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Dr. John Geyman, a physician for the people, wrote this lifesaving, health-protecting book to be used in action. With reams of overwhelming evidence so clearly documented and displayed, this book is ideal for advocacy and political action to enact Medicare for All. It will be introduced as H.R 1976, and already has strong congressional support. Knowledge invites action!

—Ralph Nader, activist, founder of Public Citizen, and author
of Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than You Think


The best guide to the corporate driven corruption that has overtaken health care, and how the search for profit elbowed aside medical ethics and the best traditions of the medical profession.

—David Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D.,
general internists, health policy experts, and Distinguished
Professors of Public Health at City University of New York

Other Recent Publications by John Geyman M.D.


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"The horrific multiple costs, cruel denials of benefits, and huge entrenched commercial crimes driving the health care industry is described in this motivating, accurate report by Dr. John Geyman. This book points citizens towards Congressional action.
The intense focus has to be on the 535 members of Congress."

—Ralph Nader, activist, founder of Public Citizen, and
author of Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than You Think.

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Recipient of a Gold Award
from the Nonfiction Authors Association

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John Geyman, M.D. has written an eye-opening, comprehensive account of the wanton and unabashed corruption within the American health care system. Exceptionally researched and documented from both sides of the political aisle, the book focuses on all aspects of the health care system -- including the issue of many Americans being denied basic coverage -- and the numerous attempts over the years to fix or replace it. In Profiteering, Corruption, and Fraud, the author has provided readers with an informed, timely, and important narrative.


Remember the 4th Common Sense Pamphlet
in a series by John Geyman, M.D.

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Interviews on Ralph Nader Radio Hour:

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John appeared on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on July 1st, 2020 to discuss his latest book:
Profiteering, Corruption and Fraud in U.S. Health Care


John appeared on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on May 29th, 2019 to discuss his earlier book:
Struggling and Dying Under Trumpcare - How Can We Fix This Fiasco?


Ralph Nader Radio Hour - John Geyman interview (10.4.18)
John's interview starts at 36:15


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John Geyman's Blogs:

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Struggling and Dying Under TrumpCare
How We Fix This Fiasco

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Here we make a compelling case to adopt universal coverage for health care for all U.S. residents through Expanded and Improved Medicare for All. We then summarize the case against it by powerful corporate stakeholders fighting for the status quo, and refute their myths and disinformation.

This book charts the way to real reform based on Democratic control of the House and 70 percent of Americans supporting Medicare for All.

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Announcing the third pamphlet (2019) in John's Common Sense series:

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The Case For and Against Medicare For All


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Recent News and Interviews:

John was interviewed on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on May 29th, 2019 to discuss his latest book:
Struggling and Dying Under Trumpcare - How Can We Fix This Fiasco?

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Ralph Nader Radio Hour - John Geyman interview (10.4.18)
John's interview starts at 36:15


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Speak up Speak out Radio - Dr. John Geyman update on Health Care Reform - (11.15.2018)

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Background Briefing with Ian Masters - Radio Interview (4.10.18)
Trump’s Torrent of Lies in His Op-Ed Against Medicare-for-All
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CrisisTrumpcare: Lies, Broken Promises, How it is Failing, and What Should be Done(2018)

“This superb book is essential reading for anyone concerned about where health care is headed under President Trump.  Dr. Geyman meticulously documents what the administration is doing wrong, and provides a vital road map of where we need to go from here.”

—David Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D.,
general internists, health policy experts, and distinguished
professors of public health at the City University of New York.

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CrisisReview of Crisis in U.S. Health Care from Family Medicine (2017)

Crisis in US Health Care: Corporate Power vs the Common Good by John Geyman, is a must-read not only for family medicine physicians, but also for anyone interested in how the American health care system has devolved to the dysfunctional state we find it in today... (click here to read full review).


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IBPA AwardJohn's 2017 book, Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common Good has won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin silver award.



