Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"When I was traveling the world on my quest, I asked the health ministry of each country how many citizens had declared bankruptcy in the past year because of medical bills. Generally, the officials responded to this question with a look of astonishment, as if I had asked them how many flying saucers from Mars landed in the ministry's parking lot last week."
p. 31, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid
I heard Reid talking about this book on Fresh Air last August and decided that I had to read it. Not right away, obviously. Anyway... this is not an unbiased look at the American health care system. From the very first page—hell, the first sentence—Reid posits that the system is literally fatally flawed, in that tens of thousands of people in this country die every single year because they can't afford health care. Reid argues that universal health care is a "fundamental moral decision," and if you don't agree with that—and that a system that bankrupts around 700,000 people annually and kills another 20,000 or so is at best amoral at its core—then this probably is not the book for you. But assuming you're not a Republican congressman or a Fox News commentator, you should give it try.