Has he persuaded me to abandon my long-standing views supporting single payer? No—I believe that a combination private/public system, such as embodied by our Medicare program (public financing and private care), does a good job of protecting people from the economic consequences of serious medical costs and does so efficiently and effectively, much more so than the thousands of insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, and so on that we have in America today. But Health Care Turning Point has turned my head a little and made me realize how important it is to have an educated group of consumers who can choose providers on the basis of their quality of care and hold them accountable and to focus on slowing the cost spiral that bedevils reform. So, all of you fellow single-payer advocates, read this book. Life is complicated, and health care reform even more so.