March 17, 2021

EP. 96 — The Case for Medicare for All with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Why is America’s health care system so effed up, and what can be done to fix it? Author, physician, and civil servant Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins Adam to discuss how we got here, his belief in single-payer healthcare, and why he’s hopeful for the road ahead. His book Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide is available wherever books are sold.


Adam: [00:00:00] Welcome to Factually!, I’m Adam Conover, thank you so much for listening. You know, we hear so often that America is the richest country on Earth and, you know, it is we have a very high standard of living and with it a somewhat stable government, a government that is pretty good at making sure that the things we need most to survive are a plentiful, available and affordable for most of our citizens. For instance, our society is very car centric and people need to get around and accordingly, we ensure that gasoline is cheap and plentiful, relatively speaking. Likewise, food is a necessity of life and we have some of the lowest food prices in the developed world compared to our income. It is very, very cheap to get basic calories in America, even if those calories are sometimes not so healthy. At least you have access to them. And some recent events in Flint, Michigan, notwithstanding, the vast majority of people have access to clean running water. These are all b

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