Mon November 1, 2010
Journalist T.R. Reid and "The Healing of America"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Today on StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with veteran journalist and bestselling author T.R. Reid, whose latest book, just out in paperback, is "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care." The new soft-cover edition of this book also includes a plain-English explanation of the 2010 Health Care Reform Bill (which became law back in March). Reid has long been a correspondent for The Washington Post as well as a commentator for National Public Radio; his earlier books include "The United States of Europe" and "The Chip." In "The Healing of America," he both explains and explores why all the other industrialized democracies on the planet have been able to achieve something that the U.S. cannot: namely, to provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost. Demonstrating time and again that universal health coverage does not always mean the same thing as socialized medicine, Reid presents an accessible and useful primer on fully understanding the issue of health care in America today. In doing so, he looks to France, Britain, Germany, Japan, Canada, and elsewhere to offer, as Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times has noted, an "important and powerful" book that provides "a rich tour of health care around the world."