Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next (Paperback)

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Health activist Faust has spent years been driving around the country, listening to Americans’ stories of how our country’s healthcare system has failed them with dire consequences. If all he wanted to do was compile a book of horror stories as the ethical impetus for changing a broken system, it would have been easy. But he’s done a lot more than that. Thoroughly researched, logically presented, and comprehensive, Faust takes stock of healthcare as it, details how it could better serve all of us (patients, doctors, and everyone in between), and lays out a step-by-step transition to a single payer system and further health justice. Here’s the book for anyone curious about this (not so) radical idea they’ve been hearing on the news, anyone who wonders why we haven’t imported the Canadian (or British, French, Taiwanese, Australian, Spanish, Dutch, North Korean, you get the idea) model, and even for those who’ve been saying, “that’ll never work here.” Really, for anybody with a dog in this fight (helpful tip: that’s everybody), Health Justice Now is THE healthcare handbook you’ve been waiting for.

— Chris Lee

Faust is on a mission to learn about and teach us about the American health care system, how it's financed and how it works. Or actually how it doesn't work, because it's badly broken, and we all know it. He's traveled to all 50 states and listened to countless stories of terrible suffering from people who can't maintain insurance, or who have it and can't afford what it costs to use it. These are hardworking people who've played by all the rules and been cast aside for many reasons, mostly because covering them isn't seen as profitable. Yes, Faust is furious about it. He tells us that in very raw terms, but he's also done exhaustive homework and explains why the current system cannot be repaired with little tweaks. To him, it's a "basic principal of fairness" that every American has equal access to health care and, beyond that, justice resulting from healthy food and a healthy place to live. A Single Payer system is the only way to begin getting this justice, and he believes it will cost much less than we pay for all the tricks we now endure. A moral imperative, and an essential book in building the groundswell required to get it done. 

— From Tim's Staff Recommendations


"The best concise explanation of why the United States needs single-payer health care — and needs to widen the definition of health care itself."The Washington Post
Single payer healthcare is not complicated: the government pays for all care for all people. It’s cheaper than our current model, and most Americans (and their doctors) already want it. So what’s the deal with our current healthcare system, and why don’t we have something better?

In Health Justice Now, Timothy Faust explains what single payer is, why we don’t yet have it, and how it can be won. He identifies the actors that have misled us for profit and political gain, dispels the myth that healthcare needs to be personally expensive, shows how we can smoothly transition to a new model, and reveals the slate of humane and progressive reforms that we can only achieve with single payer as the springboard.

In this impassioned playbook, Faust inspires us to believe in a world where we could leave our job without losing healthcare for ourselves and our kids; where affordable housing is healthcare; and where social justice links arm-in-arm with health justice for us all.

About the Author

Timothy Fausts writing has appeared in Splinter, Jacobin, and Vice, among others. He has worked as a data scientist in the healthcare industry, before which he enrolled people in ACA programs in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, where he saw both the shortcomings of the ACA and the consequences of the Medicaid gap firsthand. Since 2017, he’s been driving around the United States in his 2002 Honda CR-V talking to people about health inequity in their neighborhoods. He lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…

"This book is vital to the fight for health justice in America. As upsetting as much of this book is to read, it soothed me and made me feel less insane and alone in my own efforts to spread the gospel of single-payer, free-at-point-of-use health care. I want to get it in front of every lawmaker, and more importantly in front of every grassroots organizer, as theyweare the people who will make health justice a reality.” —Rob Delaney, co-writer and co-star of Catastrophe

"As our president recently learned, healthcare is complicated, so there's this misconception that the solutions must be complicated too, and the only way to talk about them is in complex wonkspeak. They aren't, and it isn't. It's about time someone like Timothy Faust, who is every bit as smart as any lanyard-wearing think tanker, lay it out in terms you and me and everyone else tired of getting robbed when they pay their premiums every month can understand."Dan Riffle, Senior Policy Advisor to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
"This book is a searing indictment of the injustices and dysfunctions of the American healthcare system, but it is much more than that.  It illuminates, lucidly and painfully, how our healthcare system works—or, more often, fails to work.  And it describes how we can move forward to a better future, where healthcare is a social right, not a market commodity.  Health Justice Now should be read by everyone trying to understand our healthcare system, and by everyone fighting to remake it."Dr. Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians For A National Healthcare Program
"Faust [is] the perfect conduit for this message. . . . An impassioned call to action for anyone who has been sick, who has felt the pain of poor medical care, or who knows the crippling bureaucracy of the insurance industry. Which is to say, it’s a call to action for us all."—Houston Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9781612197166
ISBN-10: 1612197167
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English