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Make America Healthy Again

How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis
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If Americans want to know why their health care is so costly and getting costlier, they need only look in the mirror.

Americans are notoriously unhealthy - we eat too much, drink too much, and sit too much. When roughly 80 percent of cardiovascular disease and 40 percent of all cancer cases could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, it is time to take a deeper look at the problem and ask who is truly responsible. Consider that: 

  • After 70 years of innovation, heart disease and cancer remain the top two causes of death in the United States.
  • In 1960, health care spending was five percent of America's GDP; today, it is 17.5 percent.
  • The government spends over $1 trillion annually on health care.
  • Nearly one in five American deaths is associated with poor diets.
  • Simply reducing sodium intake by 1,200 mg per day could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs. 

In Make America Healthy Again, Nicole Saphier, a Memorial Sloan Kettering physician, nationally recognized patient advocate, and media personality, reveals how individual negligence and big government incompetence have destroyed America's health care system. Combining historical events, economic trends, and essential lifestyle advice, with her unique perspective, she offers concrete solutions to address this epic problem.

We don't need socialized medicine - we need to take better care of ourselves. By getting healthier and adopting preventative measures, Saphier believes, we can reduce the astronomical costs of treatment and improve overall care. The only way to lower medical costs for everyone is to stop incentivizing bad health decisions. 

Policies such as the Affordable Care Act and single-payer plans ignore something crucial to lowering the overall financial burden: personal responsibility. We can no longer expect doctors and the government to fix illnesses we have the power to prevent. Regardless of which health policy is adopted, our nation will flounder unless we take action. It is up to the American people to make America healthy again.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Nicole Saphier (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Liz
  • 22/10/2020

Sounded Artificial

There is good content in this book but all too frequently it sounds like it's being read by a robot. I struggled to finish it for this reason.

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  • KR
  • 17/10/2020

Lifelong Democrat loved this book

I sit on the opposite side of the aisle from Dr. Saphier. I have worked in healthcare for 17 years, and there is a lot about her analysis that I do find valid and thought-provoking. I’m very someone finally wrote a book about this because it acknowledges that people have a responsibility to take care of their own health. I am for universal healthcare, but I also believe in triaging. The current healthcare system is stretched beyond capacity for a number of reasons-unethical insurance and price gouging practices, runaway executive salaries, terrible infrastructure and networks held together with duct tape, etc. But one that we seem to be afraid to talk about is “patient expectations.” You cannot repeatedly stab yourself in the eye with a pencil and then demand to be first in line every time you go to the ER. By the 3rd or 4th time in, you’re going to have to wait because, well....you did it again, and we’ve got an ER waiting room full of people already. The same can be said of preventative care. If you repeatedly trash your own body with terrible health conditions, you do not also get to demand priority care. I do think Dr. Saphier is light on the socioeconomic factors impacting one’s ability to make healthy choices. For example, people living in “food deserts” are going to have a hard time getting access to affordable fresh produce and lean proteins, non-processed foods. So, there are some structural issues that play a huge role here, but I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Her point that we Americans are too entitled and demanding when it comes to our healthcare system is extremely important and we will never see any lasting change to our failing system until we address that cultural deficiency.

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  • Ken Larsen
  • 07/09/2020

Myth's dispelled . . .

Dr. Saphier skillfully dispels the myth that by the waiving of a magic wand a doctor or pharmacist can cure the calamitous decisions made by over reaching Government and by those of us who refuse to accept personal responsibility for our own health and well being.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24/08/2020

Loved this book!

Made rethink about my eating and why it is so important as well as how our health care system works and doesn’t work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/06/2020

Very Informative

I appreciated the calm read around really important information. The tone of the reader allowed me to intake all the data provided around health, insurance, and policy in the health care industry. Our future generations need this education in our schools. If anything, listen to this book and pass the information along to your children and lead by example.

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  • Rebecca
  • 24/05/2020

Helpful and Informative

This book was an eye opener for me to see how our country’s medical profession is being wrecked by politics, lobbyists and insurance companies, amoung others. I hope it can be fixed before it’s too late. So long as lobbying is permitted, I see no light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Dr. Saphire for taking the time to show America it is time to get off our lazy butts and exercise, eat the right foods and avoid the things that cause physical, emotional and financial problems. Kris Peterson

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  • Jason Walter
  • 02/05/2020

Excellent Book. The Problems, The Facts & Data.

It's time to wake up, people and if this book doesn't do, then we are in deep trouble. Facts and data describe the problems that we face and how we got to this point. Great book. Well written and well researched. The narrator is enjoyable, even at the 1.25x speed that I listen.

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  • 24/04/2020

Every American Need To Hear

This author explains the truth behind health, healthcare and health insurance that most consumers don't know.

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  • Stan Stinson
  • 22/04/2020

Very informative, educational & sensible

Dr. Saphier knows her subject matter. This book is well researched, organized and presented and well worth your time and small investment in your future. Inside she provides the current status of health in America, how we got here and many common sense and also well researched solutions for what ails us. Get yours today. I am going outside for another walk now on day 402 in a row of at least a 5K a day.