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Dr. Atul Gawande: Is Healthcare a Right?

Dr. Atul Gawande, a staff writer for The New Yorker, appeared as a guest on CBS Face the Nation.

In this interview, Dr. Gawande spoke of the breakdown in employer based health coverage and how many working Americans see half of their pay go to taxes and premiums for healthcare with high deductibles and cost sharing.

Dr. Gawande’s October 2017 article in the New Yorker (available here) goes deeper and dives into issues of rights, fairness and the sharing of burden.  Personally, I enjoyed his interview with the man named Arnold and this quip:

“I am lucky I can get my teeth looked at because I’m dating a dental hygienist. But”—here he showed me his white-toothed grin—“I can’t date a dental hygienist and a cardiologist.”

Proponents of Medicare for All single payer systems and proponents of Free Market based solutions may equally find Dr. Gawande’s middle ground questions too compromising. I enjoyed his Face the Nation interview and New Yorker article; both reasonable and refreshing looks at this healthcare challenge we cannot ignore.

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