I love Atul Gawande. If you've never read his writing and you have any interest in topics medical, make haste. He writes with utter clarity on fascinating topics ranging from pain management to how to get doctors to wash their hands more often to itching.
Gawande is a contributer to the New Yorker, and has an article in the current edition about how the U.S. could make a switch to universal health care coverage. Fascinating, and timely. Definitely worth a read, no matter what your political persuasion.