Austerity Makes People Sick ... Literally

The surprising link between fiscal policy and public health.


Why should President Obama read your book?

Stuckler: The book shows that there is an alternative to austerity that's grounded in evidence. And when governments pursue it, they can pave the way to a happier and healthier future for people. By making smart, evidence-based investments, not only is it possible to protect people's most valuable asset – their health – but to chart faster economic recoveries and address fundamental threats of deficits and debt. A simple answer is because his choices and those of Congress are matters of life and death for millions of Americans.

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