Next Up: Turning Two Health Care Bills Into One



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Jonathan Cohn traveled the country in search of ordinary Americans who had been affected by America's health care crisis. The stories he found — of heart attack victims becoming casualties of overcrowded emergency rooms and diabetes patients going blind because they can't afford treatment — earned him the Harry Chapin Media Award for coverage of poverty-related issues, as well as praise from both journalism and health care professionals. They also became the core of his book Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis — and the People Who Pay the Price.

A senior editor at The New Republic, where he also writes a blog about the health care overhaul effort called The Treatment, Cohn joins Fresh Air for a conversation about the health care bills that recently passed the U.S. House and Senate — and explains, as the bills head for reconciliation in a conference committee, what a compromise between the two might look like.

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