Hindsight is always 2020. The question we have to ask ourselves, is when the same issue comes up, is the past repeated or do we truly learn from our errors?
Andy Slavitt has spent many years within the world of healthcare. His new book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, was published in June. It documents the time he spent in the last Presidential administration and the missteps that led to more than half a million Americans dead from Covid-19. Speaking to government officials, politicians on all sides of the spectrum, and medical professionals, he talks about in detail what went wrong and what could have been done to save lives.
As I got further into the narrative, I was getting angry. The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. While there was no way we could have stopped the virus from entering the country, there were plenty of opportunities to minimize the damage. But due to politics, bureaucracy, and the mess that is the American health care system, we are a year and a half into a pandemic that is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Do I recommend it? Yes