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Marching toward coverage : how women can lead the fight for universal healthcare
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xii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This book's purpose is to galvanize women to push for universal health care in the United States"--


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A lively, clear explanation of the American healthcare reform movement from a noted expert--giving women the tools they need to demand fair and affordable coverage for all people

Healthcare is one of America's most dysfunctional and confusing industries, and women bear the brunt of the problem when it comes to both access and treatment. Women, who make 80 percent of healthcare decisions for their families, are disproportionately impacted by the complex nature of our healthcare system--but are also uniquely poised to fix it.

Founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies Rosemarie Day wants women to recognize their trouble with accessing affordable care as part of a national emergency. Day encourages women throughout the country to share their stories and get involved, and she illustrates how a groundswell of activism, led by everyday women, could create the incentives our political leaders need to change course.

Marching Toward Coverage gives women the clear information they need to move this agenda forward by breaking down complicated topics in an accessible manner, like the ACA (Affordable Care Act), preexisting conditions, and employer-sponsored plans. With more than 25 years working in healthcare strategy and related fields, Day helps the average American understand the business of national health reform and lays out a pragmatic path forward, one that recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right.

Author Notes

Rosemarie Day is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies and former chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Health Connector and Medicaid programs.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Like many women, Day serves as the chief medical officer for her family. In 2017, for example, her 80-year-old mom was hospitalized, her 18-year-old daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, and she herself learned that she needed treatment for breast cancer. Day is one of the lucky ones: her family had insurance, unlike 28 million Americans who do not. And of those who do, nearly half have it through their job or a family member's employment. Day is also a public health-care expert, so she readily parlays her personal experiences into an overview of the U.S. health-care system--from 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments establishing Medicare and Medicaid to improve health services for all Americans, to 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) into law, though it is still generating opposition. Day argues that since the U.S. requires all drivers to have auto insurance, why not do the same for health insurance? Day convincingly makes a case for universal coverage and more and better investments in social services.

Library Journal Review

Health care in the United States can be complicated, and the idea of rebuilding the system can be daunting. In this book, Day, owner of the business Day Healthcare Strategies, strives to decipher the workings of the current system and the history of American health care, and explore how citizens can advocate for change. The occasionally dense text discusses how health coverage does or doesn't work from person to person, why women are more affected by system inequalities, and the ways in which U.S. practices differ from other developed countries. The subtitle implies a focus on the importance of women in the fight for universal health care, but in reality, the work is much more concentrated on the history of the health care reform movement and how it can advance; that women are on the front lines is more of a footnote. VERDICT Day clearly provides a road map for future advocacy in health-care reform, appealing to readers interested in helping to pave a path forward.--Ahliah Bratzler, Indianapolis P.L.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Why Coverage Mattersp. 1
Chapter 2 How We Got Here and Where We Standp. 10
Chapter 3 Why Women Can Be the Drivers of Universal Healthcarep. 23
Chapter 4 Employer-Sponsored Insurance Won't Save Usp. 37
Chapter 5 The ACA Only Got Us Partwayp. 49
Chapter 6 Left Uncoveredp. 67
Chapter 7 Coverage Alone Isn't Enoughp. 80
Chapter 8 Solutions Need to Be Political, Not Polarizingp. 101
Chapter 9 Other Countries Lead the Wayp. 112
Chapter 10 Expanding Healthcare Access and Affordabilityp. 131
Chapter 11 Making Healthcare a Right in the USp. 148
Chapter 12 The Activism Agendap. 165
Afterword On a Personal Notep. 181
Glossaryp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
Notesp. 193
Indexp. 219