by Jonathan Cohn
published by HarperCollins
© 2007 by Jonathan Cohn
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Overcrowded emergency rooms force ambulances to drive patients to more
distant hospitals; the uninsured crowd emergency rooms for nonemergency
health care, adding to the problem as hospitals and patients struggle
to balance supply and demand, and profitability. New Republic reporter
Cohn offers personal stories of families--and the nation--suffering
health-care crises. A man who has lost his health insurance watches
his wife die of cancer that might have been detected earlier if he'd
had better coverage, a Texas woman fights with her insurer to get her
disabled baby therapy that could help him learn to walk. Cohn presents
case after case of Americans bereft of adequate health care coverage
after losing their jobs, or seeing their employers cut back on coverage,
or insurers fight to provide the minimum of coverage. Cohn uses each
case study to provide a historical and modern perspective on insurance
and health care delivery, and the factors that have led to the current
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