At the Christian Science Monitor Marjorie Kehe offers a few suggestions for reading up on health care. Her list of five and a half books includes the following:

  • Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis – and the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan Cohn
    Case histories illustrating the complexity of insurance and health care issues
  • Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer by Shannon Brownlee
    Health care and economics.
  • Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government by Theda Skocpol
    Analyzing the Clinton adminstration’s failed attempt to fix healthcare in 1994 offers interesting background and many instructive points relevant to today’s healthcare debate.
    Also recommended on the same topic: The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point by Haynes Johnson and David Broder.
  • The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care by David Gratzer
    The case against government involvement.
  • The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and What It Will Take to Get Out by Julius Richard and Rashi Fein
    The case for government-financed universal healthcare.

I have read none of these. Are they really the best?