Humanist Book Group: The Healing of America

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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street · San Francisco, CA

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We will be in the Stong room on the ground floor

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Join us in the Stong room as we discuss "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care" by T.R. Reid. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

We will be selecting the next book from those presented in person at this meeting. If you'd like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available in the SF Public Library.

About "The Healing of America" (SFPL:

"Even though the United States spends more on health care than any other nation, 20,000 Americans die each year as a result of having little or no health insurance. Washington Post correspondent Reid (The United States of Europe) surveys European and Asian systems that range from single payer to pay-as-you-go, describing how the systems evolved and enumerating their pros and cons. Refuting standard myths about European health care, he demonstrates that there is no monolithic "socialized medicine": most countries provide a basic health package paid for through nonprofit insurance, with supplemental private coverage also available. Reid makes a forceful case that if the United States makes a commitment to universal health care, these countries offer invaluable blueprints. Verdict Reid's concise-and surprisingly humorous-study is recommended to anyone following the ongoing debate over health-care reform."

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.

We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.

A list of past suggestions can be found at

This is not a Library Sponsored Program.