Fixing America

Through the semester our class was
assigned two books that were on complex topics such as U.S. healthcare reform
and U.S. prison reform. Both books made me a more in-depth critical thinker,
causing me to believe that the free world has some room for change.
 Personally I found Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in
Prisons Around the World more engaging with the prison interviews
than The Healing of America: A Global Quest
for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.  

The thesis of The Healing of
America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fair Health Care is that
America can bring about basic changes by taking ideas from foreign models of
health care. Throughout the semester the class has been reading The Healing
of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care written
by T.R. Reid.  In the introduction of the book, Reid writes about
Nikki White who was a United States citizen that was diagnosed with lupus
erythematosus right after college.  Nikki White died at 32 years old due
to not having health insurance to cover appropriate treatments.  Lupus erythematosus is a very treatable condition
in the U.S. Reid writes if White “lived in, say, Japan-the world’s second-
richest nation- or Germany (third richest). Or other countries, such as
Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Sweden etc., the healthcare system there
would have lived a normal life span.”(Reid, 2010, p.1) it is Reid’s belief that
the U.S. health system failed Nikki White and now she is dead due to that
failure. This leads Reid to write about multiple countries health systems and
discusses how they would hypothetically treat patients in Nikki White’s

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I found some
weakness and strengths in the book The Healing of America: A Global Quest
for Better, Cheaper, and Fair Health Care.  Some weaknesses were Reid
was bias throughout his research.  Also at some parts the writer comes off
contradicting himself, he complains how healthcare reform has been derailed in
the U.S. due to socialism, yet Reid argues in other parts of the book that the
U.S. should incorporate health care reform modeled after communist and
socialist countries.   The author highlights unjust patient treatment and unfavorable health
care scenarios to support his view that healthcare reform is paramount.  The author plays up the communist and
socialist language and sympathies of those who have reformed health care in
various countries. The author
shows his bias by not presenting all the information about the healthcare
systems he favors. For example, in a socialist or communist healthcare system
an individual’s choices and freedom to select healthcare and providers is
determined by the Government.  The lack
of choice is a negative to many Americans. 
 I also had an issue
with how the author did not address how complex health care reform is; at times
it felt like he was referring to healthcare reform as an overnight fix.  When
you don’t discuss or address all the issues it over simplifies a problem that
is very complex.  Beside those few
discrepancies, overall the book was strongly written and easy to understand.  Reid explains Affordable Care Act in a concise and
clear way so the reader can better understand. 
This personally helped me become more knowledgeable about different
healthcare solutions.     

We also read Incarceration Nations: A
Journey to Justice in Prisons around the world by Baz Dreisinger
throughout the semester. The thesis of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to
Justice in Prisons around the world is that America can bring about
fundamental changes by borrowing ideas from foreign models of prison systems.
Baz Dreisinger wrote about American prison system are very flawed.
 Dreisinger believes that the American prison system is failing America
similar to how Reid’s belief that the American healthcare system is failing
Americans.  Dreisinger criticizes the American prison system about being a
business instead of a place for prisoner to rehabilitate their wrongful
behavior and leave their life of crime behind (Dreisinger, 2016, p.5).  Dresinger further criticizes
the American prison system and other foreign prison systems like Malaysia
(Singapore).  America prisons are extremely crowded and as a result
Singapore prisons are as well according to Dresinger.  Dresinger isn’t
saying that U.S. is directly affecting the Singapore prison she visited in the
book.  What she is saying is America leads the way as a world power and by
setting the bar low other smaller countries have followed.  Even though
the U.S. is often a world leader, we are not when it comes to prison
systems.  She also explained that even
though the U.S. is a world power there are other countries that have a better

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