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The Second pamphlet in John's Common Sense series:

Common Sense: U.S. Health Care at a Crossroads in the 2018 Congress

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John Geyman's Latest Blogs:

John's writings are regularly featured on, Daily Kos, and other blog venues

The Case Against Privatization of U. S. Health Care
(posted 12.3.18)

Profiteering, Waste, Corruption, And Fraud in U. S. Health Care: Worse Than You Think (11.19.18)

“Protection” of Pre-Existing Conditions: Blatant Lies By Trump and the GOP
(posted 10.29.18)

Medicare For All: Another Surrender In Advance By The Democrats
(posted 9.20.18)

What is Happening With Trumpcare?
(posted 9.4.18)

Winners and Losers under TrumpCare
(posted 8.27.18)

Deregulation Leads to Uncontrolled Costs of U. S. Health Care
(posted 7.23.18)

Sabotage of Obamacare and Republican Ownership of TrumpCare
(posted 7.17.18)

Why We Need Permanent Security Clearances For Candidates For the White House
(posted February 12, 2018)

Trump's Medicaid: Sabotage of a Five-Decade Social Contract
(posted on January 18, 2018)

Corporate Mergers of Health Care Giants: CEOs and Wall Street Win, Patients Lose

(posted on January 9, 2017)

The Impending Destruction Of Medicaid By GOP Tax Cuts: Cruel And Un-American
(posted on December 8, 2017)

(Read earlier Blogs by John Geyman, M.D.)

Announcing: the recent release of the revised and updated Flight as a Lifetime Passion, the story of John Geyman's adventures and misadventures in the air. A new website has been created featuring all five of the Avian Ridge publications -

2017 publication: an up-to-date and easy to read pamphlet by John Geyman: Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America. This is a useful resource for coping with Republican proposals for changing health care, including Medicare, in 2018.

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Thomas Paine made a strong argument in his pamphlet, Common Sense, for people in the Thirteen Colonies to gain independence from England in 1775-1776. This pamphlet takes a similar approach, also based on simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense.

Now, 241 years later, the subject is different but parallel to his goal—to have the American people gain freedom from corporate interests in our medical-industrial complex that takes its exorbitant profits on the backs of sick Americans, their families, and taxpayers.

Readers will find the reasons for today’s health care crisis, lessons we can learn from previous reform failures, and a comparison of three financing alternatives: (1) the Affordable Care Act, (2) the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), and (3) national health insurance under Medicare for All. The latter is analyzed as the only way to achieve sustainable universal coverage to comprehensive health care, with a description of how it will work.

We can achieve national health insurance given political will and a grassroots movement around the country energized by the majority of Americans who are losing out to corporate profiteers.

READ John's article in the International Journal of Health Services, Published in Sage Journals in October, 2017:

The 2016 election cycle leading to the election of President Donald Trump saw a bitter partisan battle over health care in the United States. This battle existed through the eight-year presidency of Barack Obama and continued into the opening months of the Trump administration. Universal access to affordable health care for all Americans remains a distant dream, despite reform attempts by both Democrats and Republicans. The major event during the Obama administration was the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by Democrats in 2010, which has been attacked relentlessly since then by Republicans attempting to repeal it. After failing to do so on some 60 occasions in Congress, Republicans brought forward their own repeal-and-replace bill in the early weeks of the Trump administration only to see it die without a vote in the House due to opposition by Democrats and the Freedom Caucus, a far-right group of conservatives. - read full article at Sage Journals

Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good

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Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good, published by John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, discusses the issues being debated in Congress. This book takes a 60 year view of our health care system, from 1956-2016, from the perspective of a family physician who lived through those years in two rural communities, including Friday Harbor, and as a professor of family medicine in medical schools, a journal editor and researcher/writer about health care for over four decades. It is an objective, non-partisan look at major trends in health care including increasing technology, uncontrolled costs and depersonalization. The concluding chapters present three health care reform options: ObamaCare repair, Republican proposals for health care, and Medicare-For-All or national health insurance.

