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City Club of Cleveland - The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis
Jonathan Cohn will speak about his book "Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis-And the People Who Pay the Price," a first-hand account of America's failing health care system. Combining real-life stories of ordinary people nationwide with original reporting from Washington, Cohn explains why this transformation is taking place-and the consequences that could someday affect us all.

Every day, millions of Americans struggle to find affordable medical care for themselves and their families. To uncover the truth about the state of America's health care system, Cohn traveled the country, listening to stories of those who are learning the hard way that citizenship in no way guarantees access to medical care.

As the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee health care to its citizens, the U.S. is facing a crisis that is only going to get worse. Cohn demonstrates that the American health insurance system, first created in the 1930s, is collapsing through combining accounts from those who engineered the current health care revolution with testimonies from those who have suffered along the way.

As a senior editor at The New Republic, Cohn has written about national politics and its influence on American communities for the past decade. He is also a contributing editor at The American Prospect and a senior fellow at the think-tank Demos. Cohn, who has been a media fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Slate, and the Washington Monthly. In partnership with Policy Matters Ohio.

May 14, 2007