Jonathan Cohn on Health Care Reform: The Debate Never Ends
- Featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone
- Interviewed on CNN, NPR, ABC News, and FOX News
- Author of “Sick,” blending original research and reporting on the subject of healthcare reform
- Delivers comprehensive and emotional presentations on domestic politics and policy
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Jonathan Cohn is a veteran journalist who specializes in domestic politics and policy. His primary focus, health care, is the subject of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis - and the People Who Pay the Price, a book that serves as the definitive guide to the forthcoming debate over whether, and how, to reform the U.S. health insurance system. Sick was named a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Widely respected for his engaging writing style and ability to make complex issues seem simple, Cohn is a lively speaker who particularly relishes opportunities to make a case for his generally (but not always) liberal views to more conservative audiences. Since the publication of Sick he has become a widely sought after speaker and has given talks to health care companies and organizations and activist groups across the country.
Cohn is a senior editor for the New Republic, the political magazine where he has been writing and editing articles for 10 years. He is a contributing editor of the American Prospect, where he once served as the executive editor, as well as a senior fellow at Demos, a think-tank based in New York City. Over the years, his articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, Mother Jones, and the Washington Monthly. Sick is the product of original research and reporting that spanned five years. In the book Cohn introduces readers to eight average Americans struggling to find affordable medical care, then follows them as they deal with the (frequently tragic) consequences. Along the way, he weaves in a comprehensive history of health insurance in America, going back to its origins in the late 1920s. He ends with a look to the future, and the fate that will befall even more Americans if medical coverage continues to deteriorate. Cohn provides a detailed argument in favor of universal health insurance, financed by taxes and administered by the federal government.
Cohn was interviewed on CNN's Larry King Live, NPR's Fresh Air, ABC News, and Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, and countless radio shows and Web sites. Sick was covered in publications across the country, including Newsweek, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, AARP The Magazine, and Slate. The book earned praise from such respected authorities as physician/writer Atul Gwande, who calls it "a stunningly important book," and journalist David Shipler, who says "Jonathan Cohn weaves personal tragedies and policy failures into a tapestry of shame. His book will infuriate you enough to make you want to scream at every member of Congress, 'Read this!'" Cohn's writing on health care makes him one of the media's most respected writers on the subject: As columnist E.J. Dionne has said, "No one has thought harder about our heath care system than Jonathan Cohn, no one has written about it with such eloquence and passion, and no one has brought to one of the most difficult problems we confront his acute sense of compassion, realism and justice."
As a political correspondent, Cohn has gotten to know and written about some of the nation's most intriguing figures: His 2002 New Republic profile of Howard Dean introduced the then-unknown Vermont governor to the nation; his 2003 profile of Bill Frist was the first to plumb the senator's medical career for insights into his political views. Other areas that Cohn has covered extensively include globalization, labor unions, and media bias. Work-family issues are another frequent subject of his writing: One of his most popular articles remains an essay he wrote about his efforts to balance fatherhood, career, and respect for the work of his wife, who has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. Cohn is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Crimson, and a past media fellow with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He grew up in South Florida and spent most of his adult life in Boston. He now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and children.
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