans would It perfectly succeeds at it's purpose. The two authors (both doctors) set out to explain Medicare for All, How it would work, Why it is better, How to pay for it, and What trade offs would it entail. They also show how our current system is so very broken, and how it got here. It shows that the current pandemic shows with terrifying clarity why the current system is so awful. I think they do it perfectly. It goes into just enough detail on each point. They also go into both what other plans would like like and their trade offs and what the politics would be to get something like this passed. Going over each shareholder and what their incentives are. Only issue I would have liked to have further discussion on was pricing. The authors mention that many countries spend less and have less medical costs. They then go on to say that Medicare for All would give us much better health outcomes and switch a lot of the burden of payment to larger groups. But it confused me on why Medicare for All wouldn't bring the cost down as a whole. This is nothing against the authors or the subjects but unfortunately I used to think that Medicare for All (or any single payer) was the number one issue facing the nation. I was wrong... It ties for number two with a number of issues but pales in comparison to the number one issue... voting rights. Without this we cannot have a chance at passing anything worth while... or having a democracy at all. The reader was frustratingly slow, when sped up it made him seem electronic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wone

    *Oxford Press sent this to me for free through a Goodreads promotion, but all thoughts are my own* My initial thoughts: I hate America. But also, this was a very concise break-down of the Medicare for All plan. I'm a 22-year-old American; I knew basically nothing about health insurance before I read this book. I was attracted to it for that reason. And because I have gone to the pharmacy and been told that I no longer have insurance with no warning, and also no inhaler which I need, for breathing *Oxford Press sent this to me for free through a Goodreads promotion, but all thoughts are my own* My initial thoughts: I hate America. But also, this was a very concise break-down of the Medicare for All plan. I'm a 22-year-old American; I knew basically nothing about health insurance before I read this book. I was attracted to it for that reason. And because I have gone to the pharmacy and been told that I no longer have insurance with no warning, and also no inhaler which I need, for breathing purposes. Additionally, I have been on Medicaid my whole life and I never understood the dynamics at play due to that fact. Like the fact that doctors are far more likely to deny you service if you use Medicaid! That would have been good to know earlier. So many people I know have stories like this, and far worse, and a laymen's guide such as this one could be a huge help in clearing up all the political confusion surrounding healthcare in the United States. I feel fully equipped with the knowledge to fully support Medicare for All after reading this book. And even if you are a strong opponent, it can never hurt to understand the arguments used by those who's views diametrically oppose your own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    This is one of the most important books you will read this year. The authors explain how the American healthcare system works (and doesn't work) in a very straightforward, comprehensible way. From the history to the economics to the politics, they explain it all without any blatant bias or pretense. When discussing the various potential fixes to healthcare, they offer fair and comprehensive analysis. The arguments in favor of "Medicare for All" are thorough and convincing. And for a topic as pol This is one of the most important books you will read this year. The authors explain how the American healthcare system works (and doesn't work) in a very straightforward, comprehensible way. From the history to the economics to the politics, they explain it all without any blatant bias or pretense. When discussing the various potential fixes to healthcare, they offer fair and comprehensive analysis. The arguments in favor of "Medicare for All" are thorough and convincing. And for a topic as politically-charged as this, the authors do a great job of keeping the discussion focused and rational.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Isaacson

    The authors of this book aptly state that "We wrote this book because much of the public conversation has been marked by a general lack of engagement with what [Medicare-for-All] really means, how it works, and what the challenges ahead actually are." This perfectly sums up the importance and value of this book. This is an excellent beginner's guide to what Medicare-for-All (M4A) actually is, how it could shift depending on different conceptions of the bill + funding, and the real challenges fac The authors of this book aptly state that "We wrote this book because much of the public conversation has been marked by a general lack of engagement with what [Medicare-for-All] really means, how it works, and what the challenges ahead actually are." This perfectly sums up the importance and value of this book. This is an excellent beginner's guide to what Medicare-for-All (M4A) actually is, how it could shift depending on different conceptions of the bill + funding, and the real challenges faced on a policy and politics level.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nico Tavella

    Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson do a great job of simultaneously unpacking and advocating for Medicare for All in its current legislative existence. This book first recounts America's fraught history with healthcare reform, before diving into the policy itself of providing healthcare as a right to all Americans. Informative, inspiring, and inviting. Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson do a great job of simultaneously unpacking and advocating for Medicare for All in its current legislative existence. This book first recounts America's fraught history with healthcare reform, before diving into the policy itself of providing healthcare as a right to all Americans. Informative, inspiring, and inviting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allison Berkowitz

    Health care for all people is very near and dear to my heart, so I really appreciated this book. I'm not great at remembering details, so the numbers of projections and years in history probably won't stay with me, but I enjoyed getting to read any this issue's history and future in such depth. Health care for all people is very near and dear to my heart, so I really appreciated this book. I'm not great at remembering details, so the numbers of projections and years in history probably won't stay with me, but I enjoyed getting to read any this issue's history and future in such depth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin Hoehing

    A nationwide health insurance program is more complicated and nuanced than the politicians want you to think. This book helps lay out the key actors and problems within our system.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    A great explanation of the policy. I’m convinced.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam Karapandzich

    Straight to the point and full of everything you need to know about Medicare for All, including the history of past attempts to reform healthcare.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steve Nolan

    Fine! Breezy, packs a good number of stats into a tiny package. The more it was about the political organizing stuff the more I sorta glassed over, but still useful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zach Brooks

    So informative and clearly written. A must read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nita

    5 stars Most policy focused books are a struggle to get through but Dr. El-Sayed and Dr. Johnson do a wonderful job laying out the policy in a clear, concise manner while also making the stakes personal. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about healthcare in America: the stakes, the arguments for and against Medicare for All, and why the fight to reform our healthcare system is so vital.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steven L

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah Stagnone

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ciarrah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hunt

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian Schandevel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Swabe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corbin Johnson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Val

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace Rempp

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allie Douglass

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

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