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Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good


. . . [This] book examines all aspects of medical care in the United States and how it has changed over the past 60 years. . . The service ethic of medicine, Geyman declares, has been replaced with the “business ethic,” and the result is poorer patient care. Another serious problem he addresss is the skyrocketing cost of health care. High insurance deductibles, extraordinarily escalating pharmaceutical prices, and a tendency on the part of physicians to order excessive tests and procedures to increase compensation have put basic medical care out of reach for millions. . .

This accessible, comprehensive book makes a strong case for a complete overhaul of the U.S. health care system. No fan of the Affordable Care Act, which he says has failed to reduce costs and is a boondoggle for corporate interests, Geyman concludes that the only viable alternative is a single-payer system: “Today’s health care system, serving its corporate masters more than patients, is unfair, ineffective, inhumane for those left out, and financially unsustainable.” . . . Articulate, loaded with informative details, especially timely . . .

“A Doctor’s View of Corporate Profiteering in the Medical Industry”
A review of Crisis in U.S. Heath Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good
by Dick Burkhart, Ph.D., Board member, Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community, Seattle, WA


John Geyman is a family practitioner and administrator who has experienced first hand the transformation of the US health care system into an immensely wasteful and corrupt health care industry. Though Obamacare has extended coverage, it has also propelled profiteering, contributing “to the medical profession’s loss of its moral compass”. Supposed savings have been soaked up by executives and owners. Privatization has meant perverse incentives, replacing the medical ethic of compassionate care by profits at the expense of the poorest and sickest.

This book is an up-to-date and readable overview of how the health care industry actually works, set against the backdrop Dr. Geyman’s personal journey over the last half century, from a classical family practice in the mountains of northern California, to leadership of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, to a retirement of investigation, reflection, and writing. Other books dive more deeply into the politics and scandals, but I suggest starting here.

The US has the best health care in the world for those who can pay for it, yet by far the worst health care system of any developed nation. We spend twice as much per person with poorer overall outcomes. Like most other medical reformers, Geyman recommends improving Medicare and making it universal (“Medicare for All”), with the US citizenry pocketing the savings. Both professionals and patients will be a lot happier.

An American Tragedy: Healthcare for Profit - A review of Crisis in U.S. Healthcare by Ellen Cantarow /Reader Supported News

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Previous Books by John Geyman, M.D.


The Human Face of ObamaCare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next (2016)

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This book shows the human face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) as the stories of real patients and their families best illustrate continuing problems of our health care system. It also shows how many of the promises made by the Obama administration have not been kept. The big question now is: What next? The ACA has helped many millions of people since its enactment in 2010, but has fallen far short of what is needed to improve access, affordability, and quality of U. S. health care. Much of our population still cannot afford health care, and there is no cost containment in sight. Underinsurance is the new norm, with narrowed networks, high deductibles, and increasing cost-sharing forcing many people to forego necessary care. Here we take a comprehensive, non-partisan, objective look at the ACA almost six years after its passage. We also take an evidence-based approach to assessing three major alternatives for further health care reform: (1) continuation of the ACA with improvements as needed, (2) Republican proposals for its repeal and/or replacement, and (3) single-payer national health insurance (NHI).


Review Posted Online: Nov. 17th, 2016

America’s medical system faces severe and worsening problems under ObamaCare and can only be cured by a revolutionary turn toward public health insurance, according to this exposé.

