Book Talk: We’ve Got You Covered: Rebooting American Health Care

Oct 3, 2023, 12:15 pm1:20 pm
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room 399
  • Free & open to the public
  • Students, Faculty, Fellows & Staff - registration required



Event Description

Book Talk: We’ve Got You Covered: Rebooting American Health Care

By Liran Einav and Amy Finkelstein


Few of us need convincing that the American health insurance system needs reform. But many of the existing proposals focus on expanding one relatively successful piece of the system or building in piecemeal additions. These proposals miss the point.

As the Stanford health economist Liran Einav and the MIT economist and MacArthur Genius Amy Finkelstein argue, our health care system was never deliberately designed, but rather pieced together to deal with issues as they became politically relevant. The result is a sprawling yet arbitrary and inadequate mess. It has left 30 million Americans without formal insurance. Many of the rest live in constant danger of  losing their coverage if they lose their job, give birth, get older, get healthier, get richer, or move.

It’s time to tear it all down and rebuild, sensibly and deliberately. Marshaling original research, striking insights from American history, and comparative analysis of what works and what doesn’t from systems around the world, Einav and Finkelstein argue for automatic, basic, and free universal coverage for everyone, along with the option to buy additional, supplemental coverage. Their wholly original argument and comprehensive blueprint for an American universal health insurance system will surprise and provoke.

We’ve Got You Covered is an erudite yet lively and accessible prescription we cannot afford to ignore.


Open to the Public and the Princeton University Community. Registration required for in-person attendance for Princeton University ID holders and invited guests. Register here. Livestream open to the public on MediaCentral

  • Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • The Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies
  • Industrial Relations Section