Our current health-care debate is rooted in the 1930s
That book, "Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis—And the People Who Pay the Price," focuses in heart-rending detail on nine of those stories, the kind of which may well find their way into stump speeches in 2008
But it also brings a fresher perspective to the health-care debate, thanks to a second, more surprising source: Depression-era documents that tell nearly identical stories. Then, too, ailing people went without care as politicians and physicians sparred over its spiraling costs.
"It's frightening how parallel the situations are," Cohn says in an interview. But America isn't necessarily doomed to repeat its history, as long as there's still time to learn from it.
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