SOCIAL SCIENCES

Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide

Oxford Univ. Feb. 2021. 344p. ISBN 9780190056629. $19.95. pol sci
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Physician and activist El-Sayed, author of Healing Politics and host of the podcast America Dissected, collaborates with physician and policy adviser Johnson to create a robust guide for those wanting to explore and investigate both the ongoing conversations around Medicare for All (M4A) and how health care is intertwined with politics. This book, which features a straightforward Q&A format, covers the proposed program as well as the arguments for and against without oversimplifying the magnitude of the discussion. The narrative is balanced and nuanced, despite the political rhetoric surrounding Medicare for All. Whether personally for or against it, readers will find that El-Sayed and Johnson have created a well-reasoned primer for those unfamiliar with the details of the proposal by showing how it is different from Medicaid, and how it would affect not only patients, but doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. The book includes impassioned forewords by Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.
VERDICT This practical account offers a straightforward rundown of suggestions and solutions for anyone wishing to learn more about public policy in the Unites States and why Medicare for All is such an important topic. It will especially pique the interest of anyone drawn to policy reform.

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