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

By Steven Brill


America’s sour Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed ebook on how the reasonable Care Act, or Obamacare, was once written, the way it is being applied, and, most vital, 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 tremendous struggle to cross 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 whole, within account of the way President Obama endured to push in the course of the legislation, yet then didn't take care of the employees incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
yet accidentally America’s sour Pill finally ends up being a lot more—because as Brill was once finishing this publication, he needed to endure pressing open-heart surgical procedure. hence, this additionally turns into the tale of ways one sufferer who thinks he is familiar with every thing approximately healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a sanatorium gurney—and combines that perception together with his exceptional reporting. the end result: a stunning new imaginative and prescient of ways we will be able to repair American healthcare in order that it stops draining the financial institution money owed of our households and our companies, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s sour Pill
“A journey de strength . . . a accomplished and definitely livid advisor to the political panorama of yank healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The long island Times
“An lively, picaresque, narrative clarification of a lot of what has occurred within the final seven years of overall healthiness coverage . . . [Brill] has pulled off anything extraordinary.”—The ny occasions 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 unusually juicy story of reform.”The day-by-day Beast
“One of crucial books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has completed the possible impossible—written a thrilling ebook concerning the American overall healthiness system.”The New York overview of Books

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What kind of value do we get for all that money we spend on health care in the United States? Not much. S. … Our health care system today violates America’s deep commitment to human dignity for all and fairness for all, and it hampers our nation’s economic competitiveness. … So what … are we missing? Leadership. C. And for the next president here’s the final point of our poll: Voters are saying they’re not hearing from you enough about health care. … It’s up to us voters … to … demand detailed answers about what they’re going to do.

As early as 1973, Ted Kennedy had seen how elusive real insurance could be for people who thought they had it. That year, Kennedy spent endless hours with his son, who was being treated for cancer with a variety of trailblazing drugs. According to his widow, Vicki, the Massachusetts senator sat with parents who faced the ultimate good news/bad news roller coaster: being offered the miracles of great new treatments that were unimaginably expensive and either not covered by insurance at all or covered for only a limited period that did not extend through their child’s treatment.

Raphael in New Haven, Bridgeport Hospital is owned by the Yale New Haven Health System, of which Yale–New Haven Hospital is the flagship. Although Yale University and Yale New Haven are separate entities, Yale–New Haven Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. University representatives, including Yale’s president, sit on the Yale New Haven Health System board. Yale New Haven’s Bridgeport unit applied its list prices to Gilbert’s bill, the way most hospitals do before Medicare or insurance company discounts kick in.

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