Wednesday, July 7, 2010
So Much for That (2010)
This is a fine book that deals mostly with health insurance inequalities and the grossly unfair, tragic and ridiculous state of affairs in the U.S. It follows two families: one with a wife and mother with mesothelioma and the other with a child with a rare genetic disease, familial dysautonomia.
Lisa O'Kelly's reviewing the book in the Observer writes: "Dedicating an entire novel to the themes of serious illness and the unfairness of the pre-Obama healthcare system in America is risky. It is unpalatable subject matter and at times, I must confess, I dreaded picking up the book to find out what happened next. But Shriver's furious energy drags you along regardless."
I do not see many major changes here even with the Obama plan. So Much for That is a great introduction to the state of health care in the U.S. It is wise and well-researched, educational and a pleasure to read. An important addition to the health care literature.