- By Susan Sered

Uninsured in America:Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity

  • Title: Uninsured in America:Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity
  • Author: Susan Sered
  • ISBN: 9780520244429
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Uninsured in America Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system and what it m

    Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men and women and dozens of medReaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men and women and dozens of medical providers, policymakers, and advocates from around the nation, this book takes a fresh look at one of the most important social issues facing the United States today The vivid and moving stories of those interviewed illustrate the complicated dilemmas including full time family caregiving, sudden illness, self employment, layoffs, and on the job injuries faced by those trying to balance medical problems with housing costs and other daily necessities This engrossing, accessible, and timely book concludes that our current health care system is leading to fundamental structural changes in American society.

    1 thought on “Uninsured in America:Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity

    1. This is about as depressing as a book can be, but it will be eye-opening only to those who know little about America's healthcare system or our hole-filled safety net - perhaps someone like a Rudy Giuliani. It's not particularly well written. The cliches fly fast and furious until Chapter 11, when it abruptly feels like someone who actually writes about policy for a living has taken over. (The two authors' division of labor explains it.)

    2. Excellent, excellent, excellent book. It is required so I have to read it, but it is a page turner so far. I am about half way through. The premise of the book is what is so excellent. Honestly for me it is inspiring me more than any other book, or any other suggestions from the church to be organized and prepared for the future. It chronicles middle class families from 7-10 different stated (Texas, Idaho, Mississippi, Illinois, Washington etc.) that have gone through job loss, healthcare emerge [...]

    3. Honestly? This book made me feel sick to my stomach. I probably would have cried had I not been at work (a job which, by the way, does not offer health insurance; and before anyone gets snarky about me reading at the office, I was on break, so there). It's sobering and scary. What horribly fucked up priorities and perceptions we have in this country.The updated version was published in 2006, before 'Obamacare' was even a possibility. I would be curious to read what the authors have to say about [...]

    4. As many people know, health care in the US and the fact that millions of Americans can't afford decent medical care is a big issue going into the election this fall. This book is a truly excellent look at exactly what it means to be uninsured in the land of the free. Who is uninsured? The urban, the rural, the small business owners, those caught sick between jobs, those in college. This book is filled with real life examples and shows how one small accident can ruin your life in the US where the [...]

    5. Who has no insurance? The urban, the rural, the small business owners, those caught sick between jobs, those in college (where we all spend more and more time, as we build our "knowledge economy." What happens? A downward spiral of worsening health leading to disability to work due to illness coupled with growing medical bills, followed by bodily markings (yellow skin, bad teeth) that interfere with the ability to get a job, followed by death. Uninsured in America? Get sick, get worse, and die. [...]

    6. Depressing, frustrating, real. Not a ton of surprises here, but good, solid facts to back up your otherwise unfocused rant about health care and general administrative responsibility in this country. Now you can be specific.

    7. Theme: Employer-based health insurance is one big conflict of interest. A stunning, contmeporary, ethnographic piece on how Americans are struggling to receive health services with or without insurance.

    8. Everyone should read this book regardless of political leanings. Perhaps then we could work toward bringing our nation's healthcare costs down and health indicators up to levels in line with the rest of the developed world.

    9. I read this book for a class last spring ("US Health Disparities"), and I found it extremely informative and particularly pertinent in the midst of our country's healthcare crisis.

    10. Good book to understand how the lack of insurance impacts families from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

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