Geyman (Souls on a Walk, 2012, etc.), a medical school professor and former editor of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, argues that while the number of uninsured has dropped because of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, spiraling costs and a decline in quality have left many Americans with unaffordable, inadequate, and insecure health care. He notes that tens of millions still go without insurance; that soaring deductibles and co-payments mean that even insured patients often face crippling bills or have to forgo needed care and drugs; and that out-of-network fees and other fine-print gotchas result in huge unanticipated costs that still bankrupt families. Meanwhile, he contends, insurance companies have reduced their coverage and drastically restricted patients’ ability to choose their own hospitals and physicians, requiring them to drop their longtime doctors in favor of strangers and endure long waits because shrunken provider networks don’t have practitioners who can treat them. Geyman pulls no punches in detailing the failings of ObamaCare, but he’s equally hard on the market-based reforms of Republican opponents of the system (“If the Republicans have their way, individuals and families might pay less for skimpy insurance products, but would pay much more for necessary health care”). Instead, he fingers profit-driven health care as the root of the problem, and advocates a Canadian-style, single-payer National Health Insurance program funded entirely by the government and delivered by private, not-for-profit hospitals and doctor groups. Geyman’s lucid and very readable (though sometimes repetitive) treatise has plenty of statistics to back up his arguments. But its heart is a series of individual health care horror stories wherein ordinary families find that ObamaCare promises of affordable treatments, universal access, and a choice of providers prove to be hollow. (One patient Geyman profiles was slapped with a $117,000 bill when an out-of-network consulting surgeon he had never met was called in while he was unconscious during a neck operation—a fee his insurer refused to pay). The result is a smart, savvy analysis that shows the human cost of a broken system.

A compelling, hard-hitting indictment of U.S. health care and half-measure ObamaCare reforms.

"This is a beautifully researched, deeply disturbing, and entirely useful book. Dr. Geyman cuts through the fog and explains clearly the momentous choices America faces in the next era of health care reform."

—Donald Berwick, M.D., president emeritus and senior fellow,Institute for Healthcare
Improvement and former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

"In his new book, Dr. Geyman takes us beyond abstract numbers to explain why the Affordable Care Act is not by any means the final solution to fixing what continues to be for too many Americans a dysfunctional, inequitable and unaffordable health care system. He makes a compelling case for replacing our costly and inefficient multi-payer system with single-payer national health insurance."

—Wendell Potter, former CIGNA executive, senior fellow on health care at the Center for
Media and Democracy, and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks
Out On How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
, and Obamacare:
What's In It For Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Ac

"In his latest book John Geyman takes stock, honestly and objectively, of the state of American health care five years into the implementation of ObamaCare. He examines the law's effects on our healthcare system, on the healing professions, and on individual Americans and makes a persuasive case the ObamaCare is unsustainable. He presents three possible scenarios for future reforms.After reading this comprehensive and persuasive critique, I am more convinced than ever that an improved and expanded "Medicare for All" system is not only the best for the vast majority of Americans but is the only reasonable option for those of us who believe health care should be focused on the prevention and treatment of illness rather than wealth-extraction from patients. The only question now is how much longer the public will tolerate the accelerating corruption of our healthcare system Geyman documents and the charade that masquerades in Washington as a real debate about health care policy. This book is a must read for any American who has been or will be exposed to the American healthcare system. That would be all of us."

—Philip Caper, M.D., internist with long experience in health policy since the 1970s,
and past chairman of the National Council on Health Planning and Development



How Obamacare is Unsustainable (2015)
Why We Need a Single-Payer Solution For All Americans

by John Geyman, M.D.


Published January, 2015 by Copernicus Healthcare
ISBN paper: 978-0-9887996-9-1
Paperback: $18.95 / 328 pages with figures and tables

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Confusion and controversy have plagued the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) since its enactment in March 2010. Republicans have generally opposed the legislation and attempted to obstruct it in parts or repeal it altogether. Democrats have tended to support it, defending it against the opposition but wary of some of its problems. Patients and families are caught in the middle as the debate heats up in
election years.

