A Virtual Conversation with Abdul El-Sayed & Micah Johnson
Thursday, March 4, 2021,
7:00 PM ET on ZOOM
ABOUT THE EVENT
"In this book, Drs. Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson discuss Medicare for All in clear and simple terms. They describe the reasons why the industry has opposed the policy even though it would help millions of Americans, and how everyday Americans are beginning to make Medicare for All possible." -- Bernie Sanders, US Senator, VT
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, 19 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 as many as two in three 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.
The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will host authors Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson to discuss their latest book, Medicare For All: A Citizen's Guide, and help answer some of these questions. The conversation should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience. This event will be hosted virtually via ZOOM. Advance registration is required.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil is a physician, epidemiologist, and healthcare reform activist, and former Health Director for the City of Detroit. He ran for Governor of Michigan in 2018 on a single-payer platform and advised on the 2020 Democratic platform as a Healthcare Unity Task Force appointee. He is the host of the podcast "America Dissected" on Crooked Media.
Micah Johnson, MD is a physician who has advised on healthcare policy as a congressional and White House aide. He is a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the Brigham & Women's Hospital.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE
"If the American healthcare system were a patient, it would be in critical condition. Fortunately for us, Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson don their white coats to discuss the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic options in plain English. This incisive handbook is a must-read for anyone trying to make sense of one of the most pressing issues of our time." --Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error
"Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson have written a lucid and accessible account of why Medicare for All is the best path for universal healthcare access in the US. Stripping the arguments 'for' or 'against' of sham ideological content, they make clear that the main question is whether we believe that no one should have to face both illness and financial ruin. If you agree, read this book to make the case!" -- Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, Director of the FXB Center at Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Former Health Commissioner, New York City
"During a period when global pandemic has exposed the deadly mistake of linking healthcare to our workplace, Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide is the sweeping, clear-eyed manual for making healthcare a right that we've been waiting for." -- Benjamin Day, Executive Director, Healthcare-NOW
"Nurses have long understood that the major obstacle to passing Medicare for All isn't the policy, but the will to take on those who benefit from our immoral, profit-driven health care system. In this book, Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson brilliantly demonstrate how Medicare for All works, and how a combination of messaging and grassroots advocacy can overcome our opposition. A must read."
-- Bonnie Castillo, RN, Executive Director, National Nurses United
"In this timely book, Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson shine a light on the people left behind by our current health care system. Regardless of your politics, their thought-provoking writing will push you to think more deeply and critically about the future of health care in America."
-- Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA 19th Surgeon General of the United States
"This book is a labor of love for the American people and the healthcare system they deserve. Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson demystify Medicare for All and defang the political talking points to offer a clear distillation of the potential of this policy, while guiding the reader through the challenges and opportunities of this moment for achieving it."
-- Ro Khanna, US Representative, CA-17
"An essential primer on why we need Medicare for All, the essentials of reform, and pitfalls to avoid in crafting legislation."
-- Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York and Co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program
"The coronavirus pandemic has revealed just how unsustainable our fragmentary, privatized, and fundamentally individualistic health care system truly is. This engaging and accessible guide couldn't have come at a better time."
-- Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program, American University Washington College of La
"In this important and timely book, El-Sayed and Johnson document everything you need to know about Medicare for All. This Citizen's Guide both demystifies and humanizes our broken health care system and explains why we must fight to transform it now."
-- Ady Barkan, Organizer, Center for Popular Democracy and Co-Founder, Be A Hero PAC
"This is by far the finest extended analysis I have seen to date of the next wave of public policy options for health care reform. It is breathtakingly comprehensive, thoroughly supported with research citations, lucidly written, and logical. It amounts to a major contribution to the US healthcare reform debate."
-- Donald M. Berwick, MD, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
"The growing debate over Medicare for All has mostly occurred at the level of soundbites and slogans, not specifics. In this essential 'Citizen's Guide,' we get the specifics: the provisions, promise, potential pitfalls of-and, yes, political prospects for-this bold vision for affordable quality care for all. Whether you support Medicare for All or just want to truly understand it, you must read this book."
-- Jacob S. Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University and author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream
"The writing is passionately strong and candid, featuring a sense of balance and connect-the-dots scrutiny that conveys a well-rounded appreciation of the subject matter." --Kirkus Reviews