A lively, clear explanation of the American health care reform movement from a noted expert - giving women the tools they need to demand better care for themselves and their families
Healthcare access is a human right, but it's treated as a privilege. Healthcare is America's largest, most dysfunctional industry, and women bear the brunt of this problem when it comes to both access and treatment. Founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies Rosemarie Day wants women to recognize their trouble with accessing affordable care as part of a nation-wide emergency - and she wants everyone to get involved in demanding better healthcare for all.
Women, who make 80% of health care decisions for their families, are disproportionately impacted by this issue - and uniquely poised to take action. With more than 25 years working in healthcare strategy, Day steps in to de-wonk the conversation and help the average American understand the business of national health reform. Health coverage is a deeply fraught political and social issue, and well-funded special interest groups have had almost exclusive access to politicians' ears for too long.
From the 50-year-old who is delaying cancer screening because she can't pay the deductible, to the expecting parents who aren't sure if their policy covers prenatal care, to anyone anxious about losing their coverage because of a pre-existing condition - Americans are overwhelmed and underserved by their insurance options.
Delivered as a feminist argument for equity, Day proves that now is the time for women nationwide to share their stories and take decisive leadership in the progressive movement for more just healthcare across our nation.
About the Author
Rosemarie Day is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, which aims to help implement national health reform. She's been working in healthcare for more than 25 years, including as the founding Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer of the Health Connector in MA, where she helped launch the award-winning organization that established the first state-run health insurance exchange in Massachusetts. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the MA Medicaid program. Rosemarie lives in Somerville, MA; this is her first book. Connect with her @Rosemarie_Day1.
“Day offers a simpler remedy for fixing healthcare. If we want a healthcare system that’s more humane, more practical, and gets the important things right, turn to women. Read it and let’s get going.” —Andy Slavitt, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
“‘Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,’ said Donald Trump. Actually, many of us did and do know, especially Rosemarie Day, whose new book, Marching Toward Coverage, is a breath of fresh enlightenment over a murky and complex topic. Her analysis is sharp and powered by exceptional passion and insight. Read it to be informed and mobilized.” —John McDonough, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
“Day’s remarkable book succeeds on two fronts. First, grounded in a deep understanding of the historical and political moments that have shaped American healthcare, it makes an accessible, straightforward argument for universal healthcare in America. Second, it makes the compelling and provocative argument that women are disproportionately disadvantaged by our poor healthcare system and can represent the solution. The book is a primer in healthcare and an activist call to action in one, a must-read for anyone interested in better health for all in the United States.” —Sandro Galea, Dean of the School of Public Health at Boston University
“A healthy nation is a secure and safe nation; healthcare is the ultimate homeland security issue because it addresses our vulnerabilities at home and our strength in the homeland. Women have been at the forefront of our efforts to reduce risks in our communities—from gun violence to climate change—and they are the drivers for building healthy and sustainable homes, communities, and, ultimately, nations. In this indispensable book, Rosemarie Day makes the case for why activism by women for our health and healthcare is the path forward for a resilient nation.” —Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security, and author of Security Mom
“Marching Toward Coverage addresses one of the issues that matters most to women and moms in our country today: protecting our healthcare. We are raising our voices, sharing our stories, and fighting to protect our coverage and stop the price gouging that is pushing prescription drug prices out of reach for so many families. Women will indeed shape the future of healthcare in this country.” —Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising