T.R. Reid talks about The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.
NY Times-bestselling author Reid shows how other industrialized democracies have done something the U.S. can't seem to do: provide healthcare for everybody at a reasonable cost.
Sir Richard Feachem
Richard G A Feachem is Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences.
He is also a Visiting Professor at London University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.
T.R. Reid is a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, a commentator for National Public Radio and the author of nine books, including three in Japanese. His 10th book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, was published by Penguin Press in the summer of 2009.
"There's a conflict between paying for people's healthcare, and paying a dividend to inventors," says journalist T.R. Reid. He argues reform is a moral obligation and points to Switzerland's success in ditching its "American-style, for-profit" insurance system as a beacon of hope for healthcare reform in the United States.
Reporter and author T.R. Reid explains that a public option is not necessary if the government is properly regulating the insurance industry. "No other country that has health insurance has a public option," he says. "They don't need it, because they get to the same place by regulation."
Reporter and author T.R. Reid examines the success of Canada's universal health insurance system, which won over Canadians one province at a time. "I'll bet you next January, there will be bills in 25 state legislators looking for a way to do this," he says of healthcare reform in the United States.