COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital by Dr. David A. Ansell

This book will make you angry and it will sap your hope. What is our definition of humane treatment? Is money the sole arbiter of how thorough and how skilled our health care will be?


I believe in universal health care.  I believe it does not matter who you are or where you come from - when you are in trouble, medical professionals should rush to help you.  What they should NOT do is make sure your credit card is valid and your insurance will approve the claim.  I hate living in a world where saying this makes me look like a naive idealist - or worse, a schmuck (schmuckette?)


Dr. Ansell's book is infuriating because he makes us face what is happening to our less fortunate neighbours.  i'm not American, but I care about my friends who are.  I want a better America for them, and a more compassionate America for their children.  i hope I live to see that happen.