The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich

  • 2h 11m
  • Thom Hartmann
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2021

Popular progressive radio host and New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann reveals how and why attempts to implement affordable universal healthcare in the United States have been thwarted and what we can do to finally make it a reality.

"For-profit health insurance is the largest con job ever perpetrated on the American people—one that has cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives since the 1940s,” says Thom Hartmann.

Other countries have shown us that affordable universal healthcare is not only possible but also effective and efficient. Taiwan’s single-payer system saved the country a fortune as well as saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling the country to implement a nationwide coronavirus test-and-contact-trace program without shutting down the economy. This resulted in just ten deaths, while more than 500,000 people have died in the United States.

Hartmann offers a deep dive into the shameful history of American healthcare, showing how greed, racism, and oligarchic corruption led to the current “sickness for profit” system. Modern attempts to create versions of government healthcare have been hobbled at every turn, including Obamacare.

There is a simple solution: Medicare for all. Hartmann outlines the extraordinary benefits this system would provide the American people and economy and the steps we need to take to make it a reality. It’s time for America to join every industrialized country in the world and make health a right, not a privilege

In this Book

  • Introduction—How a Single-Payer Healthcare System Helped Stop COVID-19
  • How Bad Things are in America
  • The Origins of America’s Sickness-for-Profit System
  • The Modern Fight for a Human Right to Healthcare
  • Saving Lives with a Real Healthcare System
  • Notes