The MPCA book club will begin reading Critical: What We Can Do About The Health Care Crisis by former Senator Tom Daschle on February 2nd.
We will be reading the book in sections; after each section is complete a MPCA staff member will begin an online discussion on our blog about the section we just finished. This online discussion will give all of us a chance to talk about the book, what we are learning and our feelings on this very important topic.
There is plenty of time to pick up the book and begin reading with the group on February 2nd! We also invite you to visit our blog on each of the dates you see in bold below to participate in the online discussion of the week.
Part 1: pages 1-42 Read: Feb. 2n to Feb. 9th
Part 2: pages 43-104 Read: Feb 10th to Feb 16th
Part 3: pages 105-138 Read: Feb 17th to Feb 22nd
Part 4: pages 139-180 Read: Feb 23rd to March 2nd
Part 5: pages 140-181 Read: March 3rd to March 9th
Synopsis of the Book:
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee necessary health care to all of its citizens, and as former senator Daschle observes, Skeptics say we can’t afford to cover everyone; the truth is that we can’t afford not to because U.S. economic competitiveness is being impeded by the large uninsured population and fast-rising health costs. Daschle’s book delineates the weaknesses of previous attempts at national health coverage, outlines the complex economic factors and medical issues affecting coverage and sets forth plans for change. Daschle proposes creating a Federal Health Board, similar to the Federal Reserve System, whose structure, functions and enforcement capability would be largely insulated from the politics and passion of the moment, in addition to a merging of employers’ plans, Medicaid and Medicare with an expanded FEHBP (Federal Employee Health Benefits Program) that would cover everyone. There is no more important issue facing our country, Daschle asserts, than reform of our health-care system, and the book’s health-care horror stories bring this immediacy home.