America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and by Steven Brill

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By Steven Brill


America’s sour Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed e-book on how the cheap Care Act, or Obamacare, used to be written, the way it is being applied, and, most crucial, the way it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses within the healthcare undefined. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the vast struggle to move a 961-page legislations aimed toward solving America’s biggest, such a lot dysfunctional undefined. It’s a penetrating chronicle of the way the profiteering that Brill first pointed out in his trailblazing Time journal disguise tale maintains, regardless of Obamacare. And it's the first entire, within account of the way President Obama endured to push during the legislation, yet then didn't care for the employees incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
yet by accident America’s sour Pill finally ends up being a lot more—because as Brill used to be finishing this e-book, he needed to endure pressing open-heart surgical procedure. hence, this additionally turns into the tale of ways one sufferer who thinks he understands every thing approximately healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a clinic gurney—and combines that perception together with his tremendous reporting. the end result: a shocking new imaginative and prescient of the way we will repair American healthcare in order that it stops draining the financial institution debts of our households and our companies, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s sour Pill
“A journey de strength . . . a complete and definitely livid consultant to the political panorama of yank healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The manhattan Times
“An lively, picaresque, narrative rationalization of a lot of what has occurred within the final seven years of health and wellbeing coverage . . . [Brill] has pulled off anything extraordinary.”—The ny instances e-book Review
“A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to because the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.’ ”Los Angeles Times
“A sweeping and lively new publication [that] chronicles the strangely juicy story of reform.”The day-by-day Beast
“One of crucial books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has completed the doubtless impossible—written an exhilarating booklet in regards to the American well-being system.”The New York overview of Books

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Copyright © 2015 by Brill Journalism Enterprises, LLC All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Random House, an imprint and division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York. RANDOM HOUSE and the HOUSE colophon are registered trademarks of Random House LLC. com Jacket design: Joseph Perez Jacket illustration: C. J. , Dancing on Eight in Kentucky, and Frustration in Ohio CHAPTER 22 The Rescue CHAPTER 23 The Finish Line PART FOUR CHAPTER 24 Stuck in the Jalopy Dedication Acknowledgments Appendix: Q&A with President Obama Methodology and Source Notes Other Books by This Author About the Author CHAPTER 1 LOOKING UP FROM THE GURNEY I USUALLY KEEP MYSELF OUT OF THE STORIES I WRITE, BUT THE ONLY way to tell this one is to start with the dream I had on the night of April 3, 2014.

My time on the gurney notwithstanding, I believe everything I have written and will write about the toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system. But now I also understand, firsthand, the meaning of what the caregivers who work in that system do every day. They do achieve amazing things, and when it’s your life or your child’s life or your mother’s life on the receiving end of those amazing things, there is no such thing as a runaway cost. You’ll pay anything, and if you don’t have the money, you’ll borrow at any mortgage rate or from any payday lender to come up with the cash.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society took the elderly out of the equation. Fresh off a landslide presidential election victory and propelled by huge Democratic majorities in Congress, Johnson signed legislation establishing Medicare, the government health insurance program for everyone over sixty-five. Medicare also included a program for the disabled of any age. And the companion Medicaid program that Johnson pushed through at the same time offered limited protection for those living below the poverty line.

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