Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide

A citizen’s guide to America’s most debated policy-in-waiting

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, 18 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 a majority of 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.

“Medicare for All in clear and simple terms.”
— Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT

“I am grateful to Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson for speaking truth to power in this fierce book.”
— Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, WA-07

“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, 19th Surgeon General of the US


ABDUL EL-SAYED, MD, DPHIL
Abdul is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He rebuilt Detroit’s Health Department after the City’s bankruptcy as the youngest big-city health commissioner in a major US city. He ran for Governor of Michigan in 2018 on a state-level single-payer platform in a bid endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders & Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

MICAH JOHNSON, MD
Dr. Micah Johnson is a physician, health care researcher, writer, and policy advisor. He has served as a health policy fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives and has advised presidential campaigns on health care reform.


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