Published on July 1, 2007
Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health-Care Crisis and the People Who Pay the Price
by Jonathan Cohn, HarperCollins, 292 pp. $25.95.
From the plight of the uninsured to the sorry future of Medicare, the failings of American health care make constant headlines, and have become a theme on the presidential campaign trail. Publishers, too, have not failed to spot the trend, and at least a half-dozen books on the subject have hit the shelves in just the past year.
It thus seems odd for Jonathan Cohn to have chosen, as the subtitle of his new book, The Untold Story of America’s Health-Care Crisis and the People Who Pay the Price. That story is far from untold. But Cohn’s contribution does stand out. A young editor at the New Republic and a regular contributor to many publications of the Left, he offers a uniquely thorough diagnosis of the problems we face, even if his prescription seems very unlikely to heal the patient.