Healthcare in the United States is complicated. Okay, that’s an understatement. Anyone who can hear the words ‘premium’, ‘deductible’, and ‘co-pay’ without developing a twitch probably hasn’t navigated the process of obtaining coverage in the U.S.
Fortunately, author Timothy Faust is a more than capable guide for this topsy-turvy subject. Even setting aside his advocating for a single payer healthcare system, Faust has the remarkable ability to boil down difficult concepts into understandable terms. What’s more, he does it succinctly, relying on making his case as simple as possible. The result is one of the most accessible looks at American healthcare in recent years—perhaps ever.
That’s not to suggest that Faust skimps on the facts in favor of ease. Rather, he meticulously observes where the current system is, how it got that way, and what can be done to fix it. And there are plenty of issues—though Faust miraculously keeps this from skewing into a simple list of healthcare ills. From the tangled mass that is Medicare to the constraint of employer-sponsored plans to rampant overbilling, Faust tackles them all and somehow remains both wickedly funny and optimistic: there’s a solution in single payer.
And while there will be continued political battles over single payer, it’s hard to argue when Faust cedes control of the narrative from his own research and lets stories from everyday Americans take over. Again and again, individuals who have suffered due to arbitrary rules, under-insurance, or no insurance open up, sharing personal details from their healthcare nightmares. These stories and their repercussions are heartbreaking, but they’re the human face of an inhuman system.
Through meticulous research and a healthy dose of incisive hope, Faust makes his case.
Title: Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next
Author: Timothy Faust
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: August 06, 2019
Classification: Health, Nonfiction
Note: I received a free ARC of this book through Edelweiss.