I have a review/essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books today. It’s the second part of the “Politics of Health.” The first part mainly dealt with health inequalities by class, whereas this part deals with health inequalities by race. I review two recent books: Dayna Bowen Matthew’s Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Medicine and Damon Tweedy’s Black Man in a White Coat.
I reviewed Sasha Issenberg’s forthcoming book Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism for the New Republic.
In the latest New Politics, my thoughts on the politics of the Affordable Care Act – and of strategies to move forward. Available here.
Last year’s three-ring Congressional shutdown circus — for many little more than a desperate rearguard action by an isolated rightwing fringe to undo the fait accompli of Barack Obama’s health care reform — reinforced with each passing day the gaudy dysfunction of the American political system. But we miss something crucial if we construe the perseverance of Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) as nothing more than the overdue victory of commonsense health care reform over an irrelevant and intransigent right, or, even more, as the glorious culmination of a progressive dream for American universal health care long deferred. In Jacobin here.