Summary Of And The People Who Pay The Price By Jonathan Cohn

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With America’s unstable health care system, there can be terrible repercussions from citizens being unable to obtain proper treatment. Sick: the Untold
Story of America 's Healthcare Crisis-And the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan
Cohn investigates the history and impact America’s healthcare has had on various people around the United States. There are ten stories that showcase how the lack of a decent support system in health insurance can have big consequences on a person’s life. I think the book is good for any student or scholar who wants a look into the pro-universal healthcare point of view, but not for an objective idea of health care reform. Jonathan Cohn is a senior national correspondent at The Huffington
Post. His articles focus
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Along with a detailed history of insurance and political background on how has the health care system changed over the course of a few years, the book presents case studies that shows the financial strain and medical hardships caused by the declining health care system and why it is in a desperate need to reform. Some Americans cannot afford the medicine they need or cannot afford to pay the doctors for any medical help. “Hospitals try to keep out the uninsured because treating those patients will just divert hospital resources away from paying customers” (219).
Some companies cannot provide insurance as an incentive with employment like previously either.
Companies are increasingly reluctant to pay for their employees’ insurance because it’s no longer a cost-effective way to keep a stable workforce.
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Insurers are wary of covering individuals with serious medical problems--and
HMOs apply extra scrutiny to their treatments--because those people run
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There was a point in time when my family didn’t have insurance and worried about medical bills and hospital costs. I can sympathize with the desire to give everyone a fair chance for medical coverage. My own mom would not have been able to get the help she needed after she found out she had breast cancer without insurance paying for most of the treatment. Other surgeries she needed were also paid for by insurance and I still rely on Medicaid to pay for my medical costs. The book is well organized, and Cohn explains his viewpoint very clearly. The conclusion the book reaches to be a bit contrived given that all the stories lead up to similar endings and only shows one version of an idea. The evidence syncs up with the conclusion, but the author also generalize beyond the evidence at times.
The flawed health care system needs to be addressed properly for any progress to be made. The hardworking populace should not struggle to find the care they need in times of a medical emergency or basic care. I do not recommend this book, however, due to its one-sided nature and monotonous story telling. It makes a compelling advocate for universal care, but does not allow input from an opposing

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