This is the first book to take an evidence-based approach to assessment of the good and bad about this signature domestic legislation of the Obama presidency aft er fi ve years of experience. Th e evidence already shows that the three major aims of the ACA—to provide near-universal access to health care, to contain costs and make health care affordable, and to improve the quality of U.S. health care—are not being met. Evidence and experience show that the ACA’s approach to health care reform will not work. As it fails, the big question is what next? The case is made—on economic, social and moral grounds—that a single-payer improved Medicare for all system will meet the ongoing goals of reform. This book explains how all Americans can gain universal access to comprehensive health care, paying less than we do now, with more value and less bureaucracy

Health Care Wars - How Market Ideology and Corporate Power are Killing Americans (2012) / by John Geyman, M.D.

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While pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and medical product companies profit, taxpayers are getting squeezed at an accelerating rate. To make sense of the system and understand why the health care cost debate is only beginning you have to read the succinct words of one of America's wise men, John Geyman, MD. Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides and which party controls Washington, Dr. Geyman's words of wisdom will guide us for the foreseeable future. A must read for all interested in health care policy.

"Dr. John Geyman's Health Care Wars is a tour de force... — Ralph Nader, author of Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build it Together to Win


Souls on a Walk: An enduring love story unbroken by Alzheimer's (2013) by John Geyman

Published in 2013 by Copernicus Healthcare / 210 pages


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“I have been reading the memoir again, and find it as moving as the first time. I returned to it because a dear friend's husband is heading down the path your wife took, and I thought that it would be helpful to him. When I picked it up and started to address the envelope to her, I began leafing through it—and was hooked. You have given anyone who reads it a light into the darkness." —Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company



Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans —by John Geyman, M.D.
(2011) 234 pages, $18.95
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“As always, John Geyman’s feet-on-the-ground, eyes-on-the-horizon writing about health care in America brings lucidity to the topic... It is Geyman at his best.” —Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, The George Washington University

“In Breaking Point, John Geyman explains why it is crucial for us to rebuild our primary care infrastructure, and how we can do it.” —Don McCanne, M.D., Senior Health Policy Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)




Hijacked: The Road to Single-Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Care Reform -by John Geyman, M.D.
(2010) 290 pages, $18.95
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is being spun as the answer to our problems of health care access, costs and quality. But the dirty little secret is that the reform effort has been stolen by the very corporate interests that have perpetuated and profited from these problems for years. The result is a bailout of a failing insurance industry and a bonanza for Wall Street. Most Americans and Main Street lose once again. The need for real health care reform remains urgent. This well-documented book charts a path to that end.



Do Not Resuscitate: why the Health Industry is Dying, and How We Must Replace It - by John Geyman, M.D.
(2008) 250 pages, $18.95
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Do Not Resuscitate traces the evolution and track record of the private health insurance industry in America over the last 80 years. This analysis reveals the extent to which the industry serves itself and investors before the needs of patients and their families.





The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy? —by John Geyman, M.D.
(2008) 345 pages, $24.95
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“John Geyman shines a bright light on the challenges to professionalism in the 21st century. If our profession can respond to his call to action, both physicians and patients will be the better for it.” —Christine K. Cassel, M.D., President of the American Board of Internal Medicine





Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare - by John Geyman, M.D.
(2006) 324 Pages, $16.95
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“Dr. Geyman is a modern day Paul Revere. He warns America—with a stirring mixture of evidence and passion—of the wrecking ball the apostles of greed are taking to Medicare, a national treasure under attack.”

—Robert Hayes President, Medicare Rights Center




Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance - by John Geyman, M.D.
(2005) 224 pages, $24.95
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"For better and for worse, the safety net is what stands between millions of Americans and no health care at all. Dr. John Geyman's Falling Through the Safety Net provides a brilliant road map to this nation's patchwork of medical coverage for the uninsured. As a practitioner, teacher, and medical leader, Geyman has learned his way around the safety net first hand. His book reflects that knowledge as well as his resolve to move beyond the safety net and put a firm floor of medical care in its place. Falling Through the Safety Net is an intelligent instruction manual for dealing with our present dilemmas and a vital prescription pad for moving beyond them. Powerful reading for all."

—Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, author, Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care.