Virtual Event: Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson


Medicare for All:
A Citizen's Guide

in conversation with DR. MARY T. BASSETT


March 5, 2021
7:00 PM ET


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes physicians and public health experts ABDUL EL-SAYED and MICAH JOHNSON for a discussion of their co-authored book, Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide. They will be joined in conversation by DR. MARY T. BASSETT, former Commissioner of Health for New York City and the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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About Medicare for All

There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory. And yet for every dollar spent in our economy, 18 cents go to healthcare. What are we paying for, exactly?

Healthcare policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is simple: good healthcare that's easy to use and doesn't break the bank. Polls show that a majority of Americans want the government to provide universal health coverage to all Americans.

What's less clear is how to get there.

Medicare for All is the leading proposal to achieve universal health coverage in America. But what is it exactly? How would it work? More importantly, is it practical or practicable?

This book goes beyond partisan talking points to offer a serious examination of how Medicare for All would transform the way we give, receive, and pay for healthcare in America.

Praise for Medicare for All

"During a period when global pandemic has exposed the deadly mistake of linking healthcare to our workplace, Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide is the sweeping, clear-eyed manual for making healthcare a right that we've been waiting for." —Benjamin Day, Executive Director, Healthcare-NOW

"In this timely book, Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson shine a light on the people left behind by our current health care system. Regardless of your politics, their thought-provoking writing will push you to think more deeply and critically about the future of healthcare in America." —Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA 19th Surgeon General of the United States

"This book is a labor of love for the American people and the healthcare system they deserve. Drs. El-Sayed and Johnson demystify Medicare for All and defang the political talking points to offer a clear distillation of the potential of this policy, while guiding the reader through the challenges and opportunities of this moment for achieving it." —Ro Khanna, US Representative, CA-17

Abdul El-Sayed
Abdul El-Sayed

Abdul El-Sayed

Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil, is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He rebuilt Detroit’s Health Department after the City’s bankruptcy as the youngest big-city health commissioner in a major US city. He ran for Governor of Michigan in 2018 on a state-level single-payer platform in a bid endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The Nation, and Current Affairs. He holds a doctorate in Public Health from University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a medical degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Mary T. Bassett
Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Dr. Mary T. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. She is currently the Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining the FXB Center, she served as New York City’s Commissioner of Health from 2014 to 2018.

Micah Johnson
Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson, MD, is a physician and a health care researcher, writer, and policy advisor. He served as a health policy fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives and has advised presidential campaigns on health care reform. He holds a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and he received his MD from Harvard Medical School. He is currently a resident physician in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.


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